"He who does ..." Quote of Samuel Johnson

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

He who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else.

Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. quoted in James Boswell, Life of Dr. Johnson, entry, Aug. 5, 1763 (1791). Boswell further described Johnson's dedication to eating thus: "I never knew any man who relished good eating more than he did. When at table he was totally absorbed in the business of the moment.... To those whose sensations were delicate, this could not but be disgusting; and it was doubtless not very suitable to the character of a philosopher.... But it must be owned that Johnson, though he could be rigidly abstemious, was not a temperate man."