Johnson's aesthetic judgements are almost invariably subtle, or solid, or bold; they have always some good quality to recommend themexcept one: theyare never right.
Dr Johnson's morality was as English an article as a beefsteak.Nathaniel Hawthorne
The moments of perfect pleasure in Johnson's songs, and the beauty of those songs, remind one that it is not the simple presence of evil that is unbearable; what is unbearable is the impossibility of reconciling the facts of evil with the beauty of the world.greil marcus
Dr. Johnson's morality was as English an article as a beefsteak.Nathaniel Hawthorne
[Prophet of Truth: You cannot hope to kill them all!] You're right. [She draws her pistol and points it to Johnson's head] [Sergeant Johnson: Do it. Me...then you... Now!] [Thruth shoots Miranda in the back, killing her.] [Sergeant Johnson: No!]
He who engages in a laborious work (such, for instance, as Johnson's Dictionary) which may employ his whole life, will do it with more spirit if, besides his own Glory, he thinks it may be a provision for his family.
Vietnam is the dead albatross around Johnson's neck that may pull him down.thomas a. bailey