Sunday, December 24, 2006

Advice For Combatting Low Spirits

Sydney Smith's Advice For Combatting Low Spirits: Teresa Nielsen Hayden starts an open thread with excerpts from this 1820 letter to Lady Georgiana Morpeth.

Smith gives Morpeth a list of suggestions for how to work to improve her state of mind, from the immediate--"Make the room where you commonly sit, gay and pleasant"--to the existential--"Don’t expect too much from human life—a sorry business at the best."


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