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At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

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Actually if a writer needs a dictionary he should not write. He should have read the dictionary at least three times from beginning to end and then have loaned it to someone who needs it. There are only certain words which are valid and similes (bring me my dictionary) are like defective ammunition (the lowest thing I can think of at this time).
~ Ernest Hemingway

 

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Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to be quite true.
~ Samuel Johnson

 

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Every other author may aspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach, and even this negative recompense has been yet granted to very few.
~ Samuel Johnson

 

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Lexicographer: a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.
~ Samuel Johnson

 

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