Friday, April 30, 2010

"I wonder what pleasure men can take in making beasts of themselves." "I wonder, Madam," replied the Doctor, "that you have not penetration to see the strong inducement to this excess; for he who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man."

Anecdotes of the Revd. Percival Stockdale;
collected in "Johnsonian Miscellanies," edited by G.B. Hill.

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