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There is more of turn than of truth in a saying of Seneca, "That drunkenness does not produce but discover faults." Common experience teaches the contrary. Wine throws a man out of himself, and infuses dualities into the mind which she is a stranger to in her sober moments.
- Joseph Addison
Wine displays every little spot of the soul in its utmost deformity.
- Joseph Addison
Beware the deadly fumes of that insane elation
Which rises from the cup of mad impiety,
And go, get drunk with that divine intoxication
Which is more sober far than all sobriety.
- William R. Alger,
Oriental Poetry--The Sober Drunkenness
It is little the sign of a wise or good man, to suffer temperance to be transgressed in order to purchase the repute of a generous entertainer.
- Francis Atterbury
All the crimes on earth do not destroy so many of the human race, nor alienate so much property, as drunkenness.
- Francis Bacon
Sinners, hear and consider; if you wilfully condemn your souls to bestiality, God will condemn them to perpetual misery.
- Richard Baxter
Every apartment devoted to the circulation of the glass, may be regarded as a temple set apart for the performance of human sacrifices. And they ought to be fitted up like the ancient temples in Egypt, in a manner to show the real atrocity of the superstition that is carried on within their walls.
- Thomas Lovell Beddoes
Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth its colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
- Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXIII, v. 29-32)
Man, being reasonable, must get drunk;
The best of life is but intoxication:
Glory, the grape, love, gold, in these are sunk
The hopes of all men and of every nation;
Without their sap, how branchless were the trunk
Of life's strange tree, so fruitful on occasion:
But to return,--Get very drunk; and when
You wake with headache, you shall see what then.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
Don Juan (canto II, st. 179)
Wise men mingle mirth with their cares, as a help either to forget or overcome them; but to resort to intoxication for the ease of one's mind is to cure melancholy by madness.
- Pierre Charron
Intemperance is a hydra with a hundred heads. She never stalks abroad unaccompanied with impurity, anger, and the most infamous profligacies.
- St. John Chrysostom
A sensual and intemperate youth hands over a worn-out body to old age.
[Lat., Libidinosa etenim et intemperans adolescentiam effoetum corpus tradit senectuti.]
- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
De Senectute (IX)
Ha! see where the wild-blazing Grog-Shop appears,
As the red waves of wretchedness swell,
How it burns on the edge of tempestuous years
The horrible Light-House of Hell!
- M'Donald Clarke ("The Mad Poet"),
The Rum Hole
All learned, and all drunk!
- William Cowper, Task (bk. IV, l. 478)
Gloriously drunk, obey the important call.
- William Cowper, Task (bk. IV, l. 510)
He calls drunkenness an expression identical with ruin.
- Laertius Diogenes,
Lives of the Philosophers--Pythagoras
Then hasten to be drunk, the business of the day.
- John Dryden, Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 407)
Petition me no petitions, Sir, to-day;
Let other hours be set apart for business,
To-day it is our pleasure to be drunk;
And this our queen shall be as drunk as we.
- Henry Fielding, Tom Thumb the Great
(act I, sc. 2)
Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune.
- Giuseppe Garibaldi
Intemperance weaves the winding-sheet of souls.
- John Bartholomew Gough
He that is drunken . . .
Is outlawed by himself; all kind of ill
Did with his liquor slide into his veins.
- George Herbert,
The Temple--The Church Porch (st. 6)
Shall I, to please another wine-sprung minde,
Lose all mine own? God hath giv'n me a measure
Short of His can and body; must I find
A pain in that, wherein he finds a pleasure?
- George Herbert,
The Temple--The Church Porch (st. 7)
What does drunkenness accomplish? It discloses secrets, it ratifies hopes, and urges even the unarmed to battle.
[Lat., Quid non ebrietas designat? Operta recludit;
Spes jubet esse ratas; in praelia trudit inermem.]
- Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
Epistles (I, 5, 16)
It is not fitting that the evil produced by men should be imputed to things; let those bear the blame who make an ill use of things in themselves good.
Intemperance is the epitome of every crime, the cause of every kind of misery.
- Douglas William Jerrold
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