Quote of the day . . Johnson & Italy

A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.
Samuel Johnson

You couldn’t say something like this today without sounding, well,  superior, but somehow from times gone by, it sounds quaint and almost like a piece of friendly advice . . .

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2 Replies to “Quote of the day . . Johnson & Italy”

  1. “A man (or woman) who has been to Italy, is always conscious of a smug superiority.”
    Peg-o-leg

    Sitting in my office, wishing someone else was here so I could say “Ah, Rome.” with a fond, world-worry air. Then I would proceed to give them a slightly pitying smile and say “you wouldn’t understand unless you lived it”, glossing over the fact that I’m referring to 5 days with an insurance-company tour group 20 years ago.

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