Men "drink" because they like it, much more than for any good they suppose it does them, beyond such pleasure as it may afford; and this is precisely the point that all arguments fail to reach. Pleasure is the bird in the hand which foolish persons will always choose before the two birds in the bush which are to be the rewards of virtue.
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Source Notes: "The Human Body and Its Functioning," Pages from an Old Volume of Life: A Collection of Essays, 1858-1881 (1891). Holmes explains why it is so difficult to persuade people to quit drinking.
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