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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.
         
   
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A country governed by a despot is an inverted cone.

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A Scotchman must be a very sturdy moralist who does not love Scotland better than truth.
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'Lexicographer, n.' A writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge.
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A Judge may be a farmer; but he is not to geld his own pigs. A Judge may play a little at cards for his own amusement; but he is not to play at marbles, or chuck farthing in the Piazza.
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A continual feast of commendation is only to be obtained by merit or by wealth: many are therefore obliged to content themselves with single morsels, and recompense the infrequency of their enjoyment by excess and riot, whenever fortune sets the banquet.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Life of Johnson," (J. Boswell), Vol. III
R: Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland," 'Col'
A: 'Dictionary'
N: Quoted in: James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, 6 April 1775 (1791).
K: Rambler, no. 193 (London, 21 Jan. 1752; repr. in Works of Samuel Johnson, vol. 5, ed. by W. J. Bate and Albrecht B. Strauss, 1969).
   


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