Tuesday, December 03, 2013


The Summum Bonum of Human Life

The Works of William Paley, D.D., Archdeacon of Carlisle. With a Life of the Author, Vol. I (London: Printed for Thomas Tegg, 1825), p. xvii:
When at Cambridge, being one day in a party of young men who were discussing somewhat pompously the summum bonum of human life, he heard their arguments with patience, and then with a half smile, and in a dry sarcastic tone, replied, "I differ from you all; the true summum bonum of human life consists in reading Tristram Shandy, in blowing with a pair of bellows into your shoes in hot weather, and in roasting potatoes in the ashes under the grate in cold."
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