Sure methods of attaining a long and healthful life. Transl

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J. Anderson & J. Smith, 1823 - Longevity - 118 pages

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Page xiv - The preservative I am speaking of, is temperance, which has those particular advantages above all other means of health, that it may be practised by all ranks a ml conditions, at any season, or in any place.
Page x - I am mentioning, was of an infirm constitution, till about forty, when by obstinately persisting in an exact course of temperance, he recovered a perfect state of health ; insomuch that at fourscore he published his book which has been translated into English under the title of " Sure and Certain Methods of attaining a Long and Healthy Life.
Page xvii - confections and fruits of numberless sweets and flavours ? What unnatural motions and counter-ferments must such a medley of intemperance produce in the body ! For my part, when I behold a fashionable table set out in all its magnificence, I fancy I see gouts and dropsies, fevers and lethargies, with other innumerable distempers lying in ambuscade among the dishes.
Page 143 - O, reason not the need : our basest beggars Are in the poorest thing superfluous : Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man's life's as cheap as beast's : thou art a lady ; If only to go warm were gorgeous, Why, nature needs not what thou gorgeous wear'st, Which scarcely keeps thee warm.
Page 63 - Euganean hills, and in the most beautiful part of them, adorned with fountains and gardens; and, above all, a convenient and handsome lodge ; in which place I likewise now and then make one in some hunting party suitable to my taste and age. Then I enjoy, for as' many days, my villa in the plain, which is laid out in regular streets, all terminating in a large square, in the middle of which stands the church, suited to the condition of the place. This villa is divided by a wide and rapid branch of...
Page xvii - It is impossible to. lay down ay determinate rule for temperance, because what is luxury in one may be temperance in another : but there are few that have lived any time in the world,, who are not judges of their own constitutions, so far as to know what kinds and what proportions of food do best agree with them. Were I to...
Page xv - If exercise throws off all superfluities, temperance prevents them ; if exercise clears the vessels, temperance neither satiates nor overstrains them ; if exercise raises proper ferments in the humours, and promotes the circulation of the blood, temperance gives nature her full play, and enables her to exert herself in all her force and vigour ; if exercise dissipates a growing distemper, temperance starves it. Physic, for the most part, is nothing else but the substitute of exercise or temperance.
Page 62 - Then, when I cannot enjoy their conversation, I betake myself to the reading of some good book.
Page xiv - I am speaking of is temperance, which has those particular advantages above all other means of health, that it may be practised by all ranks and conditions, at any season, or in any place. It is a kind of regimen into which...
Page 43 - So that, as before, what with bread, meat, the yolk of an egg, and soup, I ate as much as weighed in all twelve ounces, neither more nor less. I now increased it to fourteen ; and as before I drank but fourteen ounces of wine, I now increased it to sixteen.

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