-from Ben Jonson's Timber, 1640 (p. 5 of the 1892 edition, ed. Schelling).
"What a deal of cold business doth a man misspend the better part of life in! In scattering compliments, tendering visits, gathering and venting news, following feasts and plays, making a little winter-love in a dark corner."
[reposted from June, 2010]