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Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was one of Britain's great literary figures, a poet, essayist, biographer, lexicographer and critic. Often penniless early in his career, Johnson did better later, particularly in making creative, loyal, and helpful friends. I would have enjoyed sitting quietly in on "The Club", which he formed with friends Joshua Reynolds, David Garrick, Edmund Burke, and Oliver Goldsmith.

Dr. Johnson was famous for his Dictionary of the English Language, two large volumes numbering 2,300 pages, and for his wit. Naturally, I don't like everything he wrote, but feel he is pretty much on target with "Men may be convinced, but they cannot be pleased against their will." (From Johnson's Lives of the Poets).

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