Samuel Johnson Quote

It ought to be the first endeavour of a writer to distinguish nature from custom; or that which is established because it is right, from that which is right only because it is established; that he may neither violate essential principles by a desire of novelty, nor debar himself from the attainment of beauties within his view, by a needless fear of breaking rules which no literary dictator had authority to enact.


The Rambler: In Four Volumes (ed. 1761)

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It ought to be the first endeavour of a writer to distinguish nature from custom; or that which is established because it is right, from that which...

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It ought to be the first endeavour of a writer to distinguish nature from custom; or that which is established because it is right, from that which...

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It ought to be the first endeavour of a writer to distinguish nature from custom; or that which is established because it is right, from that which...

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It ought to be the first endeavour of a writer to distinguish nature from custom; or that which is established because it is right, from that which...