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Samuel Johnson
(1709-1784) born on
Sep 18
English lexicographer, critic. He was remembered for writing the first critique of Shakespeare, 1765 and "Dictionary of the English Language," 1755.
         
   
F
Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualifications which he does not possess.

R
One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.
A
Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.
N
Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price.
K
Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "The Rambler."
R: 28 Apr 1778; in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, 1791.
A: In "The New Webster's Dictionary of Quotations and Famous Phrases," by Donald Bolander, 1987.
N: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
K: In "Quotations of Wit and Wisdom," ed. & John W. Garder et al., 1975.
   


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