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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Rules of Health
By Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)
 
From Poor Richard’s Almanack: 1742

EAT and drink such an exact quantity as the constitution of thy body allows of, in reference to the services of the mind.  1
  They that study much ought not to eat as much as those that work hard, their digestion being not so good.  2
  The exact quantity and quality being found out, is to be kept to constantly.  3
  Excess in all other things whatever, as well as in meat and drink, is also to be avoided.  4
  Youth, age, and sick require a different quantity.  5
  And so do those of contrary complexions; for that which is too much for a phlegmatic man, is not sufficient for a choleric.  6
  The measure of food ought to be (as much as possibly may be) exactly proportionable to the quality and condition of the stomach, because the stomach digests it.  7
  That quantity that is sufficient, the stomach can perfectly concoct and digest, and it sufficeth the due nourishment of the body.  8
  A greater quantity of some things may be eaten than of others, some being of lighter digestion than others.  9
  The difficulty lies in finding out an exact measure; but eat for necessity, not pleasure: for lust knows not where necessity ends.  10
  Wouldst thou enjoy a long life, a healthy body, and a vigorous mind, and be acquainted also with the wonderful works of God, labor in the first place to bring thy appetite to reason.  11
 
 
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