Thursday 8 December 2022

Dr Johnson, an Anglican Tory saint

'Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.' Dr Johnson

Dr. Johnson also said that there are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in making money. Christopher Hollis said this was the most un-Christian remark imaginable (Hollis was the kind of Conservative politician I like) but I am coming round to siding with Dr Johnson. He was being deliberately paradoxical but he was usually right. And a great saint.

'The Irish are a very fair people, sir. They never speak well of one another.' Dr Johnson's joke is true and applies to Romanians too.' Is it to do with being a peasant nation or were the Irish whom Johnson met Anglo-Irish like his friends Burke and Goldsmith?

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