The difference between the most dissimilar characters, between a philosopher and a common street porter, for example, seems to arise not so much from nature, as from habit, custom, and education.
La faute des hommes supérieurs est de dépenser leurs jeunes années à se rendre dignes de la faveur. Pendant qu'ils thésaurisent, leur force est la science pour Porter sans effort le poids d'une puissance qui les fuit; les intrigants, riches de mots et dépourvus d'idées, vont et viennent, surprennent les sots, et se logent dans la confiance des demi-niais.honoré de balzac
Got my ticket at the airport Well I guess I've been marking time I've been living in another country That operates along entirely different lines Keep me away from Porter or whiskey Don't play anything sentimental it'll make me cry I've got to go back my friend Is there really any need to ask why?van morrison
If a workman can conveniently spare those three halfpence, he buys a pot of Porter. If he cannot, he contents himself with a pint, and, as a penny saved is a penny got, he thus gains a farthing by his temperance.Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (1776), Book V, Chapter II, Part II, Article IV, pg.951.