Sir, a woman preaching is like a dogs walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.
Life of Johnson (Boswell).1Vol. ii. Chap. ix. 1763.
Note 1. From the London edition, 10 volumes, 1835.
Dr. Johnson, it is said, when he first heard of Boswells intention to write a life of him, announced, with decision enough, that if he thought Boswell really meant to write his life he would prevent it by taking Boswells!Thomas Carlyle: Miscellanies, Jean Paul Frederic Richter. [back]