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Dr. Samuel Johnson [1709-84]

British literary giant Dr. Samuel Johnson lived in London from 1737; after several poems and scholarly works, his "Dictionary of The English Language" was published in 1755, which brought fame though not much fortune; his eight-volume "Plays of William Shakespeare" was published in 1765; his "Lives of The English Poets" was published in 1781. Johnson befriended the young Scots aristocrat James Boswell from 1763; Boswell is most famous for his "The Life of Samuel Johnson, LLD" [1791], which revolutionized the genre of biography.      

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Samuel Johnson entry at Wikipedia
27 works by Samuel Johnson online at Project Gutenberg
Samuel Johnson [1709-84] Quotations website

Complete Works of Samuel Johnson Illustrated in Kindle format from Delphi Classics  
"Delphi Complete Works of Samuel Johnson (Illustrated)" for Kindle [2013]
Kindle Edition from Delphi Classics [9/2013] for $2.51 {sic}
Quite complete, according to list on Amazon: sections include Essays & Pamphlets, selections from the Dictionary, Biographies (3), Criticism, The Poems (2 indexes), Criticism by others, one novella, one stageplay, plus the Boswell biography & three others



“It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives.”  {Issue #40}
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“Sir, he who would earn his bread writing books must have the assurance of a duke,
the wit of a courtier, and the guts of a burglar.”  {blog 11/2007}
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“It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated
than not to trust.”  {blog 3/2008}
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“He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.”
{favorite quote of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson [1937-2005] }  {blog 7/2008}
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“To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches, and therefore every man endeavors
with his utmost care to hide his poverty from others, and his idleness from himself.”  {blog 9/2008}
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“If it rained knowledge I'd hold out my hand, but I would not give myself the trouble
to go in quest of it.”  {blog 11/2008}
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“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”   {blog 2/2009}
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“No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.”  {blog 11/2010}
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“The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar
and familiar things new.”  {blog 2/2011 & 11/2015}
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“Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.”  {blog 6/2011}
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“It is better to live rich than to die rich.”  {blog 12/2011}
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“Words are like money. There is nothing so useless, except when put to use.”  {blog 2/2012}
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“The tavern chair is the throne of human felicity.”  {blog 3/2012}
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“Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.”  {blog 9/2012}
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“The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.”  {blog 7/2013}
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“Knowledge without integrity is dreadful.”  {blog 1/2014}
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“Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.”  {blog 9/2015}

Dr. Samuel Johnson Quotations Not Yet Used on Blog

"Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverence."

"Language is the dress of thought; every time [that] you talk your mind is on parade."

"Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea."

"A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain."

"Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price."

"Be not too hasty to trust or admire the teachers of morality: They discourse like angels but they live like men."

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