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Dr. Adam Smith , than whom few were better judges on this subject , once observed to me , that Johnson knew more books than any man alive . He had a peculiar facility in seizing at once what was valuable in any book , without ...
When I had once addressed your Lordship in publick , I had exhausted all the art of pleasing which a retired and uncourtly scholar can possess . I had done all that I could ; and no man is well pleased to have his all neglected , be it ...
has been celebrated for its abruptness , and plunging into the subject all at once . But such arts as these have no merit , unless when they are original . We admire them only once ; and this abruptness has nothing new in it .
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12/22/20 I own the complete set (vol 1-54) and keep them at home on the top west shelf of my office; this includes The Great Conversation (which is volume 1) and The Great Ideas (volumes 2-3, the ... Read full review
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Picked up this entire set in excellent condition at a library sponsored used book sale for $60.00. hands down one of my best finds. Read full review