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Tea is so tame. A cocktail is lots more naughty. ~Richard Florance, "It: The Usual Play with an Unusual Ending," in The Smart Set: A Magazine of Cleverness, December 1915


Stay busy, get plenty of exercise, and don't drink too much. Then again, don't drink too little. ~Herman "Jackrabbit" Smith-Johannsen


To good eating belongs good drinking. ~German Proverb


Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. ~Ernest Hemingway


Don't trust a brilliant idea unless it survives the hangover. ~Jimmy Breslin


I prefer to think that God is not dead, just drunk. ~John Marcellus Huston


If you must drink and drive, drink Pepsi. ~Author unknown, as seen on a bumper sticker


The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity. ~Author Unknown


If drinking is interfering with your work, you're probably a heavy drinker. If work is interfering with your drinking, you're probably an alcoholic. ~Author Unknown


If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


O God, that men
should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away
their brains! that we should, with joy, pleasance
revel and applause, transform ourselves into beasts!
~William Shakespeare, Othello [II, 3, Cassio]


First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. ~Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald


I think a man ought to get drunk at least twice a year just on principle, so he won't let himself get snotty about it. ~Raymond Chandler


A full Vine bending, like an Arch, and under
The blown God Bacchus, fitting on a Hogshead,
His Altar Beer: before that, a plump Vinter
Kneeling, and offering Incense to his Deity...
[A]nd then comes thy Song... The drinking Song...
      Drink today and drown all Sorrow,
      You shall perhaps not do it to morrow.
      Best while you have it use your Breath,
      There is no drinking after Death. ⁂
      Wine works the Heart up, makes the Wit,
      There is no Cure 'gainst Age but it... ⁂
      Then let us swill, Boys, for our Health;
      Who drinks well, loves the Commonwealth.
      And he that will to Bed go sober,
      Falls with the Leaf still in October.
~Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, The Bloody Brother; or, Rollo, a Tragedy, 1718 (Act II, Scene II)


Come, landlord, fill a flowing bowl, until it does run over;
To-night we all will merry be, to-morrow we'll get sober.
~Popular song, c.1700s


If four or five guys tell you that you're drunk, even though you know you haven't had a thing to drink, the least you can do is to lie down a little while. ~Joseph Schenck


 
 
Nevertheless my uncle Benjamin was not what you lightly term a drunkard, make no mistake about that. He was an epicurean who pushed philosophy to the point of intoxication,—that was all.... He loved wine, not for itself, but for that short-lived madness which it brings.... he maintained that a fasting man was a man still asleep; that intoxication would have been one of the greatest blessings of the Creator, if it had not injured the head, and that the only thing that made man superior to the brute was the faculty of getting drunk. ~Claude Tillier (1801–1844), My Uncle Benjamin: A Humorous, Satirical, and Philosophical Novel, 1843, translated from the French by Benjamin R. Tucker, 1890


Almost anything can be preserved in alcohol, except health, happiness, and money. ~Mary Wilson Little, Reveries of a Paragrapher, 1897


Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water. ~W.C. Fields


It is most absurdly said, in popular language, of any man, that he is disguised in liquor; for, on the contrary, most men are disguised by sobriety. ~Thomas de Quincy, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, 1856


Come, brothers, come, and drink with me,
      See how the glass is beaming!
      One bright unclouded hour will we
      Spend in delicious dreaming!...
Fleeting is every earthly joy,
      Wait not till time its bloom destroy,
      But pluck the rose, nor pause to think,
            But drink!
~Theodor Körner (1791–1813), "A Drinking Song," A Selection from the Poems and Dramatic Works of Theodor Körner, 1850, translated from the German by an unnamed female translator  #happyhour


The harsh, useful things of the world, from pulling teeth to digging potatoes, are best done by men who are as starkly sober as so many convicts in the death-house, but the lovely and useless things, the charming and exhilarating things, are best done by men with, as the phrase is, a few sheets in the wind. ~H.L. Mencken, Prejudices, Fourth Series, 1924


Your body is a temple, but keep the spirits on the outside. ~Author unknown


The bad taste of alcohol is there to clue in your body that you shouldn't drink it. Luckily I don't fall for "appeal to nature" fallacies. ~Corey Mohler, @existentialcoms


I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day. ~Frank Sinatra


What's drinking?
A mere pause from thinking!
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, The Deformed Transformed


Rum is a flatterer, making fools and lunatics. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


I like to keep a bottle of stimulant handy in case I see a snake, which I also keep handy. ~W.C. Fields


Woman first tempted man to eat; he took to drinking of his own accord. ~Four Hundred Laughs: Or, Fun Without Vulgarity, compiled and edited by John R. Kemble, 1902


Upon occasion we should go as far as intoxication.... Drink washes cares away, stirs the mind from its lowest depths.... But in liberty moderation is wholesome, and so it is in wine.... We ought not indulge too often, for fear the mind contract a bad habit, yet it is right to draw it toward elation and release and to banish dull sobriety for a little. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca, "On Tranquillity of Mind"


Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it's compounding a felony. ~Robert Benchley


Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully. ~Graham Greene


I hate drunkenness; but I do not hate the drunkard. If any man should have our friendship it is the man who has failed to be a friend to himself. The fact is, the victim of strong drink often has all the virtues—including high intelligence and a tender, sympathetic heart—and yet when the Demon Drink clutches him, his will is paralyzed, and Satan is in the saddle.... The worst about strong drink has never been told. It cannot be told—it escapes the limitations of language. ~Elbert Hubbard, "Can You Afford It?", Cosmopolitan, May 1913


I'll stick with gin. Champagne is just ginger ale that knows somebody. ~M*A*S*H, Hawkeye, "Ceasefire," 1973


One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time. ~Lady Astor


I like liquor — its taste and its effects — and that is just the reason why I never drink it. ~Stonewall Jackson


There are two reasons for drinking: one is, when you are thirsty, to cure it; the other, when you are not thirsty, to prevent it.... Prevention is better than cure. ~Thomas Love Peacock, Melincourt, 1817


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.
~Père Sirmond, c.1595, translated by Henry Aldrich


The chief reason for drinking is the desire to behave in a certain way, and to be able to blame it on alcohol. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


I envy people who drink—at least they know what to blame everything on. ~Oscar Levant


No animal ever invented anything so bad as drunkenness — or so good as drink. ~Lord Chesterton


Work is the curse of the drinking classes. ~Oscar Wilde


Even though a number of people have tried, no one has yet found a way to drink for a living. ~Jean Kerr


Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called everybody, and they meet at the bar. ~Drew Carey


Hard work, worry and whiskey are the friends of man. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)


We borrowed golf from Scotland as we borrowed whiskey. Not because it is Scottish, but because it is good. ~Horace Hutchinson


Drink 'til the ground looks blue. ~Thomas Heywood, Philocothonista, 1635 [spelling modernized —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Drunkenness is temporary suicide. ~Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness


It's like an angel crying on your tongue. ~The Mentalist, "My Bloody Valentine," written by Bruno Heller and Tom Szentgyorgyi, spoken by the character Patrick Jane, about alcohol


Drinking makes you happy with your body the way it is. ~Philip Rosenthal & Mike Royce, Everybody Loves Raymond, "Not So Fast" (season 9, episode 2), original airdate 2004 September 27th, spoken by the character Robert Barone, based on the comedy of Ray Romano


...why so very, very merry?
Is it purity of conscience, or your one-and-seven sherry?
~W.S. Gilbert, "Ferdinando and Elvira," The "Bab" Ballads: Much Sound and Little Sense, 1860s


Sobriety is either the love of health, or an incapacity for debauch. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault (1613–1680)


Everybody should believe in something; I believe I'll have another drink. ~Author Unknown


Memory impairment: the free prize at the bottom of every vodka bottle. ~Big Bang Theory, "The Agreement Dissection" (season 4, episode 21, original airdate April 28, 2011), written by Lorre, Prady, Molaro, Kaplan, Goetsch, and Gorodetsky, spoken by the character Sheldon Cooper


I hate a drinking companion with a memory. ~Martial, quoted by Lucian  #happyhour


It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is, I can't remember if it's the thirteenth or the fourteenth. ~George Burns


I don't think I've ever drunk champagne before breakfast before. With breakfast on several occasions, but never before before. ~From the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote, spoken by the character Paul Varjak


A man ought not never to get drunk above the neck. ~Author unknown


As soon as William returned, all poesy flew away. He brought me the heavy odor of the barroom, and his kisses, which smelt of gin, quickly broke the wings of my dream. ~Octave Mirbeau, A Chambermaid's Diary / Le Journal d'une Femme de Chambre, 1900, translated from the French by Benjamin R. Tucker


There are human bodies which, instead of throwing off alcohol that is taken into the system, seemingly catch and retain it. There are traps in the tissues that hold the toxin; and instead of getting rid of it, these traps set up a fever, a thirst, a vain unrest, and a mad desire for more drink. ~Elbert Hubbard, "Can You Afford It?", Cosmopolitan, May 1913


Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life. ~George Bernard Shaw


Now don't say you can't swear off drinking; it's easy, I've done it a thousand times. ~W.C. Fields


Is there no way to stop the brain from thinking
      Gin rickey thoughts and metaphysic highballs—
      And yet how simple 'twas to swear off drinking
      When one could get quite plastered to the eyeballs...
I'm Bacchanalian, bibulous, and wasted;
      My lofty thoughts have sunk to booze and bunk
      My jug of wine was full but rarely tasted;
      Lo now, I thirst—a wretched mental drunk!...
With dust as dry as Gobi in my flagon...
      I'm blistering and bleaching on the wagon.
~H. Lyman Armes, "As a Man Thinketh: A Pantoum," Judge, 1920 July 31st  [Please accept my apologies for ruining the pantoum format by shortening the poem for quoting. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


I believe that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade — and then try to find someone whose life is giving them vodka, and have a party. ~Ron White


They speak of my drinking, but never think of my thirst. ~Scottish proverb


The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober. ~William Butler Yeats


It shrinks my liver... it pickles my kidneys... but what does it do to my mind? It tosses the sandbags overboard so the balloon can soar. Suddenly I'm above the ordinary. I'm confident — supremely confident. I'm walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls. I'm one of the great ones. I'm Michelangelo molding the beard of Moses. I'm van Gogh painting pure sunlight. I'm Horowitz playing the Emperor Concerto. I'm John Barrymore before the movies, got him by the throat. I'm Jesse James and his two brothers — all three of them. I'm W. Shakespeare. ~Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder, The Lost Weekend, 1945, based on the novel by Charles Jackson (1903–1968), 1944, spoken by the character Don Birnam


Alcohol is a misunderstood vitamin. ~P.G. Wodehouse


Can you afford to run the risk of ruin by dallying with this arch-enemy that has laid so many low? We have been led to think that to drink is manly, and to get in a condition where common sense has fled and the tongue is tangled is funny.... The use of strong drink is neither manly, nor amusing, and no one who loves you or is interested in your welfare would think so. ~Elbert Hubbard, "Can You Afford It?", Cosmopolitan, May 1913


A woman drove me to drink and I never even had the courtesy to thank her. ~W.C. Fields


I drink exactly as much as I want, and one drink more. ~H.L. Mencken


Zen martini: A martini with no vermouth at all. And no gin, either. ~P.J. O'Rourke


What is it about a beautiful sunny afternoon, with the birds singing and the wind rustling through the leaves, that makes you want to get drunk? ~Jack Handey


The drunk mind speaks the sober heart. ~Author Unknown


I'm going to be around until the Atomic Energy Commission finds a safe place to bury my liver. ~Phil Harris


Know thyself, especially thyself after a couple of drinks. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Drink washes off the daub and discovers the man. ~Thomas Fuller's Gnomologia, no.1330  [spelling and capitalization modernized —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness. ~Seneca


Whoever takes just plain ginger ale soon gets drowned out of the conversation. ~Kin Hubbard


If we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and their hearts will bear an advantageous comparison with those of any other class. There seems ever to have been a proneness in the brilliant and warm-blooded to fall in to this vice. The demon of intemperance ever seems to have delighted in sucking the blood of genius and generosity. ~Abraham Lincoln, address to the Washington Temperance Society, Springfield, Illinois, 22 February 1842


I drink only to make my friends seem interesting. ~Don Marquis


Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss. ~Robert Heinlein


A bottle in front of me is like a frontal lobotomy. ~Attributed to Dorothy Parker


I'd prefer to have a full bottle in front of me than a full frontal lobotomy. ~Attributed to Frank Nicholson


Why don't you slip out of those wet clothes and into a dry Martini? ~Robert Benchley


Age and wedlock bring a man to his nightcap. ~William Camden's Remaines, c.1605


When Flemming saw the little streams, sliding down the mountainside, and leaping, all life and gladness, he would fain have clasped them in his arms and been their playmate, and revelled with them in their freedom and delight. Yet he was weary with the day's journey, and entered the village more like a way-worn traveller than an enthusiastic poet. As he went up the tavern steps, he said in his heart, with the Italian Aretino: "He who has not been at a tavern knows not what a paradise it is. O holy tavern! O miraculous tavern!—holy, because no carking cares are there, nor weariness, nor pain..." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Foot-Travelling," Hyperion: A Romance, 1839 (Book III, Chapter II)  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


I don't get drunk — I get awesome. ~Author Unknown


Where ever I go, there I am. Drunk. ~Rita E. Torres


When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading. ~Henny Youngman


The chief incentives to indulge in strong drink arise from imperfect nutrition, loss of sleep, and lack of exercise in the open air. These things bring about a condition where worry becomes a habit, and drink follows in a search for relief. ~Elbert Hubbard, "Can You Afford It?", Cosmopolitan, May 1913


My grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle. ~Henny Youngman


I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me. ~Winston Churchill


Of the demonstrably wise there are but two: those who commit suicide, & those who keep their reasoning faculties atrophied with drink. ~Mark Twain, 1898


Teetotalers lack the sympathy and generosity of men that drink. ~W.H. Davies


Brandy, n. A cordial composed of one part thunder-and-lightning, one part remorse, two parts bloody murder, one part death-hell-and-the-grave and four parts clarified Satan. ~Ambrose Bierce


I'm not an alcoholic. Alcoholics go to meetings. I'm a drunk. We go to parties. ~Author Unknown


If food hath slain its thousands, then drink has slain its tens of thousands. ~William Kitchiner, Directions for Invigorating and Prolonging Life, 1831


Irish queer: a fellow who prefers women to drink. ~Seán Ó Faoláin


Take life with a grain of salt, a slice of lime, and a shot of tequila. ~Author Unknown


Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third. ~Knute Rockne


Candy
Is dandy
But liquor
Is quicker.
~Ogden Nash, "Reflection on Ice-Breaking," Hard Lines, 1931


If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt. ~Dean Martin


Life's a waste of time, time's a waste of life so let's all get wasted and have the time of our life. ~Author unknown


Join me — one little jigger of dreams. ~Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder, The Lost Weekend, 1945, based on the novel by Charles Jackson (1903–1968), 1944, spoken by the character Don Birnam


A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the heard is hunted, it is the lowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. And that is why you always feel smarter after a few beers. ~Author unknown


The nut-brown ale and the fine old gin
Right pleasantly they do suck.
~Charles Stuart Calverley, "Striking," Verses and Translations, 1862


In truth, the danger of drink, to Americans, is more hazardous than to any other people. We have an intensity of "nerves" beyond that of any other nation that has ever existed. ~Elbert Hubbard, "Can You Afford It?", Cosmopolitan, May 1913


Health — what my friends are always drinking to before they fall down. ~Phyllis Diller


[O]ne sip of this
Will bathe the drooping spirits in delight
Beyond the bliss of dreams.
~John Milton


No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers. ~Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires


Everyone who drinks is not a poet. Some of us drink because we're not poets. ~From the movie Arthur


How come if alcohol kills millions of brain cells, it never killed the ones that made me want to drink? ~Author Unknown


Please someone tell me—
am I actually demented,
or just well-fermented?
~Terri Guillemets, "Tempus insaniam," 1996


Vodka is just awesome water. ~Author Unknown


One is all right, two is too many, three is not enough. ~James Thurber, 1960  [Of martinis. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


The first glass is a sedative, the second a psychologist, the third glass an excuse, and the fourth a lobotomy. ~Terri Guillemets


If you are young and you drink a great deal it will spoil your health, slow your mind, make you fat — in other words, turn you into an adult. ~P.J. O'Rourke


A few drams make a drunkard, a few drunkards make a dram-shop, and many dram-shops damn a nation. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


Never cry over spilt milk. It could've been whiskey. ~"Pappy" Maverick, in Maverick



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