Sunday, December 03, 2006

From Samuel Johnson's biography of Richard Savage

"By imputing none of his miseries to himself he continued to act upon the same principles and to follow the same path; was never made wiser by his sufferings, nor preserved by one misfortune from falling into another.

"He proceeded throughout his life to tread the same steps on the same circle; always applauding his past conduct, or at least forgetting it, to amuse himself with phantoms of happiness which were dancing before him, and willingly turned his eye from the light of reason, when it would have discovered the illusion and shewn him, what he never wanted to see, his real state."

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At 7:25 AM, Blogger Malcolm Z said...

Johnson's account of Richard Savage is a tissue of lies.


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