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Samuel Johnson, according to legend, once told an aspiring writer that his manuscript was both good and original. Alas, there was a catch: "What is good is not original," Johnson declared, "and what is original is not good."

[Johnson did not limit his insults to other writers. "Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement," he once declared, "but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other."]

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