Frugality Quotes (1 quote)
Error of confounding cause and effect.There is no more dangerous error than confounding consequence with cause: I call it the intrinsic depravity of reason. I take an example: everybody knows the book of the celebrated Comaro, in which he recommends his spare diet as a recipe for a long and happy life,for a virtuous life also. Few books have been read so much I believe hardly any book has caused so much harm, has shortened so many lives, as this well-meant curiosity. The source of this mischief is in confounding consequence with cause. The candid Italian saw in his diet the cause of his long life, while the prerequisite to long life, the extraordinary slowness of the metabolic process, small consumption, was the cause of his spare diet. He was not at liberty to eat little or much; his frugalitywas not of free will; he became sick when he ate more.