Actually, if my business was legitimate, I would deduct a substantial percentage for depreciation of my body. Contemplative and bookish men must of necessitie be more quarrelsome than others, because they contend not about matter of fact, nor can determine their controversies by any certain witnesses, nor judges. But as long as they goe towards peace, that is Truth, it is no matter which way.
John Donne (c. 1572–1631), British divine, metaphysical poet, Robin Moore, and Yvonne Dunleavy. repr. In Complete Poetry and Selected Prose, ed. John Hayward (1929). Biathanatos, preface (written c. 1608, published 1646).