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[ Also see Drinking Prohibition Temperance Toasts Wine and Spirits ]

When I sell liquor, they call it bootlegging. When my patrons serve it on silver trays on Lake Shore Drive, they call it hospitality.
      - Alphonse (Al) Capone (nicknamed "Scarface")

Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain,
  With grammar, and nonsense, and learning;
    Good liquor, I stoutly maintain,
      Gives genius a better discerning.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer
         (act I, sc. 1, song)

Call things by their right names . . . Glass of brandy and water! That is the current, but not the appropriate name; ask for a glass of liquid fire and distilled damnation.
      - Robert Hall,
        Gregory's "Life of Hall", vol. I, p. 59

As for the brandy, "nothing extenuate"; and the water, put nought in in malice.
      - Douglas William Jerrold,
        Jerrold's Wit--Shakespeare Grog

Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.
      - George Bernard Shaw

Alcohol is a very necessary article . . . . It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

Gin was mother's milk to her.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion


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