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Page 596 - Heaven's sake leave me; and I promise faithfully never more to play at chess, but to take exercise daily, and live temperately. GOUT. I know you too well. You promise fair; but, after a few months of good health, you will return to your old habits ; your fine promises will be forgotten like the forms of the last year's clouds. Let us then finish the account, and I will go. But I leave you with an assurance of visiting you again at a proper time and place ; for my object is your good, and you are...
Page 170 - At his first coming on board us, he had so much forgot his language, for want of use, that we could scarce understand him ; for he seemed to speak his words by halves. We offered him a dram ; but he would not touch it, having drank nothing but water since his being there : and it was some time before he could relish our victuals.
Page 690 - Although reason were intended by Providence to govern our passions, yet it seems that, in two points of the greatest moment to the being and continuance of the world, God hath intended our passions to prevail over reason. The first is, the propagation of our species, since no wise man ever married from the dictates of reason. The other is, the love of life, which, from the dictates of reason, every man would despise, and wish it at an end, or that it never had a beginning.
Page 593 - What can be expected from such a course of living, but a body replete with stagnant humors, ready to fall a prey to all kinds of dangerous maladies, if I, the Gout, did not occasionally bring you relief by agitating...
Page 43 - ... upright spar to raise it to its former situation ; and, to my great astonishment, I saw him, without considering the reason, lift up the ponderous roof as if it had been a small weight. I attributed this at first to a degree of strength that excited my terror as well as...
Page 594 - ... round trotting ; but if you loll in a carriage, such as you have mentioned, you may travel all day, and gladly enter the last inn to warm your feet by a fire. Flatter yourself then no longer, that half an hour's airing in your carriage deserves the name of exercise. Providence has appointed few to roll in carriages, while he has given to aH a pair of legs, which are machines infinitely more commodious and serviceable.
Page 594 - When she honors you with a visit, it is on foot. She walks all hours of the day, and leaves indolence and its concomitant maladies to be endured by her horses. In this see at once the preservative of her health and personal charms. But when you go to Auteuil, you must have your carriage, though it is no further from Passy to Auteuil than from Auteuil to Passy.
Page 170 - We may perceive by this story the truth of the maxim that necessity is the mother of invention, since he found means to supply his wants in a very natural manner, so as to maintain his life, though not so conveniently, yet as effectually as we are able to do with the help of all our arts and society.