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476. Art; Contemplation; Learning
"Example is always more efficacious than precept. A soldier is formed in war, and a painter must copy pictures. In this, contemplative life has the advantage: great actions are seldom seen, but the labors of art are always at hand for those who desire to know what art has been able to perform."
Johnson: Rasselas [Imlac]
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1,038. Art; Criticism; Poetry
On Milton's Lycidas: "In this poem there is no nature, for there is no truth; there is no art, for there is nothing new. Its form is that of a pastoral, easy, vulgar, and therefore disgusting: whatever images it can supply are long ago exhausted; and its inherent improbability always forces dissatisfaction on the mind."
Johnson: Milton (Lives of the Poets)

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