|John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)|
|QUOTATION:||Sir, a woman preaching is like a dog’s walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Life of Johnson (Boswell). 1 Vol. ii. Chap. ix. 1763.|
From the London edition, 10 volumes, 1835.
Dr. Johnson, it is said, when he first heard of Boswell’s 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 Boswell’s!—Thomas Carlyle: Miscellanies, Jean Paul Frederic Richter. [back]