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" Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and overburdened,... "
The Monthly magazine - Page 120
by Monthly literary register - 1839
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Wit and Wisdom of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson, George Birkbeck Norman Hill - Aphorisms and apothegms - 1888 - 323 pages
...greatness shall be obliterated1.' Yet of Paradise Lost he writes, 'None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and over-burdened, and look elsewhere for recreation ; we desert our master, and seek for companions V...
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A Japanese Boy

Shiukichi Shigemi - Botanists - 1889 - 128 pages
...Philosophical Society, vol. i. t Genie du Christianisme, terest," says the latter," is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader...admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton...
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Milton, with an Introduction and Notes

Samuel Johnson - 1892 - 139 pages
...universal knowledge. But original deficience cannot be supplied. The want of human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader...admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton...
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Milton's Paradise Lost ...

John Milton - 1893
...general reading public in their heart of hearts is inclined to endorse Dr. Johnson's judgment, that Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader...admires and lays down and forgets to take up again ; that none ever wished it longer than it is ; that its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure ;...
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Milton, with an Introduction and Notes

Samuel Johnson - 1893 - 139 pages
...cannot be supplied. The want of /human interest's always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the nWoK^rfnch ,the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton...
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Johnson's Life of Milton, with intr. and notes by F. Ryland

Samuel Johnson - 1894
...knowledge. But original deficience cannot be supplied. The want of human interest is always felt. " Paradise Lost " is one of the books which the reader...admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton...
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Paradise Lost, Books 1-2

John Milton - 1896
..."Lives of the Poets," considers Milton's poetry, and finally makes the terribly candid remark: " ' Paradise Lost ' is one of the books which the reader...admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton...
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Milton's Paradise Lost: Books I and II., Book 1

John Milton - 1896 - 112 pages
..."Lives of the Poets," considers Milton's poetry, and finally makes the terribly candid remark: " ' Paradise Lost' is one of the books which the reader...admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton...
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Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Volume 21

Charles Dudley Warner - Literature - 1896
...reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation; we desert our master, and seek for companions. Another...
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Library of the World's Best Literature: A-Z

Charles Dudley Warner, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Lucia Isabella Gilbert Runkle, George H. Warner, Edward Cornelius Towne - Literature - 1897
...knowledge. But original deficiency cannot be supplied. The want of human interest is always felt. ' Paradise Lost ' is one of the books which the reader...admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton...
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