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Dr. Johnson

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Dr. Johnson

Genius of the quotable kind

S amuel Johnson was one of the most distinguished man of letters in eighteenth century Britain. He was disfigured by scrofula, beset by the tics of Tourette’s syndrome, and prone to deep depression.

His Dictionary of the English Language was the the best of its kind until the Oxford Engish Dictionary was published 150 years later. He escaped worries of debtor’s prison by a government pension in 1762.

His wit has aged well. (“A cucumber should be well-sliced, dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out.”)

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