There is that glorious epicurean paradox uttered by my friend the historian,1 in one of his flashing moments: Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries. To this must certainly be added that other saying of one of the wittiest of men:2 Good Americans when they die go to Paris.
The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. vi.
Note 1. John Lothrop Motley. Said Scopas of Thessaly, We rich men count our felicity and happiness to lie in these superfluities, and not in those necessary things.Plutarch: On the Love of Wealth. [back]