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When treading London's well-known ground
  If e'er I feel my spirits tire,
    I haul my sail, look up around,
      In search of Whitbread's best entire.
      - Unattributed Author,
        from "The Myrtle and the Vine"--A Complete Vocal Library--A Pot of Porter, Ho!

And I wish his soul in heaven may dwell,
  Who first invented this leathern bottel!
      - Unattributed Author, Leathern Bottel

Drinking will make a man quaff,
  Quaffing will make a man sing,
    Singing will make a man laugh,
      And laughing long life doth bring,
        Says old Simon the King.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Old Sir Simon the King,
        referring to Simon Wadloe, tavern-keeper at the "Devil," Fleet Street, about 1621

Fill up the goblet and reach to me some!
  Drinking makes wise, but dry fasting makes glum.
      - William R. Alger,
        Oriental Poetry--Wine Song of Kaitmas

The first draught serveth for health, the second for pleasure, the third for shame, and the fourth for madness.
      - Anacharsis

  With my beer
    I sit,
      While golden moments flit:
          They pass
            Unheeded by:
              And as they fly,
                  Being dry,
                    Sit, idly sipping here
                      My beer.
      - George Arnold, Beer

Or merry swains, who quaff the nut-brown ale,
  And sing enamour'd of the nut-brown maid.
      - James Beattie, The Minstrel
         (bk. I, st. 44)

Nose, nose, holly red nose,
  And who gave thee that jolly red nose?
    Nutmegs and ginger, cinammon and cloves;
      And they gave me this jolly red nose.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Knight of the Burning Pestle
         (act I, sc. 4)

Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with it's just compounding the felony.
      - Robert Benchley

If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.
      - Bible, I Corinthians (ch. XV, v. 32)

What harm in drinking can there be,
  Since punch and life so well agree?
      - Thomas Blacklock, Epigram on Punch (l. 15)

People who don't drink are afraid of revealing themselves.
      - Humphrey Bogart

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

When the liquor's out, why clink the cannikin?
      - Robert Browning, The Flight of the Duchess

It's a long time between drinks.
      - attributed to Aedanus Burke

Inspiring bold John Barleycorn,
  What dangers thou canst make us scorn!
    Wi' tippenny, we fear nae evil;
      Wi' usquebae, we'll face the devil!
      - Robert Burns, Tam o' Shanter (l. 105)

There's some are fou o' love divine,
  There's some are fou' o' brandy.
      - Robert Burns, The Holy Fair (st. 30)

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.
      - George Carlin

I drink when I have occasion, and sometimes when I have no occasion.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. XXXIII)

And broughte of mighty ale a large quart.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
         (l. 3,497), The Miller's Tale

If you are invited to drink at any man's house more than you think is wholesome, you may say "you wish you could, but so little makes you both drunk and sick; that you should only be bad company by doing so."
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope,
        Principles of Politeness and of Knowing the World
         (sec. Sundry Little Accomplishments)

Prudence must not be expected from a man who is never sober.
  [Lat., Non est ab homine nunquam sobrio postulanda prudentia.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Philippicoe (II, 32)

Mynheer Vandunck, though he never was drunk,
  Sipped brandy and water gayly.
      - George Colman ("The Younger"),
        Mynheer Vandunck

Nothing in Nature's sober found,
  But an eternal Health goes round.
    Fill up the Bowl then, fill it high--
      Fill all the Glasses there; for why
        Should every Creature Drink but I?
          Why, Man of Morals, tell me why?
      - Abraham Cowley, Anacreon II--Drinking

The thirsty Earth soaks up the Rain,
  And drinks, and gapes for Drink again;
    The Plants suck in the Earth and are
      With constant Drinking fresh and fair.
      - Abraham Cowley, Anacreon II--Drinking

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