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As I'm talking after a dinner preceded by a kind of liquidity which economists have not considered, I'm reminded of a sentence in Sterne's Tristram Shandy: "The ancient Goths of Germany had . . . a wise custom of debating twice everything of importance to the state. That is, once drunk and once sober: Drunk, that their councils might not lack vigor; and sober, that they might not want discretion."

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