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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
When men come to like a sea-life, they are not fit to live on land.

R
We are perpetually moralists, but we are geometricians only by chance. Our intercourse with intellectual nature is necessary; our speculations upon matter are voluntary, and at leisure.
A
Where there is no hope there can be no endeavor.
N
Wickedness is always easier than virtue; for it takes a short cut to everything.
K
What provokes your risibility, Sir? Have I said anything that you understand? Then I ask pardon of the rest of the company.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Quoted in: James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, 18 March 1776 (1791).
R: Lives of the English Poets," 'Milton'
A: The Rambler
N: quoted by James Boswell, 'Tour to the Hebrides', Sept. 17, 1773
K: Quoted in: Richard Cumberland, Anecdotes (first published in Memoirs, 1807; repr. in Johnsonian Miscellanies, vol. 2, ed. by George Birkbeck Hill, 1897, p. 77).
   


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