Friday 13 December 2013

The Great Cham died on this day in 1784

The greatest Englishman after William Shakespeare, died on this day in 1784. I used to have a copy of a print of this hanging in my house in England.

Photo: Died on this day, 1784 : Dr Samuel Johnson

 Dr. Johnson would have been unsurpassable on twitter with tweets like this:

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.

You raise your voice when you should reinforce your argument.

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

There can be no friendship without confidence and no confidence without integrity.

The best of conversations occur when there is no competition, no vanity, but a calm quiet interchange of sentiments.

A man may write at any time if he will set himself doggedly to it.

No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

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