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Samuel Johnson
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Of a man who remarried after the death of his first wife with whom he had been unhappy. - The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) by James Boswell
Samuel Johnson
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As quoted in: James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) (entry for 1770)
Samuel Johnson
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As quoted in: Essays in mosaic (1870) by Thomas Ballantyne, p. 173. Also in: "Gems of Thought: Being a Collection of More Than a Thousand Choice Selections..." (1888), p. 96
Samuel Johnson
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As quoted in: Joe Miller's jests. With copious additions (Whittaker, 1836), p. 164: "A lady after performing with the most brilliant execution, a sonata on the pianoforte, in the presence of Dr. Johnson, turning to the philosopher, took the liberty of asking him if he was fond of music. No, madam, replied the doctor; but of all noises I think music is the least disagreeable"
Samuel Johnson
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April 7, 1775, p. 253 - Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)
Samuel Johnson
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Together with A Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides (1888 edition)


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Born: September 18, 1709

Died: December 13, 1784 (aged 75)

Nationality: English

Occupation: Author, essayist, lexicographer, biographer, poet

Bio: Samuel Johnson, often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history.

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Sound is naught but broken air, And every speech that is spoken, Loud or privily, foul or fair, In its substance is but air; For as flame is but lighted smoke, So sound is air that is broken.

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