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...the effect a thimbleful of wine has upon me; I feel as flat as----'s jokes; it destroys my understanding: I forget the number of the Muses, and think them xxxix, of course; and only get myself right again by repeating the lines, and finding 'Descend, ye Thirty-Nine!' two feet too long."
All this profound interest in the matter of food and drink was closely connected in Sydney Smith with a clear sense of the influence exercised by the body over the soul.--
I am convinced digestion is the great secret of life.and that character, talents, virtues, and qualities are powerfully affected by beef, mutton, pie-crust, and rich soups. I have often thought I could feed or starve men into many virtues and vices, and affect them more powerfully with my instruments of cookery than Timotheus could do formerly with his lyre."
According to his own accounts of himself he seems, like most people who are boisterously cheerful, to have had occasional tendencies to melancholy.... Smith, Rev, Sydney
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