Johnson on his belly

“Some people… have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it that he that does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.”

Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was an English poet, essayist, biographer, editor and lexicographer, and a devout Anglican to boot. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography describes him as “arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history.”

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