We have no Dictionary of our Language, and scarce a tolerable Grammar. Writing a psychology dissertation introduction. Included were various quotations and descriptions of events, including anecdotes such as Johnson swinging a broadsword while wearing Scottish garb, or dancing a Highland jig.
He believed that "he that thinks reasonably must think morally" and insisted on the necessity of moral awareness and responsibility as critical qualities of a mature person and a decent society.
He frequently directed his sarcasm towards himself to educate the reader. The balance and anti-thesis of the couplet form was brought from poetry to prose.
InJohnson was awarded a government pension of three hundred pounds per year, largely through the efforts of influential friends. The family remained in poverty until his mother's cousin Elizabeth Harriotts died in February and left enough money to send Johnson to university.