Friday, August 26, 2005


Necessities of Life

William Hazlitt, A Farewell to Essay-Writing (London Weekly Review, March 29, 1828):
Food, warmth, sleep, and a book: these are all I at present ask -- the ultima Thule of my wandering desires.
Cf. Anatole France, La rôtisserie de la Reine Pédauque (tr. Jos. A.V. Stritzko):
If there are two kinds of furniture I hold in high esteem, they are the bed and the table. The table, filled up by turns with erudite books and succulent dishes, serves as support to the nourishment both of body and spirit; the bed propitious for sweet repose as well as for cruel love.

Il y a deux meubles que je tiens en haute estime, c'est le lit et la table. La table qui, tour à tour chargée de doctes livres et de mets succulents, sert de support à la nourriture du corps et à celle de l'esprit; le lit, propice au doux repos comme au cruel amour.

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