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Selected Quotations

These are quotations related to the London which appear on Portal:London.

Samuel Johnson, 20 September 1777. Quoted in The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1791) by James Boswell

Jane Austen, Emma (1816)

Walter Besant, on his deathbed, June 1901

Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet (1887)

Anonymous popular saying, as quoted by William Sansom in Blue Skies, Brown Studies (1961)

Noël Coward, ‘Law and Order’, Collected Sketches and Lyrics

Henry James, The Awkward Age (1899), Bk. I, Ch. 2

Percy Bysshe Shelley. From a letter to Maria Gisborne (1820).

Hubert Gregg, "Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner" (1947)

William Dunbar (1460?-1520?), London

Peter Ackroyd, London: The Biography (2000)

Samuel Johnson, 11 October 1773. Quoted in The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1791) by James Boswell

Benjamin Disraeli, Tancred (1847), Book V, Chapter 5.

George Bruce, 7th Lord Balfour of Burleigh, quoted, Sayings of the Week, The Observer, 1 October 1944.

A mighty mass of brick, and smoke, and shipping,
Dirty and dusty, but as wide as eye
Could reach, with here and there a sail just skipping
In sight, then lost amidst the forestry
Of masts; a wilderness of steeples peeping
On tiptoe through their sea-coal canopy;
A huge, dun cupola, like a foolscap crown
On a fool's head—and there is London Town.
Lord Byron, Don Juan (1818–24), Canto X, Stanza 82

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