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Samuel Johnson
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  • It took Samuel Johnson nine years to create his dictionary. It had almost 43,000 entries and many of the quotations in it, were later repeated in Webster’s Dictionary.
  • A lot of people think that the first English dictionary was put together in the 1700s by a man named Samuel Johnson.
    Andrew Clements  --  Frindle
  • Referring to the American revolutionaries, Samuel Johnson had asked sarcastically in 1775: "How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes?"
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains

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  • Perhaps the Overlook, large and rambling Samuel Johnson that it was, had picked him to be its Boswell.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • We read together, "As You Like It," Burke’s "Speech on Conciliation with America," and Macaulay’s "Life of Samuel Johnson."
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • On the cover was inserted a copy of "Lines addressed to a young lady on quitting Miss Pinkerton’s school, at the Mall; by the late revered Doctor Samuel Johnson."
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • THE SEVENTH DAY THURSDAY, 9 DECEMBER The North Atlantic When Samuel Johnson compared sailing in a ship to "being in jail, with the chance of being drowned," at least he had the consolation of travelling to his ship in a safe carriage, Ryan thought.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • In a related Arkansas River story Fox News reported that this evening Samuel Johnson, captain of a river transport barge, had a heart attack while piloting the barge.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • Samuel Johnson, the era’s reigning arbiter of all things of the mind, and no easy judge of men, responded warmly to the "unaffected good nature" of George III.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776

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  • In London, Samuel Johnson, who had no sympathy for the American cause, had asked, "How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty from the drivers of Negroes?"
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In such circumstances, the mind still longs to repose in what Samuel Johnson once called with superb confidence "the stability of truth", even as it recognizes the destabilizing nature of its own operations and enquiries.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • A home-made school dictionary, issued at New Haven in 1798 or 1799 by one Samuel Johnson, Jr.—apparently no relative of the great Sam—and a larger work published a year later by Johnson and the Rev. John Elliott, pastor in East Guilford, Conn.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • There is not a single reference in Gottschall’s book to such students of the mechanics of storytelling as William Empson, Samuel Johnson, Lionel Trilling, Virginia Woolf, Edmund Wilson, or Randall Jarrell, all of whom brooded long and hard upon stories and their subjects.
    Adam Gopnik  --  Can Science Explain Why We Tell Stories?
  • S’ever, dear Boswell, SAMUEL JOHNSON.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • ] [Footnote 89: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784).
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Rush—high-spirited, handsome, and all of thirty—had studied medicine in Edinburgh and in London, where he came to know Benjamin Franklin and once dined with Samuel Johnson and James Boswell.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The other thing that Samuel Johnson did that was special was to choose the words he thought were most important, and then give lots of examples showing how the words got used by people.
    Andrew Clements  --  Frindle
  • In a different way Macaulay’s "Life of Samuel Johnson" was interesting.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • But the giants of London’s literary world, authors to whom the Adamses were devoted—Richardson, Sterne, Smollett, Samuel Johnson—were all dead and gone.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • ] [Footnote 669: Dr. Johnson is reported to have said, etc. Dr. Samuel Johnson was an eminent English scholar of the eighteenth century.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • More than he had in his Defence of the Constitutions, Adams stressed the perils of unbridled, unbalanced democracy, and in what he called "useful reflections" he dealt with human nature, drawing heavily on the works of Adam Smith, Samuel Johnson, Shakespeare, and Voltaire, and on Pope’s Essay on Man.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In London was to be found the full tide of human existence, Boswell’s hero, Samuel Johnson, had said, declaring famously, "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
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