"Fanny was tempted to apply to them Dr. Johnson's celebrated judgment as to matrimony and celibacy"
Portrait of Samuel Johnson (1775)
Public DomainPortrait of Samuel Johnson (1775) - Credit: Sir Joshua Reynolds

 Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) made the remark, 'Marriage has many pains but celibacy has no pleasures' in The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (1759).