Cities And The Passage Of Time


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.

Dr Samuel Johnson, 20 September 1777.

Quoted in The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1791) by James Boswell

This is very true, but does not take account of the rapidly changing city that it is. I have some sympathy for for the haiku poet Bashõ (1644-1694) who said of his beloved Kyoto:

In Kyõ I am,
and still I long for Kyõ
Oh, bird of time!

The illustration is by © viewgene | View Portfolio via Shutterstock

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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