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Scotland Explained

…by Dr. Johnson:

“Disconcerted a little by this, Mr. Ogilvie then took new ground, where, I suppose, he thought himself perfectly safe; for he observed, that Scotland had a great many noble wild prospects. JOHNSON. ‘I believe, Sir, you have a great many. Norway, too, has noble wild prospects; and Lapland is remarkable for prodigious noble wild prospects. But, Sir, let me tell you, the noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees, is the high road that leads him to England!’”—Boswell’s Life of Johnson, 7/6/1763

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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