I have passed the whole of this year in uninterrupted lounging and pleasure.
On 29 December, 1833, Gladstone (1809-1898) wrote in his diary:
I have now familiarized myself with maxims sanctioning and encouraging a degree of intercourse with society, perhaps attended with much risk.
Now, who would you rather have lunch with, the Liberal or the Tory?
These entries were brought together by Philip Magus in his biography of Gladstone.