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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 man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see. The grand object of travelling is to see the shores of the Mediterranean.

R
A man who is good enough to go to heaven, is good enough to be a clergyman.
A
A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
N
A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.
K
A wicked fellow is the most pious when he takes to it. He'll beat you all at piety.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Life of Johnson," (J. Boswell), Vol. III
R: Life of Johnson (J. Boswell)," Vol. II
A: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
N: Works, vol. 11, "Apophthegms" (ed. by John Hawkins, 1787 --89). Quoted in: Johnsonian Miscellanies, vol. 2 (ed. by George Birkbeck Hill, 1897, p. 11).
K: Quoted in: James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, 10 June 1784 (1791).
   


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