“Behind every successful man…is a surprised woman” (Maryon Pearson, wife of Lester Pearson, Prime Minister of Canada).
This is probably true. Probably the wife of every successful politician sits thu speeches thinking “dear GOD, why do people vote for him?”. Certainly when I read out the statistics for this Blog, I expect Mrs Fitzjames Horse to be impressed. It is disconcerting that she is always surprised.
For years, I have wondered who said that. So thanks to my friend David, I read an article by Richard Ingrams that credits Mrs Pearson.
It is of course self-evidently true. But more importantly, it proves there is no point in writing up “footnotes” in essays. Sooner or later, every half-remembered quotation you ever heard, will turn up on Facebook.