I am reading a bit of Chesterton here and there, when nobody is looking. Here's a quote that keeps popping up in my thoughts, many days after the first reading:
"If anyone wishes to see the real rowdy egalitarianism which is necessary (to males at least) he can find it as well as anywhere in the great old tavern disputes which come down to us in such books as Boswell's Johnson.
Like Cato give his little Senate laws"Johnson, so far from being king of his company, was a sort of Irish Member of Parliament in his own Parliament. Addison was a courteous superior and was hated. Johnson was an insolent equal, and therefore was loved by all who knew him and handed down in a marvellous book which is one of the mere miracles of love."
And sit attention to his own applause.
from What's Wrong With the World by G.K. Chesterton