Samuel Johnson Quote

The authour who imitates his predecessors only by furnishing himself with thoughts and elegances out of the same general magazine of literature, can with little more propriety be reproached as a plagiary, than the architect can be censured as a mean copier of Angelo or Wren, because he digs his marble out of the same quarry, squares his stones by the same art, and unites them in columns of the same orders.


The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: With Murphy's Essay (ed. 1825)

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The authour who imitates his predecessors only by furnishing himself with thoughts and elegances out of the same general magazine of literature, can...

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The authour who imitates his predecessors only by furnishing himself with thoughts and elegances out of the same general magazine of literature, can...

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The authour who imitates his predecessors only by furnishing himself with thoughts and elegances out of the same general magazine of literature, can...

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The authour who imitates his predecessors only by furnishing himself with thoughts and elegances out of the same general magazine of literature, can...