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" His first defect is that to which may be imputed most of the evil in books or in men. He sacrifices virtue to convenience, and is so much more careful to please than to instruct, that he seems to write without any moral purpose. From his writings indeed... "
The dramatic (poetical) works of William Shakspeare; illustr., embracing a ... - Page xxxiii
by William Shakespeare - 1850
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The Works of Shakspeare: From the Text of Johnson, Steevens, and Reed

William Shakespeare - 1825 - 896 pages
...pretensions to renown ; and little refard is due to that bigotry wLicli sets candour igher than truth. His sions, and so high esteem, Should be infused with...Christopher Sly, old Sfy's son of Burton-heath ; pnrpose. From his writings indeed a system of social duty may be selected, for he that thinks reasonably...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson ...: Miscellaneous pieces

Samuel Johnson - 1825
...bigotry which sets candour higher than truth. His first defect is that to which may be imputed most of j the evil in books or in men. He sacrifices virtue...moral purpose. From his writings, indeed, a system of social duty may be selected, for he that thinks reasonably must think morally; but his precepts and...
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The Dramatic Works of William Shakspeare, Volume 1

William Shakespeare - 1826
...Jonson, by bis contemporaries, seems to have been given with reference as much to the suavity of bis temper as to the harmony of his verse. In their dedication...much more careful to please than to instruct that be seems to write without any moral purpose. From his writings, indeed, a system of moral duty may...
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The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Life of Shakespeare. Seven ages ...

William Shakespeare - 1826
...the friendship of Southampton; we may extract it from the pages of his immortal works. Dr. Johuson, in his much over-praised Preface, seems to have taken...much more careful to please than to instruct that be seems to write without any moral purpose. From bis writings, indeed, a system of moral duty may...
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The Dramatic Works of Shakespeare: With a Life, Volume 1

William Shakespeare - 1828
...He says/' His (Shakspeare's) first defect is that to which may he imputed most of the evil in hooks or in men. He sacrifices virtue to convenience ; and...moral purpose. From his writings, indeed, a system if moral duty may he selected," (indeed !) WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE. xxxvii " but his precepts and axioms...
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The Dramatic Works and Poems of William Shakespeare, with Notes ..., Volume 1

William Shakespeare - 1831
...He says, " His ( Shakspeare ' ) first defect is that to which may be imputed most of the evil ia her, Rose at an instant, Icarn'd, play'd, eat together,...Still we went coupled, and inseparable. Duke F, She hie precepts and axioms drop casually from him:" , by eome unprofessional pencil, when the Poet was...
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The plays and poems of Shakspeare [according to the text of E ..., Volume 1

William Shakespeare - 1832
...pretensions to renown ; and little regard is due to that bigotry which sets candor higher than truth. His first defect is that to which may be imputed most...moral purpose. From his writings indeed a system of social duty may he selected, for he that thinks reason ably must think morally ; but his precepts and...
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The Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare: Accurately Printed from the Text ...

William Shakespeare - 1833 - 1064 pages
...pretensions to renown ; and little regard is due to that bigotry which sets eandoui higher than truth. His signiors and rich burghers of the flood, 4) Or, as it were, the careVI Ta.S. VII fill to please than to instruct, that he seems to write without any moral purpose....
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The Young men's magazine, Volumes 1-2

British and foreign young men's society - 1837
...impelled to record. He says, " Shakspeare's first defect is that to which may be imputed most of the evils in books or in men. He sacrifices virtue to convenience,...moral purpose. From his writings indeed a system of social duty may be selected, for he that thinks reasonably must think morally ; but his precepts and...
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The works of ... David M'Nicoll [ed.] by J. Dixon

David M'Nicoll - 1837
...judgment respecting the moral form and bearing of his pieces. " He sacrifices," says this critic, " virtue to convenience, and is so much more careful...moral purpose. From his writings, indeed, a system of social duty may be selected, for he that thinks reasonably must think morally ; but his precepts and...
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