British statesman Edmund Burke argued, "men are qualified for civil liberty in
exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains on their own appetites. Society
cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and
the less of it there is within, the more there is without. It is ordained in the eternal
constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge
Imprimis, Vol. 20, No. 9.
During his term as President of the U.S., Lyndon Johnson was somewhat overweight. One
day his wife challenged him with this blunt assertion: "You can't run the country if
you can't run yourself." Respecting Mrs. Johnson's wise observation, the President
lost 23 pounds.
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