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" Is not a patron, my lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help? The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labours, had it been early, had been kind... "
Boswell's Life of Johnson: Including Boswell's Journal of a Tour of the ... - Page 304
by James Boswell - 1799
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Patrick O'Brian: A Life

Dean King - 2001 - 416 pages
...O'Brian quoted as an example of superb prose rhythm Samuel Johnson's famous rebuff of Lord Chesterfield: Is not a Patron, my Lord, one who looks with unconcern...am solitary, and cannot impart it; till I am known and do not want it. (Boswell, Life of Johnson, p. 185) True, the passage was illustrative of eloquent...
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Charles W. Chesnutt: Essays and Speeches

Joseph R. McElrath, Jr., Robert C. Leitz, Jesse S. Crisler - 2001 - 636 pages
...one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and when he has reached the ground encumbers him with help? The notice which you...am solitary, and cannot impart it; till I am known, and do not want it. I hope it is no very cynical asperity not to confess obligations where no benefit...
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Little Women

Louisa May Alcott - 2001 - 619 pages
...had nearly completed his Dictionary: Johnson wrote a sharp letter of rebuttal to Chesterfield, saying "The notice which you have been pleased to take of...am solitary and cannot impart it, till I am known and do not want it" (Redford 1:96). See p. 234, note 2. and can't enjoy it — solitary, and can't...
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Samuel Johnson as Book Reviewer: A Duty to Examine the Labors of the Learned

Brian Hanley - 2001 - 293 pages
...with help?" writes Samuel Johnson in his famous letter to Lord Chesterfield, dated 7 February 1755. "The notice which you have been pleased to take of...am solitary and cannot impart it, till I am known and do not want it." 59 Johnson's epistolary rebuke to Lord Chesterfield and the unsatisfying relationship...
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English Rhetoric

Xiuguo Zhang - 2005 - 268 pages
...repetition to express his contempt for and strong indignation at Lord Chesterfield's hypocrisy; (14) The notice which you have been pleased to take of...am solitary and cannot impart it; till I am known, and do not want it. (Samuel Johnson) Parallelism is one of the most frequently used of all English...
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Lines of Enquiry: Studies in Latin Poetry

Niall Rudd - 2005 - 228 pages
...been pleased to take of my labours, had it been early, had been kind ; but it has been delayed until I am indifferent, and cannot enjoy it, till I am solitary and cannot impart it, till I am known and do not want it. I hope it is no very cynical asperity not to confess obligations where no benefit...
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Patrons of Enlightenment

Edward Andrew - 2006 - 284 pages
...Patron, my Lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, once he has reached ground, encumbers him with help? The...am solitary, and cannot impart it; till I am known, and do not want it. I hope it is no cynical asperity not to confess obligations where no benefit has...
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On Reviving a Lost Revolution

Duane Robert Pierson - 2006 - 68 pages
...the water and when he has reached ground encumbers him with help? The notice which i/ou have taken of my labours, had it been early, had been kind; but...am solitary and cannot impart it, till I am known and do not want it. I hope it is no very cynical asperity to confess obligation where no benefit has...
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The Yale Book of Quotations

Fred R. Shapiro, Associate Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research Fred R Shapiro - 2006 - 1067 pages
...reached ground, encumbers him with help? The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labors, r is thereby plunged into a kind of idleness— he...in short, serious: instead of functioning himself, and do not want it. Quoted in James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) (letter to Lord Chesterfield,...
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Educated Imagination and Other Writings on Critical Theory, 1933-1962

Northrop Frye, Germaine Warkentin - 2006 - 553 pages
...been pleased to take of my labours, had it been early, had been kind; but it has been delayed until I am indifferent, and cannot enjoy it; till I am solitary, and cannot impart it; till I am known, and do not want it.20 In more than one sense these are "measured" words. We noticed a similar phrase...
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