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Quotes of the Day for 27 February 2001 – Mardi Gras

Today is Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, the last day of revelry and excess before Lent. Once again I'll be observing the day quietly, just once I hope to actually get to the streets of New Orleans for the event. But I do have quotes for those who are off to the wildest party of the year.

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The quotes:

Excesses are essentially gestures. It is easy to be extremely cruel, magnanimous, humble or self-sacrificing when we see ourselves as actors in a performance.
     - Eric Hoffer

It is useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office.
     - Shirley MacLaine

No animal ever invented anything as bad as drunkenness - or so good as drink.
     - Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1874 - 1936

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.
     - Lucius Annaeus Seneca, c. 4 BC - AD 65

You have played enough; you have eaten and drunk enough. Now it is time for you to depart.
     - Horace, 65 - 8 BC


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