"When Horace says of Pindar, that he pours his violence and rapidity of verse, as a river swoln with rain rushes from the mountain; or of himself, that his genius wanders in quest of poetical decorations, as the bee wanders to collect honey; he, in either case, produces a simile; the mind is impressed with the resemblance of things generally unlike, as unlike as intellect and body."
— Johnson, Samuel (1709-1784)
Text from The Works of Samuel Johnson, new ed., vol. 7 of 12 (London: Rivington, 1823). <Link to Google Books>
See also Samuel Johnson, Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, to the Works of the English Poets, vol. 5 (London: Bathurst et al., 1779). <Link to ESTC><Link to ECCO>