One is all right, two is too many, three is not enough. ~James Thurber, 1960
Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third. ~Knute Rockne (1888–1931)
The first glass is a sedative, the second a psychologist, the third glass an excuse, and the fourth a lobotomy. ~Terri Guillemets, “I need glasses,” 1996
For fear that one drink will be lonesome, take another to keep it company, and another to keep peace between them.
One glass is wholesome,
Two glasses toothsome,
Three glasses blithesome,
Four glasses fulsome,
Five glasses noisome,
Six glasses quarrelsome,
Seven glasses darksome.
~A Book of Old Songs, Healths, Toasts, Sentiments, and Wise Sayings Pertaining to the Bond of Good Fellowship, 1901
Actually, it only takes one drink to get me loaded. The trouble is I can’t remember if it’s the thirteenth or fourteenth. ~George Burns (1896–1996)
On drink three time is blurred, and suddenly I’m not thinking about the future any more. Or the past. Or even the present…. I’m floating through time. ~Dodie Clark, Secrets for the Mad, 2017
I drink exactly as much as I want, and one drink more. ~H.L. Mencken (1880–1956)
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