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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.
We are to consider mankind not as we wish them, but as we find them, frequently corrupt and always fallible.

There is no wisdom in useless and hopeless sorrow.
When I was as you are now, towering in the confidence of twenty-one, little did I suspect that I should be at forty-nine, what I now am.
Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off.
Treating your adversary with respect is giving him an advantage to which he is not entitled.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
R: Letter, 12 April 1781, to Hester Thrale (published in The Letters of Samuel Johnson, vol. 2, no. 722, ed. by R. W. Chapman, 1952).
A: Letter, 9 Jan. 1758 (published in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, 1791).
K: In James Boswell, Tour to the Hebrides, 15 Aug 1773, 1785.

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