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For thence,a paradox Which comforts while it mocks, Shall life succeed in that it seems to fail: What I aspired to be, And was not, comforts me: A brute I might have been, but would not sink i the scale. Robert BrowningRabbi-Ben-Ezra. St. 7.
Then there is that glorious Epicurean paradox, uttered by my friend, the Historian, in one of his flashing moments: Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries. HolmesThe Autocrat of the Breakfast Table. VI.