I could not help but say that Mr. Carlyle seemed the only virtuous philosopher we had. Upon which his wife answered, "My dear, if Mr. Carlyle's digestion had been stronger, there is no saying what he might have been!"
Margaret Oliphant (1828–1897), British novelist, historian. Letter, c. May 1866, describing conversation between herself and Jane Welsh Carlyle, the wife of historian Thomas Carlyle. Published in Autobiography and Letters of Mrs. Margaret Oliphant (1899).