After all, what is reading but a vice, like drink or venery or any other form of excessive self-indulgence? One reads to tickle an...d amuse one's mind; one reads, above all, to prevent oneself thinking.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
In frolics dispose your pounds, shillings, and pence, For we shall be nothing a hundred years hence....
We'll sport and be free with Frank, Betty, and Dolly, Have lobsters and oysters to cure melancholy; Fish dinners will make a man spring like a flea, Dame Venus, love's lady, was born of the sea; With her and with Bacchus we'll tickle the sense, For we shall be past it a hundred years hence.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Has the art of politics no apparent utility? Does it appear to be unqualifiedly ratty, raffish, sordid, obscene, and low down, and... its salient virtuosi a gang of unmitigated scoundrels? Then let us not forget its high capacity to soothe and tickle the midriff, its incomparable services as a maker of entertainment.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws, And make the earth devour her own sweet brood;... Pluck the keen teeth from the fierce tiger's jaws, And burn the long-liv'd phoenix in her blood; Make glad and sorry seasons as thou fleet'st, And do what'er thou wilt, swift-footed Time, To the wide world and all her fading sweets;LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »