London in Quotations
Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” Samuel Johnson spoke highly of London in Boswell’s famous biography, but not all have shared his enthusiasm. Since, the capital has been characterized as a “riddle,” a “cesspool,” and a “modern Babylon”—the last by none other than Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. No tribute to the city would be complete without reference to the notoriously inclement weather, which caused Jane Austen to complain that, “in London it is always a sickly season.”
For fans, foes, and those planning a trip to the city in the hopes of forming an opinion, this collection will be welcomed.