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Daemon
Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Stan_S
Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 8:34:56 AM
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Usually, everyone loses most of his (her) health like a spendthrift and the remaining part of it he (she) wastes like a miser!
MTC
Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 9:25:41 AM
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The complete quotation:

"It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a
miser, better to live and be done with it, than to die daily in the sick
room."
-- Robert Louis Stevenson

Anatolian
Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 10:46:47 AM

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Living in the times featuring the ubiquitous obsession with healthy longevity, it is hard to appreciate this quotation.
MTC
Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 1:10:48 PM
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Good point, Anatolian. According to Stevenson's biography: "Handicapped from youth by delicate health, he struggled all his life against tuberculosis."
He died at age 44 on a tropical island where he had gone for his health. Obviously the words had special meaning for him.
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Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 3:19:09 PM
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Daemon wrote:
It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)


The choices, at first glance, seem equally appalling: lose it or waste it? What matters is how the limited spending account of life is used.
Stevenson made the best of what he was given to spend, in spite of the adversity of chronic illness.



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Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 9:02:32 PM
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That's interesting!!!

I always thought that 'spendthrift' was synonymous with 'miser'.
i.e. - spend = to pay out or use up
- thrift = wise management of money, frugality

Good to know that I've been using this world (rarely) opposite to its meaning all these years.

Thanks Sick
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