Saturday, September 18, 2004

Johnson on Effort and Vigorous Minds

Regarding the content in some of the comments we get on this site, it is probably not useless to remember that today is the birthday of Samuel Johnson, the English author (1709-1784) who said :
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.

Do not accustom yourself to use big words for little matters.

Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.

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