DJ Zoologist “He Who Makes A Beast Of Himself Gets Rid Of The Pain Of Being A Man”
October 25, 2022
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DJ Zoologist “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.

547. Depression; Drinking

I called on Dr. Johnson one morning, when Mrs. Williams, the blind lady, was conversing with him. She was telling him where she had dined the day before. “There were several gentlemen there,” said she, “and when some of them came to the tea-table, I found that there had been a good deal of hard drinking.” She closed this observation with a common and trite moral reflec- tion; which, indeed, is very ill-founded, and does great injustice to animals -- “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,” (SAMUEL JOHNSON)

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