Samuel Johnson’s Insults

Samuel Johnson's Insults: A Compendium of Snubs, Sneers, Slights and Effronteries from the Eighteenth-Century MasterWhen Boswell spoke up for actors – “you never will allow merit to a player” – Johnson cried, “Merit, Sir! what merit?… What, Sir, a fellow who claps a hump on his back, and a lump on his leg, and cries I am Richard the Third?” Boswell wasn’t convinced. “My dear Sir! you may turn anything into ridicule… Who can repeat Hamlet’s soliloquy, ‘To be, or not to be,’ as Garrick does it?” Johnson replied, “Anybody may.” Pointing at an eight-year-old boy in the room, he added, “Jemmy, there, will do it as well in a week.”

Y tenía razón, el viejo gruñón. Maldita estirpe de giddy-brained merry-andrews

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  1. You will I hope look upon it in light of a thing with an end to it a merit that most of my writing have wanted and are like to want but which this epistle I am determined shall not want. The poet was separated from the other common people because he was unable to join with the common affairs of life and circumstance kept him from becoming something greater ..Here rests his head upon the lap of Earth.A youth to Fortune and to Fame unknown..Fair Science frownd not on his humble birth .And Melancholy markd him for her own..Large was his bounty and his soul sincere .Heavn did a recompense as largely send .He gave to Misry all he had a tear .He gaind from Heavn twas all he wishd a friend..No farther seek his merits to disclose .Or draw his frailties from their dread abode . There they alike in trembling hope repose .The bosom of his Father and his God.


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