Quotation by Jane Grey Swisshelm

The diagnosis of drunkenness was that it was a disease for which the patient was in no way responsible, that it was created by existing saloons, and non-existing bright hearths, smiling wives, pretty caps and aprons. The cure was the patent nostrum of pledge-signing, a lying-made-easy invention, which like calomel, seldom had any permanent effect on the disease for which it was given, and never failed to produce another and a worse. Here the care created an epidemic of forgery, falsehood and perjury.
Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815–1884), U.S. newspaperwoman, abolitionist, and human rights activist. Half a Century, ch. 30 (1880).
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