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It is not the drinker, but the man who has just stopped drinking, who thinks the world is going to the dogs.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

One sip of this
  Will bathe the drooping spirits in delight,
    Beyond the bliss of dreams.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 811)

Then to the spicy nut-brown ale.
      - John Milton, L'Allegro (l. 100)

I drink to make other people interesting.
      - George Jean Nathan

I only drink to make other people seem interesting.
      - George Jean Nathan

Let the farmer praise his grounds,
  Let the huntsman praise his hounds,
    The shepherd his dew scented lawn,
      But I more blessed than they,
        Spend each happy night and day
          With my charming little cruiskeen lan, lan, lan.
      - Old Song, Cruiskeen Lawn, an Irish song

Let the back and sides go bare, my boys,
  Let the hands and the feet gang cold;
    But give to belly, boys, beer enough,
      Whether it be new or old.
      - Old Song, The Beggar,
        old English folk song

Landlord fill the flowing bowl
  Until it doth run over;
    For to-night we'll merry be
      To-morrow we'll be sober.
      - Old Song, Three Jolly Postboys,
        18th century song

Over their cups.
  [Lat., Inter pocula.]
      - Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 30)

There St. John mingles with my friendly bowl
  The feast of reason and the flow of soul.
      - Alexander Pope, Second Book of Horace
         (satire I, l. 128)

They never taste who always drink;
  They always talk who never think.
      - Matthew Prior,
        Upon a Passage in the Scaligerana

There are more old drunkards than old physicians.
  [Fr., Il y a plus de vieux ivrongnes qu'il y a de vieux medecins.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Gargantua
         (bk. I, ch. XLII)

"Nose, nose, nose, nose!
  And who gave you that jolly red nose!
    Sinamont and ginger, nutmegs and cloves,
      And that gave me my jolly red nose!"
      - Thomas Ravenscroft, Deuteromela

To drink in the spirit of a place you should be not only alone but unhurried.
      - George Santayana

This lemonade is weak like your soul--try it.
  [Ger., Die Limonade ist matt wie deine Seele--versuche!]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Cabale und Liebe (V, 7)

Of all the vices drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.
      - Sir Walter Scott

I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking; I could well wish courtesy would invent some other custom of entertainment.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Cassio at II, iii)

Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Anne Page at I, i)

Why, thou deboshed fish thou, was there ever man a coward that hath drunk so much sack as I to-day? Wilt thou tell a monstrous lie, being but half a fish and half a monster?
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Trinculo at III, ii)

I'm only a beer teetotaller, not a champagne teetotaller.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Candida

This bottle's the sun of our table,
  His beams are rosy wine;
    We planets that are not able
      Without his held to shine.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Duenna
         (act III, sc. 5)

I drink to the confusion of our enemies.
      - Frank Sinatra

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.
          [Lat., Si bene commemini, causae sunt quinque bibendi;
            Hospitis adventus, praesens sitis, atque futura,
              Aut vini bonitas, aut quaelibet altera causa.]
      - attributed to Jean Sirmond,
        by Menage and De la Monnoye, see "Menagiana," vol. I, p. 172

Back and side go bare, go bare,
  Both foot and hand go cold;
    But belly, God send thee good ale enough,
      Whether it be new or old.
      - Bishop John Still, Gammer Gurton's Needle
         (act II)

I cannot eat but little meat,
  My stomach is not good;
    But sure I think that I can drink
      With him that wears a hood.
      - Bishop John Still, Gammer Gurton's Needle
         (act II)

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