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

R
There is no wisdom in useless and hopeless sorrow.
A
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.
N
Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off.
K
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).
N:
K: In James Boswell, Tour to the Hebrides, 15 Aug 1773, 1785.
   


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