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Source Notes: Source: Attributed to SAMUEL JOHNSON, Johnsoniana, The European Magazine and London Review, January 1785, p. 55.The anecdote which quotes this line was reprinted in The Works of Samuel Johnson, vol. 11 , p. 216 . According to George Birkbeck Hill, Johnsonian Miscellanies, vol. 2, pp. 1, 312 , the author of this anecdote was George Steevens.
Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was an English critic, poet and essayist.