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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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When two Englishmen meet, their first talk is of the weather.

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We would all be idle if we could.
A
Why Sir, it is much easier to say what it is not. We all "know" what light is; but it is not easy to "tell" what it is.'
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You are much surer that you are doing good when you pay money to those who work, as the recompense of their labour, than when you give money merely in charity.
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When once a man has made celebrity necessary to his happiness, he has put it in the power of the weakest and most timorous malignity, if not to take away his satisfaction, at least to withhold it.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: The Idler."
R: Life of Johnson," (J. Boswell), Vol. III
A: When asked, 'What is poetry'. Life of Johnson," (J. Boswell), Vol. III
N: Quoted in: James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, May 1776 (1791).
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