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laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 16 01:24:43 UTC 2003
Over on the forensic linguistics list in a thread on plagiarism,
someone brought up a quote attributed to Samuel Johnson: commenting
on a book of a mediocre author that "the work was good and original.
Unfortunately, he noted, what is good is not original and what is
original is not good." I wondered if this conceit was original with
Dr. Johnson, since I've long been familiar with the similar French
mot juste, "Ce qui est bon n'est pas neuf; ce qui est neuf n'est pas
bon" (or possibly "Tout ce qui est bon..."). But when asked, I
couldn't provide an attribution, and neither google nor Bartlett's
was any help. Anyone know where this came from (first)? Fred, do
you have this one in either the Dr. J or the French version?
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