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" Those writers who lay on the watch for novelty could have little hope of greatness ; for great things cannot have escaped former observation. "
The New Annual Register, Or General Repository of History, Politics, and ... - Page xiii
1801
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Specimens of Modern English Literary Criticism

William Tenney Brewster - English literature - 1907 - 379 pages
...import means exility of particles, is taken in its metaphorical meaning for nicety of distinction. Those writers who lay on the watch for novelty could have little hope of greatness; for great things cannot have escaped former observation. Their attempts were always analytic;...
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Doctor Johnson: A Study in Eighteenth Century Humanism

Percy Hazen Houston - 1923 - 280 pages
...positions not limited by exceptions, and in descriptions not descending to minuteness. . . . Those writers who lay on the watch for novelty could have little hope of greatness; for great things cannot have escaped former observation. Their attempts were always analytick:...
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Alms for Oblivion: Essays

Edward Dahlberg - American literature - 1964 - 166 pages
...handsaw." And we have another slice of Johnsonian diction in the following that Tate cites: "These writers who lay on the watch for novelty, could have little hope of greatness; for great things cannot have escaped former observation. Their attempts were always analytic;...
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A Critical History of English Literature: The Restoration to 1800, Volume 3

David Daiches - 1979 - 319 pages
...positions not limited by exceptions, and in descriptions not descending to minuteness. . . . Those writers who lay on the watch for novelty could have little hope of greatness; for great things cannot have escaped former observation. Their attempts were always analytic;...
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Twice-told Proverbs and the Composition of the Book of Proverbs

Daniel C. Snell - Religion - 1993 - 146 pages
...Samuel Johnson (edited by Allan Wendt; Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1965), p. 142 1 Introduction Those writers who lay on the watch for novelty could have little hope of greatness; for great things cannot have escaped former observation. [The Metaphysical poets'] attempts...
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Samuel Johnson: Literature, Religion and English Cultural Politics from the ...

J. C. D. Clark - Biography & Autobiography - 1994 - 270 pages
...the conventions, 'Their wish was only to say what they hoped had been never said before . . . Those writers who lay on the watch for novelty could have little hope of greatness; for great things cannot have escaped former observation.'47 Especially, they could not have...
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Studies in Criticism and Aest

Howard Anderson - Aesthetics, British - 1999 - 419 pages
...thinness, meagreness] of particles, is taken in its metaphorical meaning for nicety of distinction. Those writers who lay on the watch for novelty could have little hope of greatness; for great things cannot have escaped former observation. Their attempts were always analytick:...
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Alms for Oblivion

Edward Dahlberg - Literary Collections - 1967 - 166 pages
...handsaw." And we have another slice of Johnsonian diction in the following that Tate cites: "These writers who lay on the watch for novelty, could have little hope of greatness; for great things cannot have escaped former observation. Their attempts were always analytic;...
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