Samuel Johnson by Joshua Reynold- Wikimedia Commons
CAIRO - 18 September 2017: “Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.” - Samuel Johnson.
Johnson is an English writer, poet and lexicographer. He was born on September 18, 1709 and passed away on December 13, 1784.
He was enrolled in Pembroke College, Oxford In 1728, but did not complete his studies due to insufficient funds.
His father passed away in 1731, and soon after Johnson became an undermaster at the Market Bosworth School. He left his job at Market Bosworth School and started teaching at a local school in Staffordshire in 1735. In the same year, he opened his own school, but only three enrolled. Hence, he had to shut it down.
To keep his career from falling apart, he started writing to The Gentleman’s Magazine in 1737. The following year he published his first poem.
In his later years, he started to become a political activist through his writings. For example, “The False Alarm” and “Taxation No Tyranny.”
His major work was “A Dictionary of the English Language.”
● He met King George III in February 1767.
Another Quote for the road:
“Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.”