SGANARELLE [snuff-box in hand]. Let Aristotle and the philosophers say what they like, there’s nothing to equal tobacco; It’s an honest man’s habit, and anyone who can get on without it doesn’t deserve to be living at all: it not only clears and enlivens the brain, it’s conductive to virtue: a fellow learns from taking it how to comport himself decently. Haven’t you noticed how, once a chap starts taking snuff, he behaves politely to everybody, and what a pleasure he takes in offering it right and left, wherever he happens to be? He doesn’t even wait to be asked for it or until folk know that they want it! Which just goes to show how it makes for honest and decent behaviour in all those who take it.
Moliére Don Juan
Translated by John Woods