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" He has a singular talent of exhibiting character." JOHNSON. " Sir, it is not a talent ; it is a vice ; it is what others abstain from. It is not comedy, which exhibits the character of a species, as that of a miser gathered from many misers ; it is farce... "
Dr. Johnson's table-talk: aphorisms [&c.] selected and arranged from mr ... - Page 200
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
...humour ?" JoHNSON. " Yes, Sir." BOSWELL. " He has a fingular talent of exhibiting character." JoHNSON. " Sir, it is not a talent, it is a vice; it is what others abftain from. It is not comedy, which exhibits the character of a fpecies, as that of a mifer gathered...
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The Wandering Patentee: Or, A History of the Yorkshire Theatres ..., Volumes 1-2

Tate Wilkinson - 1795
...mour ?" " Johnfon. Yes, Sir." " BifiuelL He has a Cngular taknt of ei" hibiting character." " Jobnfon. Sir, it is not a talent, it is a vice ; " it is what others abilain from. It is not comedy "which exhibits the character of a fpecies, as " that of a mifer gathered...
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Dr. Johnson's Table Talk: Containing Aphorisms on Literature, Life ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - 1798 - 446 pages
...of humour ?" J. " Yes, Sir." B. " He has a fmr gular talent of exhibiting character." J. " Sir, it is not a talent ; it is a vice ; it is what others abflain from. It is not comedy,. which exhibits the character of a fpecies, as that of a mifer gathered...
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Memoirs of Samuel Foote, Esq: With a Collection of His Genuine Bon-mots ...

William Cook - 1805
...coarse." Being asked whether Foote had a singular talent of exhibiting character, he replied, " No, Sir : it is not a talent, it is a vice. It is what...gathered from many misers ; it is farce, which exhibits an individual." cxxxin. The same. At another time, speaking of his dramatic character, he observed:...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1807
...humour." JOHNSON. " Yes, Sir." BOSWELL. " He has a singular talent of exhibiting character." JOHNSON. " Sir, it is not a talent ; it is a vice ; it is what...misers : it is farce, which exhibits individuals." BOSWELL. "Did not he think of exhibiting you, Sir 1" JOHNSON. " Sir, fear restrained him ; he knew...
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The life of Samuel Johnson. [With] The principal corrections and ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1807
...humour." JOHNSON. " Yes, Sir." BOSWELL. " He has a singular talent of exhibiting character." JOHNSON. " Sir, it is not a talent ; it is a vice ; it is what...misers : it is farce which exhibits individuals." BOSWELL. " Did not he think of exhibiting you, Sir ?" JOHNSON. " Sir, fear restrained him ; he knew...
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The life of Samuel Johnson, Volume 2

James Boswell - 1817
...humour." JOHNSON. " Yes, Sir." BOSWELL. "He has a singular talent of exhibiting character." JOHNSON. "Sir, it is not a talent; it is a vice; it is what...misers : it is farce which exhibits individuals." BosWELL. " Did not he think of exhibiting you, Sir?" JOHNSON. "Sir, fear restrained him: he knew I...
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The Table Talk of John Selden

John Selden - 1818 - 180 pages
...humour ?" J. " Yes, Sir." B. " He has a singular talent of exhibiting character." J. " Sir, it is not a talent ; it is a vice ; it is what...not he think of exhibiting you, Sir ?" J. " Sir, feat tesUaivneA \\VKV-, Vve, Wewr I would have broken his bones. I would have saved him the trouble...
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Johnsoniana..

James Boswell - 1820 - 178 pages
...humour." JOHNSON. " Yes, sir." BOSVTELL. " He has a singular talent of exhibiting character." JOHNSON. " Sir, it is not a talent, it is a vice ; it is what...misers ; it is farce, which exhibits individuals." BOSWELL. " Did not he think of exhibiting yon, sir ?" JOHNSON. " Sir, fear restrained him : he knew...
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Johnsoniana..

James Boswell - 1820 - 178 pages
...JOHNSON. " Yes, sir." BOSWELL. " He has a singHlar talent of exhibiting character." JOHNSON. " Sir, His not a talent, it is a vice ; it is what others abstain...misers ; it is farce, which exhibits individuals." BOSWELL. " Did not he think of exhibiting yon, sir ?" JOHNSON. " Sir, fear restrained him : he knew...
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