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Johnson, Samuel

(1709-1784) Known as "Doctor Johnson" - but wasn"t in fact a doctor in any form.

He was an author, critic, brilliant "conversationalist", lexicographer and the dominant figure in 18th-century London literary society. His dictionary, published in 1755, remained the authoritive version for over a century, and is still considered remarkable for its definitions.

In 1764, he founded "The Literary Club", whose members included Boswell, Burke, Garrick, Goldsmith and Reynolds.

He was recorded as saying to Boswell, that -

"Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously and very carefully, for I look upon it that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else".See 'Boswell, James'

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