Friday, September 16, 2011

His Effort is Our Pleasure

Samuel Johnson was a typical Englishman in pubs & clubs, & loved letters so that he became a lexicographer. He alone wrote A Dictionary of the English Language, which contained 42,773 entries & about 114,000 quotations to prove his definitions. The example sentences included his favorite authors Shakespeare, Dryden, Milton, & so on. He once said:
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
労せずして書かれたものは、ふつう、 喜びもなく読まれるものである。

When two Englishmen meet...

Samuel Johnson

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