Johnson, the 18th century eminent English writer and arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history was responding to a friend’s vacillations with regards to moving to London when he said:
“Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
There are other less famous quotes from Johnson showing his strong feelings for London, which are equally illuminating.
“Sir, if you wish to have a just notion of the magnitude of this city, you must not be satisfied with seeing its great streets and squares, but must survey the innumerable little lanes and courts. It is not in the showy evolutions of buildings, but in the multiplicity of human habitations which are crowded together, that the wonderful immensity of London consists.”
“The happiness of London is not to be conceived but by those who have been in it. I will venture to say, there is more learning and science within the circumference of ten miles from where we now sit, than in all the rest of the world.”
“A country gentleman should bring his lady to visit London as soon as he can, that they may have agreeable topicks for conversation when they are by themselves.”
“By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can shew.”
We can only imagine the utter excitement Johnson would experience were he able to come back from the dead today and witness the incredible vibrancy of 21st century London.
Johnson who died in 1784 would never have come face to face with a bicycle either as the first pedal powered bicyles the ‘penny farthings’ were only invented in 1870 some 85 years after Johnson had been laid to rest.
So, seeing the beautiful sites of modern London atop a modern day bike with 21 gears, front suspension, brakes and rubber inflateable tires is an exhilirating experience Johnson could not even have dreamed of. And we are so fortunate to be living at such a time in history that these exquisitve experiences are there for the taking. So, here is to making the most of the wonderful opportunities available to us!
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