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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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Youth enters the world with very happy prejudices in her own favour. She imagines herself not only certain of accomplishing every adventure, but of obtaining those rewards which the accomplishment may deserve.

R
Wonder is the effect of novelty upon ignorance.
A
[Golf is] a game in which you claim the privileges of age and retain the playthings of childhood.
N
Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
K
You may abuse a tragedy, though you cannot write one. You may scold a carpenter who has made you a bad table, though you cannot make a table. It is not your trade to make tables.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Rambler, no. 127 (London, 4 June 1751; repr. in Works of Samuel Johnson, vol 4, ed. by W. J. Bate and Albrecht B. Strauss, 1969).
R: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
A: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
N: In "1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said," ed. Robert Byrne, 1988.
K: Referring to the qualifications needed to indulge in literary criticism. "Life of Johnson," (J. Boswell), Vol. I
   


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