Sir, I have no objection to a man's drinking wine, if he can do it in moderation. I found myself apt to go to excess in it, and therefore, after having been for some time without it, on account of illness, I thought it better not to return to it. Every man is to judge for himself, according to the effects which he experiences.
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Source Notes: Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Johnson ("16 March 1776") (1791).
Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was an English critic, poet and essayist.
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