September 18: Samuel Johnson

September 18: The birth of Samuel Johnson in 1709 | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
September 18: The birth of Samuel Johnson in 1709 | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Friday greetings, cobblers!

Today we celebrate the life of the great Samuel Johnson. Among Johnson’s authorship is “A Dictionary of the English Language”, which held as much respect as the Oxford English Dictionary does today.

For more Johnson quotes, check out this collection: “The Samuel Johnson Sound Bite Page.

The New Yorker has a feature on Johnson: “Man of Fetters.”

My personal favorite of today is a transcript of a lecture on Johnson by Jorge Louis Borges, hosted by The New York Review of Books: “A Lecture on Johnson and Boswell.” Here’s a line from the lecture that I particularly enjoyed: “The truth is, in spite of his numerous accomplishments, he had a natural tendency toward idleness.”

Enjoy the almost Fall-like weekend, my friends.

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