Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.
Quoted by Lord Chesterfield in a letter to his son, 5 Feb1750. In an earlier letter, 6 Nov1747, he refers to the same adage in the form'for the pounds'. English novelist. He went to sea as a young man and lived in Mexico and Vancouver. He is best known for his novel, Under the Volcano (1947), one of the great 20c explorations of alcoholism. He died after choking in his sleep.
Nothing in the world was more terrible than an empty bottle! Unless it was an empty glass.William Lowndes
Where are the children I might have had?? Drowned to the accompaniment of the rattling of a thousand douche bags.William Lowndes
How alike are the groans of love to those of the dying.William Lowndes
Dark as the Grave Wherein my Friend is Laid.William Lowndes