• here was the secret of happiness, about which philosophers had disputed for so many ages, at once discovered; happiness might now be bought for a penny, and carried in the waistcoat-pocket; portable ecstasies might be had corked up in a pint-bottle; and peace of mind could be sent down by the mail.

    Thomas De Quincey (2015). “Delphi Complete Works of Thomas De Quincey (Illustrated)”, p.227, Delphi Classics