Some allege that many, without leading such a life, have lived to be a hundred, and that in constant health, and though they ate a great deal and used indiscriminately every kind of viands and wine; and, therefore, flatter themselves that they should be equally fortunate. But in this they are guilty of two mistakes; the first is that it is not one in a hundred thousand that ever attains that happiness; the other mistake is that such, in the end, most assuredly contract some illness, which carries them off, nor can they ever be sure of ending their days otherwise. So the safest way to obtain a long and healthy life is, at least after forty, to embrace sobriety. This is no such difficult affair, since history informs us of so many who in former times lived with the greatest temperance; and I know that the present age furnishes us with many such instances, reckoning myself one of the number. We are all human beings, and endowed with reason, consequently we are masters of all our actions.