Vocabulary: sybaritic – life as a party


Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
Sentence: This was a fundamentally hedonist code expressed in upward of 150 aphorisms tinted by Dewar's sybaritic enthusiasms.
Page: 170

Word: sybaritic
Definition:
  • characterized by or loving luxury or sensuous pleasure: to wallow in sybaritic splendor.
   Source: Dictionary.com

According to Wikipedia, Sybaris, from which we get the word sybaritic, was an ancient Greek city on the western shore of the Gulf of Taranto. The wealth of the city in the 6th century BC was such that the Sybarites became synonymous with pleasure and luxury.

And speaking of Lord Thomas Dewar, these two aphorisms were in the book:

- Of two evils, choose the more interesting.
- If we are here to help others, I often wonder what the others are here for.

I had to find a couple more attributed to him:

- Confessions may be good for the soul but they are bad for the reputation.
- Love is an ocean of emotions entirely surrounded by expenses.
- Judge not a man by his clothes, but by his wife’s clothes.
- No wife can endure a gambling husband; unless he is a steady winner.
- Nothing hurts more than having to pay an income tax, unless it is not having to pay an income tax.
- The road to success is filled with women pushing their husbands along.

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