Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Difficult do you call it, Sir? I wish it were impossible.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Anecdotes of Distinguished Persons (1797). quoted in Anecdotes by William Seward, repr. In Johnsonian Miscellanies, vol. 2, p. 308, ed. George Birkbeck Hill (1897).
Referring to a violinist's playing.