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Quotations on Alcohol and Drinking

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In vino veritas
With wine comes truth.

~ Unknown

Tell me the brand Grant drinks so I can send some to all my generals.

~ Abraham Lincoln

- to congressional delegation, 1863

I have taken more good from alcohol than alcohol has taken from me.

~ Winston Churchill

- 1964

It's a long time between drinks.

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

- The Wrong Box, 1889

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.

~ Herman Melville

- Moby Dick, 1851

Is dandy
But liquor
Is quicker

~ Ogden Nash

- 1931

There's something about a Martini,
Ere the dining and dancing begin,
And to tell you the truth,
It is not the vermouth-
I think that perhaps it's the gin.

~ Ogden Nash

- 1935

Bacchus ever fair and young,
Drinking joys did first ordain.
Bacchus's blessings are a treasure,
Drinking is the soldier's pleasure,
Rich the treasure,
Sweet the pleasure-
Sweet is pleasure after pain.

~ John Dryden

- 1697

You ought to get out of these wet clothes and into a dry martini.

~ Mae West

- Every Day's a Holiday, 1937


Expand my mind learning juice.

~ Homer Simpson

- while drinking a beer

MACDUFF: What three things does drink especially provoke?

PORTER: Marry, Sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine. Lechery sir, it provokes and unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.

~ William Shakespeare

- Macbeth, II, iii

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.

~ The Bible

- 1 Timothy 5:23

If all be true that I do think,
There are five good reasons we should drink:
Good wine - a friend - or being dry -
Or lest we should be by and by -
Or any other reason why.

~ Henry Aldrich

- 1700

Malt does more than Milton can
To justify God's ways to man.

~ A.E. Housman

- A Shropshire Lad, 1896

Three highballs, and I think I'm St. Francis as Assisi.

~ Dorothy Parker

- Just a Little One in Laments for the Living, 1930

Water is best.

~ Pindar

- Olympian Odes, 5th cent. B.C.

Father, dear father, come home with me now;
The clock in the steeple strikes one;
You promised, dear father, that you would come home
As soon as your day's work was done.

~ Henry Clay Work

- 1864

Though in silence, with blighted affection, I pine,
Yet the lips that touch liquor must never touch mine!

~ George W. Young

- 1900

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