"The power that predominated in his intellectual operations was
rather strong reason than quick sensibility. Upon all occasions
that were presented he studied rather than felt, and produced
sentiments not such as Nature enforces, but meditation supplies.
With the simple and elemental passions, as they spring separate
in the mind, he seems not much acquainted; and seldom describes
them but as they are complicated by the various relations of
society, and confused in the tumults and agitations of life."
Johnson: Dryden (Lives of the Poets)
1,301. Deliberation; Time
"About things on which the public thinks long it commonly attains
to think right."
Johnson: Addison (Lives of the Poets)