Happy birthday to Samuel Johnson, born on this date in 1709. Johnson is one of the most-quoted authors in the English language, thanks to his biographer, James Boswell. Here are a few of my favorites:
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.