Friday, September 11, 2015

`What Degree of Evil'

Dr. Johnson speaking on Sept. 11, 1773, as reported by James Boswell in The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1785): 

“`A country is in a bad state which is governed only by laws; because a thousand things occur for which laws cannot provide, and where authority ought to interpose. Now destroying the authority of the chiefs set the people loose. It did not pretend to bring any positive good, but only to cure some evil; and I am not well enough acquainted with the country to know what degree of evil the heritable jurisdictions occasioned.’”

1 comment:

Marius Kociejowski said...

Ah yes, I rather feel that way about Canada at times.