Samuel Johnson

NOUN
  1. English writer and lexicographer (1709-1784)
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  • If you know the word lexicographer, there’s a better-than-even chance you also know Samuel Johnson’s self-mocking definition of it: “a writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.” The Volokh Conspiracy » Guestblogging Dictionary Myths (Pt 4):
  • Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. Samuel Johnson 
  • All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance. Samuel Johnson 
  • It bears only three marks – one vertical and one at 45° to each side – showing times of prayer.01388 602860"It rather awes than pleases," as Samuel Johnson put it. Early medieval architecture in Britain: examples from the era
  • Youth enters the world with very happy prejudices in her own favor. She imagines herself not only certain of accomplishing every adventure, but of obtaining those rewards which the accomplishment may deserve. She is not easily persuaded to believe that the force of merit can be resisted by obstinacy and avarice, or its luster darkened by envy and malignity. Samuel Johnson 
  • The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. Samuel Johnson 
  • The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape. Samuel Johnson 
  • Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed. Samuel Johnson 
  • Grief is a species of idleness. Samuel Johnson 
  • He even won a number of skirmishes with Dr. Samuel Johnson, the great English lexicographer, poet, and critic, who sneered at American words as "barbarisms" and the language of the Yankees as a "dialect," then a pejorative term. VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XII No 2
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