Samuel Johnson Quote

When I first collected these authorities, I was desirous that every quotation should be useful to some other end than the illustration of a word; I therefore extracted from philosophers principles of science; from historians remarkable facts; from chymists complete processes; from divines striking exhortations; and from poets beautiful descriptions.


The Works: Together With His Life, And Notes On His Life Of The Poets (ed. 1787)

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