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" Sometimes it lieth in pat allusion to a known story, or in seasonable application of a trivial saying, or in forging an apposite tale : sometimes it playeth in words and phrases, taking advantage from the ambiguity of their sense, or the affinity of their... "
The life of Samuel Johnson. Copious notes by Malone - Pagina 381
door James Boswell - 1821
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The European Magazine, and London Review, Volume 18

1790
...and judgments, that it icemeth no Icfs hard to. fetde a clesr and certain notion thereof than to make a portrait of Proteus, or to define the figure of the fleeting air. Sometimes it lieth in pr.t al Union to a known ftory, or in feafonnhle application of a tiivial faying, or in terming an...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Comprehending an Account of His ..., Volume 2

James Boswell - 1791 - 516 pagina’s
...judgements, that it feemcth no lefs hard to fettle a clear and certain notion thereof, than to make a portrait of Proteus, or to define the figure of the fleeting air. Sometimes it lieth in pat allufion to a known ftory, or in feafonable application of a trivial faying, or in forging an appofite...
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Anecdotes of Some Distinguished Persons, Chiefly of the Present ..., Volume 2

William Seward - 1796
...judgments, that it feemeth no lefs hard to " fettle a clear and certain notion thereof than to ** make a portrait of Proteus, or to define the " figure of the fleeting air. Sometimes it lieth " in pat allufion to a known ftory, or in feafonable " application of a trivial faying, or in forging an ""...
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Anecdotes of Some Distingushed Persons: Chiefly of the Present and ..., Volume 2

William Seward - 1796
...judgments, that it feemeth no lefs hard to " fettle a clear and certain notion thereof than to " make a portrait of Proteus, or to define the " figure of the fleeting ajj. Sometimes it lieth /* in pat allufion to a known flory, or in feafonable " application of a trivial...
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Anecdotes of Distinguished Persons: Chiefly of the Present and Two Preceding ...

William Seward - 1798
...judgments, that it feemeth no lefs ** hard to fettle a clear and certain notion ** thereof than to make a portrait of Proteus, " or to define the figure of the fleeting air. ** Sometimes it lieth in pat allufion to a known v ftory, or in feafonable application of a trivial f* faying, or in forging an...
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The New England Quarterly Magazine, Volume 2

1802
...judgments, -that it feemeth no lefs hard to fettle a clear and certain notion thereof than to make a portrait of Proteus, or to define the figure of the fleeting air. Sometimes it lieth in pat allulion to a known ftory, or in feafonable application of a trivial ikying, or in forging an appofite...
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Anecdotes of Distinguished Persons: Chiefly of the Last and Two ..., Volume 2

William Seward - 1804
...no lef»hard to fettle a " clear and certain notion thereof than to make a « portrait of frdtefrs, or to define the figure of "the fleeting air. Sometimes it lieth in pat allu" fion to a known ftory, or in feafonable appli" cation of a trivial faying, or in forging an apf"...
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Specimens of English Prose Writers: From the Earliest Times to the Close of ...

George Burnett - 1807
...judgments, that it seem-1 eth no less hard to settle a clear and certain notion thereof, than to make a portrait of Proteus, or to define the figure of...phrases, taking advantage from the ambiguity of their sense, or the affinity of their sound. Sometimes it is wrapped in a dress of humorous expression ;...
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Specimens of English prose-writers, from the earliest times to the ..., Volume 3

George Burnett - 1807
...judgments, that it seemeth no less hard to settle a clear and certain notion thereof, than to make a portrait of Proteus, or to define the figure of...words and phrases, taking advantage from the ambiguity oftheir sense, or the affinity of their sound. Sometimes it is wrapped in a dress of humorous expression...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of ..., Volume 3

James Boswell - 1807
...Wilkes paid Dr. that it seemcth no less hard to settle a clear and certain notion thereof, than to make a portrait of Proteus, or to define the figure of...application of a trivial saying, or in forging an opposite tale; sometimes it playeth in words and phrases, taking advantage from the ambiguity of their...
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