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" JOHNSON, (with a disdainful look,) ' Why, on dunces. It was worth while being a dunce then. Ah, Sir, hadst thou lived in those days ! It is not worth while being a dunce now, when there are no wits. "
Dr. Johnson's table-talk: aphorisms [&c.] selected and arranged from mr ... - Page 194
by Samuel Johnson - 1807
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Comprehending an Account of His ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1791 - 516 pages
...ventured to fay, " Too fine for fuch a poem :• — a poem on what ?" JOHNSON, (with a difdainful look,) " Why, on dunces. It was worth while being a dunce then. Ah, Sir, hadft thou lived in thofe days! It is not worth while being a dunce now, when there are no wits." Bickerftaff...
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Dr. Johnson's Table Talk: Containing Aphorisms on Literature, Life ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - 1798 - 446 pages
...company ventured to fay, " Too fine for fuch a poem : a poem on what ?" — JOHNSON (with a difdainful look). " Why, on dunces' It was worth while being a dunce then. Ah, Sir, hadft/£oĞ lived in thofe days ! It is not worth while being a dunce now, when there are no wits."...
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The life of Samuel Johnson. [With] The principal corrections and ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1807
...lines one of the company ventured to say, " Too fine for such a poem : — a poem on what ?" JOHNSON, (with a disdainful look,) " Why, on dunces. It was worth while being a dunce then. Ah, Sir, hadst tfiou lived in those days ! It is not worth whil,e being a dunce now, when there are no wits." Bickerstaff...
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The life of Samuel Johnson, Volume 2

James Boswell - 1817
...lines, one of the company ventured to say, " Too fine for such a poem : — a poem on what ?" JOHNSON, (with a disdainful look,) " Why, on dunces. It was worth while being a dunce then. Ah, Sir, had st tliuu lived in those days ! It is not worth while being a dunce now, when there are no wits."...
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The Table Talk of John Selden

John Selden - 1818 - 180 pages
...lines, one of the company ventured to say, " Too fine for such a poem: a poem on what?" — JOHNSON (with a disdainful look). " Why, on dunces. It was...peculiar circumstance, that Pope's fame was higher when be was alive than it was then. Johnson said, his Pastorals were poor things, though the versification...
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Johnsoniana..

James Boswell - 1820 - 178 pages
...lines, one of the company ventured to say, " Too fine for such a poem : — a poem on what ?" JOHNSON, (with a disdainful look,) " Why, on dunces. It was...it was then. Johnson said, his pastorals were poor tilings, though the versification was fine. He told us, with high satisfaction, the anecdote of Pope's...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, Volume 1

James Boswell - 1820
...lines, oue of the company ventured to say, " Too fine for such a poem: — a poem on what?" HINSON. (with a disdainful look,) " Why, on dunces. It was worth while being a dunce then. Ah, Sir, hadst ihon lived in those days ! It is not worth while being a dunce now, when there are no wits." BickerstafT...
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Johnsoniana..

James Boswell - 1820 - 178 pages
...lines, one of the company ventured to say, " Too fine for such n poem : — a poem on what J" JOHNSON, (with a disdainful look,) " Why, on dunces. It was worth while being a dunce then. Ah, sir, hadst than lived ra those days ! — It is not worth while being a dunce now, when there are no wits." Bickerstaff...
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The British Prose Writers, Volume 16

1821
...lines, one of the company ventured to say, " Too fine for such a poem : — a poem on what ?" JOHNSON, (with a disdainful look,) " Why, on dunces. It was worth while being a dunce then. Ah, sir, hadst thott lived in those days ! — It is now, when there are no wits." served, as a peculiar circumstance,...
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The life of Samuel Johnson. [With] The principal corrections and ..., Volume 2

James Boswell - 1822
...those lines one of the company ventured to say, " Too fine for such a poem:—a poem on what?" JOHNSON. (with a disdainful look,) " Why, on dunces. It was...Bickerstaff observed, as a peculiar circumstance, that Pone's fame was higher when he was alive than it was then. Johnson said, his' Pastorals were poor things,...
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