Felix DennisÂ is the sort of characterÂ children should aspire to be when they are taught in school to work hard and success in life will follow. Â Of course this is total nonsense. Â Anyone can work hard, the hardest workers are usually the ones who are so thick they actually have to as they take ten times the amount of time as capable people to do a task. Â Dennis seemed to make it look completely effortless.
Dennis, who divided his time between homes in Warwickshire, London, New York, Connecticut and the Caribbean island of Mustique, claimed to have become rich by “accident” and listed his other interests as “planting trees, commissioning bronze sculpture, drinking French wine and avoiding business meetings”.
What a fabulous approach to life. Â Everyone should do their best to avoid business meetings. Â They are like all boring things – Â for other people.
I wasn’t a great follower of Felix Dennis and his life but I admire him for oneÂ piece of history he owns:
Dennis is credited with having been the first person to say the word ‘c**t’ on live British television, on 7 November 1970 edition of David Frost’s The Frost Programme. When Frost referred to guest Jerry Rubin as a “reasonable man”, Dennis, sitting in the audience, jokingly shouted out that Rubin was the “most unreasonable c**t I’ve ever known in my life”.
Fabulous. Â As is this quote about how accidental his love life was:
When people ask my current companion, Marie France, how she ended up with me after all that, she says, ‘I waited until the others went away’.
He writes about why he never marriedÂ which is the most logical and concise reasoning I have read on the topic:
“I should have liked to get married, but over many decades I have lived essentially alone. I go to sleep when I’m tired, get up when I wake up, have my food prepared when I’m hungry. I can’t bear the thought that I’d have to coincide, make an effort. People say it’s never too late. How wrong they are. It’s way, way, way too late”.
Couldn’t be bothered.