If all be true that I do think,
There are five reasons we should drink;
Good wine – a friend- or being dry
Or lest we should be by and by
Or any other reason why.
-Dean of Christ Church, Oxford
Reasons for Drinking, 1689
In vino veritas
Food and drink is like a wound without a plaster.
Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.
Rick, while drowning his sorrows
Temperate temperance is best. Intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance.
All excess is ill, but drunkenness is the worst sort.
Advertising is a racket…its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking. I could well wish courtesy would invent some other custom of entertainment.
We take a drink only for the sake of benediction.
Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune.
The wine urges me on, the bewitching
wine, which sets even a wise man to
singing and to laughing gently and rouses
him up to dance and brings forth words
which were better unspoken.
It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relate over wine.
On the Universe
Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.
This is the great fault of wine; it first trips up the feet: it is a cunning wrestler.
-Titus Maccius Plautus
Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness
An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.
He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk.
Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy.
When you stop drinking, you have to deal with this marvelous personality that started you drinking in the first place.
Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.
-George Bernard Shaw
Wine prepares the heart for love, unless you take too much.
…and then there is Swift…
We were to do more business after dinner, but after dinner is after dinner-an old saying and a true,”much drinking, little thinking.