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Oscar LevantI don't drink. I don't like it. It makes me feel good.

—  Oscar Levant, 1906-1972, American pianist

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DiogenesWhat I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.

—  Diogenes, 410-323 BC, Ancient Greek Cynic philosopher

Humphrey BogartI should have never switched from Scotch to Martinis.

—  Humphrey Bogart, 1899-1957, American actor

     (toward the end of his life)

George Bernard ShawAlcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Dorothy ParkerOne more drink and I'd have been under the host.

—  Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967, American writer, poet, satirist, critic

Dorothy ParkerI'm not a writer with a drinking problem, I'm a drinker with a writing problem.

—  Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967, American writer, poet, satirist, critic

Winston ChurchillAll I can say is that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Winston ChurchillWhen I was younger I made it a rule never to take strong drink before lunch. It is now my rule never to do so before breakfast.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Wolfgang GoetheThey should be ashamed of themselves, all these sober people!

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Friedrich NietzscheTwo great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

H.L. MenckenNever drink before sunset; Never drink more than 3 days in a row.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Oscar WildeWork is the curse of the drinking classes.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

SenecaDrunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.

—  Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD, Roman philosopher

Samuel JohnsonThere is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Samuel JohnsonThere are some sluggish men who are improved by drinking; as there are fruits that are not good until they are rotten.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Samuel JohnsonThis is one of the disadvantages of wine, it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Samuel JohnsonWine makes a man more pleased with himself; I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Lord ByronWhat's drinking? A mere pause from thinking!

—  Lord Byron, 1788-1824, British poet

Lord ByronMan, being reasonable, must get drunk; the best of life is but intoxication.

—  Lord Byron, 1788-1824, British poet

G. K. ChestertonDrink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Ernest HemingwayI drink to make other people more interesting.

—  Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961, American writer, Nobel 1954

Ernest HemingwayWrite drunk, edit sober.

—  Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961, American writer, Nobel 1954

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Charles BaudelaireOne should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

William JamesIf merely 'feeling good' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Bob MarleyHerb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

Bob MarleyAlcohol make you drunk, man. It don't make you meditate, it just make you drunk. Herb is more a consciousness.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

Anton ChekhovI haven't drunk champagne for a long time.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

     (his last words)

Anton ChekhovA man who doesn't drink is not, in my opinion, fully a man.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Charles DarwinAn American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.

—  Charles Darwin, 1809-1882, British scientist

Franklin RooseveltWhat America needs now is a drink.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

David Lloyd GeorgeWe are fighting Germany, Austria and drink, and as far as I can see, the greatest of these three deadly foes is drink.

—  David Lloyd George, 1863-1945, British Prime Minister [1916-1922]


Latin Quotes

Pliny the ElderTruth in wine.

In vino veritas.

—  Pliny the Elder, 23-79 μ.X., Roman natural philosopher

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Quotes in Verse

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeWater, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, English poet & philosopher


Funny Quotes

Robert BenchleyI know I'm drinking myself to a slow death, but then I'm in no hurry.

—  Robert Benchley, 1889-1945, American columnist

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Henry YoungmanMy dad was the town drunk. Most of the time that's not so bad; but New York City?

—  Henry Youngman, 1906-1998, American comedian

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Henry YoungmanWhen I read about the dangers of drinking, I gave up reading.

—  Henry Youngman, 1906-1998, American comedian

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Henry YoungmanMy Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.

—  Henry Youngman, 1906-1998, American comedian

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Rodney DangerfieldMy doctor told me to watch my drinking. Now I drink in front of a mirror.

—  Rodney Dangerfield, 1924-2004, American comedian

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Steven WrightDrink 'til she's cute, but stop before the wedding.

—  Steven Wright, 1955-, American comedian

Dorothy ParkerA hangover is the wrath of grapes.

—  Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967, American writer, poet, satirist, critic

Ambrose BierceBacchus, n. A convenient deity invented by the ancients as an excuse for getting drunk.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

George BurnsIt 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, 1896-1996, American comedian


Ancient Greek

HomerWhen a man is exhausted, wine will build his strength.

Ανδρί δε κεκμηώτι μένος μέγα οίνος αέξει.

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Iliad VI

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Proverbs

Yiddish proverbThe bar owner loves the drunkard, but he wouldn’t give him his daughter in marriage.

—  Yiddish proverb

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German proverbYouth is getting drunk without wine and old age is wine without getting drunk.

—  German proverb

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Movie Quotes

Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)I was in love with a beautiful blond once, dear. She drove me to drink. That's the one thing I'm indebted to her for.

—  from the film Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)

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Dracula (1931)I never drink wi-i-ine.

—  from the film Dracula (1931)

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Goldfinger (1964)A martini. Shaken, not stirred.

—  from the film Goldfinger (1964)

Alphaville (1965)Yes, I am afraid of death. But for a humble secret agent, it's an everyday thing, like whiskey. And I've been drinking all my life.

—  from the film Alphaville (1965)










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