Daily Dose of Samuel Johnson: LESSER & more

My Word of the Day

LESSER (LE’SSER) adj. A barbarous corruption of less, formed by the vulgar from the habit of terminating comparatives in er; afterwards adopted by poets, and then by writers of prose.

What great despite doth fortune to thee bear, Thus lowly to abase thy beauty bright, That it should not deface all other lesser light. Fa. Qu.

It is the lesser blot, modesty finds, Women to change their shapes than men their minds. Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona.

The mountains, and higher parts of the earth, grow lesser and lesser from age to age: sometimes the roots of them are weakened by subterraneous fires, and sometimes tumbled by earthquakes into those caverns that are under them. Burnet’s Theory of the Earth.

Cain, after the murder of his brother, cries out, Every man that findeth me shall slay me. By the same reason may a man, in the state of nature, punish the lesser breaches of that law. Locke.

Any heat whatsoever promotes the ascent of mineral matter, but more especially of that which is subtile, and is consequently moveable more easily, and with a lesser power. Woodward’s Natural History.

The larger here, and there the lesser lambs, The new-fall’n young herd bleating for their dams. Pope.

Recent references to LESSER on Twitter

@JaneBond462 @KurtSchlichter @ChrisCuomo Quelle horreur! When the Lesser Cuomo™️ is the paragon of accuracy, you know it’s time… https://t.co/yqNDKGwpp0

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@bennea33 @NYCScribbler @DT3sBun @afifteen There is a big faction of Sun fans who are anti-UConn. So I understand your point,… https://t.co/5Ht4CDtKzi

@prasad_rajeev coins and more: 664) LESSER KESTREL (Falco naumanni): Fourth Coin … https://t.co/NbWAmpxHse

@kevincdoyle @CaringLiberal1 @philipaklein Y, Bible says NOTHING about abortion. In fact, it states that the punishment for term… https://t.co/JGiz4k0uqG

@QuenchAid_ Wait… isn’t she notorious for ripping off lesser known arti…. Nvm Lol https://t.co/OIkTcHG35Y

@Guru_cricket572 @cricketaakash @SociallyInsecur @StarSportsIndia @cricketaakash,Mr.Chopra,you are a good Hindi commentator and a ro… https://t.co/Bc6GXLvrA6

@jay_wyatt 10 macOS 10.14 Mojave secrets I guess most of us who watched the news from Apple’s WWDC developer’s conference know… https://t.co/LFLmkg1TCS

@AtifImtiazpk Lesser cockatoo I m hungry very hungry https://t.co/rMUICIfThf

@painttubes @stephenfhayes In other words, lesser men and women in D. C. suffer deficiency of moral courage. And that’s a probl… https://t.co/69Eww4T6C8

@laurie_wagner Its shocking for sure, but why don’t people know its been happening for years, on a lesser scale granted, but this… https://t.co/7zIXwzOFGK

@redgoldrush "The lesser-known third verse of Wuthering Heights" quoth @BeckettyBeck*

*who then discovered I was referring to a… https://t.co/C7I5gW1TYU

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@AlexGoldberg_ @manunitedmedia Juve and Arsenal were reportedly interested in him before it started, and I’m sure more. He’s been… https://t.co/ZYi61UyoH0

@Zyon2438 @OsasCruz And this is the second time, they are coming to claim, they recorded lesser deaths! At a time, when shame… https://t.co/b8jKyfpEq8

@SanayeYash @Yashwan94489116 @AbhiQeep 0>infinity (greater than zero lesser than infinity) 🤣

@tomOdaighre I should start doing a thing where I quote-tweet American libs whining about the "undermining of American leadershi… https://t.co/Dhev8P1qNI

@habeelz The lesser evil. https://t.co/RV8CHBpySK

@SweetLiberty7 @BoudicaBlithe Same here and I’ll do the same. The sooner we get electoral reform that includes PR (wishful thinkin… https://t.co/Vpo74sVRRZ

@JARawlinson @LFCScout1 @DJPADGE @ftbltjd 0.2 a game? Absolutely eclipsing Pogba there, I like how you keep using in a lesser te… https://t.co/9S5k0901iR

Recent references to Samuel Johnson on Twitter

@terr6210 “Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.” ~Samuel Johnson. #cybersmiler @CybersmileHQ

@trishdeese Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. Samuel Johnson :-

@CandeeFick “The only end of writing is to enable readers better to enjoy life or better to endue it” (Samuel Johnson) #amwriting

@JunesHale "Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome." – Samuel Johnson #quote

@pharidjaffer Quote du jour: "Few things are impossible to diligence and skill." Samuel Johnson, writer

@DrLauraMarkham "Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they ever find?" – Samuel Johnson

@Wayne90921 @JohnFugelsang Connecticut: William Samuel Johnson, Roger Sherman Delaware: George Read, Gunning Bedford Jr., John… https://t.co/wOmUjOA3bZ

@GreatBabyItem 1825 6vols The Works of Samuel Johnson With Murphy’s Essay Robert Lynam Edition https://t.co/bBIKngVICe https://t.co/xLIEGcO9vN

@crimaiota "Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble." (Samuel Johnson)

@Sportstravel1 “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson

@DailySuccessQ He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions. – Samuel Johnson

@samuel_owen05 Just met a guy in Wake Forest from Johnson City.

APPARENTLY, the “wagon wheel” connection between East Tennesseans… https://t.co/HnObIfWqfX

@montenegro_emil #ALDUBAlwaysHopeful 😘 @lynieg88 @wengcookie @pinkyfaye @salvadortrish21 @sherrypie18 @radoc_jeana @ALDUBThess16 We… https://t.co/yQa7j4LkL2

@BradPhilbrick The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. -Samuel Johnson https://t.co/fZ6Qb6d76N

@pepper360 Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. -Samuel Johnson-

@montenegro_emil #ALDUBAlwaysHopeful 😘 @lynieg88 @wengcookie @pinkyfaye @salvadortrish21 @sherrypie18 @radoc_jeana @ALDUBThess16 Th… https://t.co/WRMjrUkRHj

@GoStartABusines Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. —Samuel Johnson #StartNow Don’t… https://t.co/61ZnlhoyHL

@RodSinstack What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. – Samuel Johnson

@secretchart "Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome." – Samuel Johnson #quote

@streamofquotes Our aspirations are our possibilities. https://t.co/bKoDJbWZUO #quote https://t.co/izLRKHikkW

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