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CONTAINING

APHORISMS.

ON

LITERATURE, LIFE, AND MANNERS;

WITH

ANECDOTES

OF

DISTINGUISHED PERSONS:

SELECTED AND ARRANGED

FROM

MR. BOSWELL'S LIFE OF JOHNSON.

He that questioneth much thall learn inuch, and content
much; but especially if he apply Kis questiolis to the skill of the
persons whom he asketh: for he. kail give them occasion to
please themselves in speakiny; and himself full continually
gather knowledge.

BACON'S ESSAYS.

London:

PRINTED FOR C. DILLY IN THE POULTRY,

M,DCC,XCVIII.

TENOX LIBRARA NEW YORK

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The approbation bestowed on Boswell's Life of JOHNSON, suggested the propriety of the selection now offered to the Public. The sentiments of that great moralis and judge of human nature on various interesting topics are here arranged and digested in a manner which it is hoped will prove agreeable to a numerous class of readers ; those, namely, who seek for instruction from works which they may take up or lay down at pleasure, without interrupting the chain of an argument, or the circumstances of a narration,

Dr. Johnson's conper;ction polf:/jed precisely that exa cellence so well described by LORD VERULAM in a sentence almost immediately preceding ihat which has been chosen for the metto to the Title Page of this work :-" It is good in discourse and speech of conversation (says his Lordship, in the quaint but expresive language of his age) to vary

and inter mingle speech of the present occafion with arguments ; tales with reasons; asking of questions with telling of spinions ; and jest with earnest."

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