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December 18


Thought of the (weekend): Being down with a bad cold is apparently the exact impetuous I needed to clean and reorganize my studio apartment.

A few quotes for the rest of you fighting off the Common Cold this season:

“I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better.”  ~ Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh, 1903

This one is for my brother Justin, who has a Christmas tradition of throwing a Bacon and Beer party: 

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.”  ~ Doug Larson

“As a people, we have become obsessed with Health. There is something fundamentally, radically unhealthy about all this. We do not seem to be seeking more exuberance in living as much as staving off failure, putting off dying. We have lost all confidence in the human body.”  ~ Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail, 1979

“People who are always taking care of their health are like misers who are hoarding a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy.”  ~ Laurence Sterne

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”  ~ Irish Proverb

“Preserving the health by too strict a regimen is a wearisome malady.”  ~ François Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Have you ever noticed that people who love good food tend to have an enjoyment for so many of the other pleasures of life too? Fitness and runway models must be the most boring of party attendees. These words come appropriately from the mouth of a chef : 

“If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving, you don’t actually live longer; it just seems longer.”  ~ Clement Freud, The Observer, 27 December 1964

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”  ~ Mark Twain

PREVENTION: for the future – apparently all of us cold-ridden folk need to simply drink more red wine (see BBC article HERE).

Quotes discovered on and The Hedonism Handbook.

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