Interesting quotes and poems about alcohol from “Loosening the Grip,” by Jean Kinney


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.

-Mark Twain


All excess is ill, but drunkenness is the worst sort.

-William Penn

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.

-Thomas Fuller

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.


The Odyssey

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.

-Dylan Thomas

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.

-Henry Fielding

When you stop drinking, you have to deal with this marvelous personality that started you drinking in the first place.

-Jimmy Breslin

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.

-Jonathan Swift



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