“When a man is tired of London he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford.”
Samuel Johnson's famous words may have been uttered centuries ago but remain as relevant today. Samuel Johnson (English Poet, Critic & Writer, 1709 - 1784. Published on 15 April 1755 and written by Samuel Johnson, A "Dictionary of the English Language" is among the most influential dictionaries in the history of the English language.
The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world."
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s.
"A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income."
George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. He was also an essayist, novelist and short story writer. Nearly all his writings address prevailing social problems, but have a vein of comedy which makes their stark themes more palatable. Issues which engaged Shaw's attention included education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.
"I’m leaving because the weather is too good. I hate London when it’s not raining."
Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx was an American comedian and film and television star. He is known as a master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era.
"Nothing is certain in London but expense."
William Shenstone was an English poet and one of the earliest practitioners of landscape gardening through the development of his estate, The Leasowes.
"In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea."
John James Osborne
John James Osborne was an English playwright, screenwriter, actor and critic of the Establishment. The success of his 1956 play Look Back in Anger transformed English theatre.
"London is a modern Babylon."
Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, KG, PC, FRS, was a British Prime Minister, parliamentarian, Conservative statesman and literary figure. He served in government for forty years, twice as Prime Minister of Great Britain.
“In London, Man is the most secret animal on earth.”
Laurence Edward Alan "Laurie" Lee, MBE was an English poet, novelist, and screenwriter, raised in the village of Slad, and went to Marling School, Gloucestershire. His most famous work was an autobiographical trilogy which consisted of Cider with Rosie (1959), As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969) and A Moment of War (1991).
"By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show."
Samuel Johnson, often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer.
"When it's three o'clock in New York, it's still 1938 in London."
Bette Midler, also known by her informal stage name, The Divine Miss M, is an American singer-songwriter, actress, comedian, film producer and entrepreur.