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" The wits of these happy days have discovered a way to fame, which the dull caution of our laborious ancestors durst never attempt; they cut the knots of sophistry which it was formerly the business of years to untie, solve difficulties by sudden irradiations... "
The British Essayists; with Prefaces, Historical and Biographical,: The Rambler - Strona 271
1811
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The Children's Bower; Or, What You Like, Tom 2

Kenelm Henry Digby - 1858
...and a disposition to rely wholly upon unassisted genius and natural sagacity. The wits of these days solve difficulties by sudden irradiations of intelligence,...long processes of argument by immediate intuition." They wind up their thoughts often, we might say with Overbury, and as often unwind them. Penelope's...
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English prose composition

James Currie (A.M.) - 1867
...which the dull caution of our laborious ancestors durst never attempt : they cut the knots of sophistry which it was formerly the business of years to untie,...of intelligence, and comprehend long processes of aro/ument by immediate intuition. — JOHNSON. 4. In other wars we have been a divided people ; the...
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Selections from the Works of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1909 - Liczba stron: 479
...sudden irradiations of intelligence, and comprehend long processes of argument by immediate intuition. 5 Men who have flattered themselves into this opinion...condemned by nature to perpetual pupilage, and fruitlessly endeavoring to remedy their barrenness by incessant cultivation, 10 or succor their feebleness by subsidiary...
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Selections from the Works of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1909 - Liczba stron: 479
...collections. the dull caution of our laborious ancestors durst never attempt; they cut the knots of sophistry, which it was formerly the business of years to untie,...long processes of argument by immediate intuition. 5 Men who have flattered themselves into this opinion of their own abilities, look down on all who...
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Edmund Burke

Peter James Stanlis - 1967 - Liczba stron: 129
...which the dull caution of our laborious ancestors durst never attempt; they cut the knots of sophistry which it was formerly the business of years to untie,...inferior beings, condemned by nature to perpetual pupillage, and fruitlessly endeavouring to remedy their barrenness by incessant cultivation, or succour...
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Samuel Johnson as Book Reviewer: A Duty to Examine the Labors of the Learned

Brian Hanley - 2001 - Liczba stron: 293
...which the dull caution of our laborious ancestors durst never attempt; they cut the knots of sophistry which it was formerly the business of years to untie,...long processes of argument by immediate intuition. 31 The "unassisted genius" concept is really nothing more than an apologia for sloth and vainglory,...
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