“Being ill as one of the great pleasures of life …”

Here’s a funny one:

“I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better.”  —Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh, 1903

I feel that, too (though usually in less antiquated English), and thought this was a nice quote for a season now when literally everyone I know is sick, or just got over something.

What an opportunity to take care of ourselves, drink tea, do whatever healing rituals we do (NyQuill and the complete Lord of the Rings trilogy?) in the spirit of stopping, taking stock, and resting.

In short, and whenever possible, enjoy! I will, too …


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