It is the fate of those who toil at the lower employments of life?to be exposed to censure, without hope of praise; to be disgraced by miscarriage or punished for neglect? Among these unhappy mortals isthe writer of dictionaries? Every other author mayaspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach.
The business of the law istomake sense of the confusion of what we call human lifeto reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity.Archibald MacLeish
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