Splendid and Idle

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“If in looking at the lives of princes, courtiers, men of rank and fashion, we must perforce depict them as idle, profligate, and criminal, we must make allowances for the rich men’s failings, and recollect that we too, [would] very likely [be] indolent and voluptuous had we no motive for work, a mortal’s natural taste for pleasure, and the daily temptation of a large income.  What could a great peer with a . . . great fortune do but be splendid and idle?”  Thackeray

All I can add to that is, Thank God!

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