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Melancholy , indeed , should be diverted by every means but drinking . ” We
stopped at Messieurs Dillys , booksellers in the Poultry ; from whence he hurried
away , in a hackney coach , to Mr . Thrale ' s in the borough . I called at his house
We discussed the question , whether drinking improved conversation and
benevolence . Sir Joshua maintained it did . JOHNSON . “ No , sir : before dinner
men meet with great inequality of understanding ; and those who are conscious
of their ...
I admit that the spirits are raised by drinking , as by the common participation of
any pleasure : cock - fighting or bear - baiting will raise the spirits of a company ,
as drinking does ; though surely they will not improve conversation . I also admit ...
To know of what vintage our wine is , enables us to judge of its value , and to
drink it with more relish ; but to have the produce of each vine of one vineyard , in
the same year , kept separate , would serve no purpose . To know that our wine ...
Why to eat and drink together , and to promote kindness ; and , sir , this is better
done when there is no solid conversation : for when there is , people differ in
opinion , and get into bad humour ; or some of the company , who are not
capable of ...
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12/22/20 I own the complete set (vol 1-54) and keep them at home on the top west shelf of my office; this includes The Great Conversation (which is volume 1) and The Great Ideas (volumes 2-3, the ... Read full review
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Picked up this entire set in excellent condition at a library sponsored used book sale for $60.00. hands down one of my best finds. Read full review