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WINE AND SPIRITS
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[ Also see Drink Drinking Drunkenness Indulgence Inns Intemperance Liquor Prohibition Taverns Temperance Thirst Toasts Water ]

Wine heightens indifference into love, love into jealousy, and jealousy into madness. It often turns the good-natured man into an idiot, and the choleric into an assassin. It gives bitterness to resentment, it makes vanity insupportable, and displays every little spot of the soul in its utmost deformity.
      - Joseph Addison

Wine often turns the good-natured man into an idiot and the choleric into an assassin.
      - Joseph Addison

I hang no ivie out to sell my wine;
  The nectar of good wits will sell itself.
      - Robert Allott (Allot),
        England's Parnassus--Sonnet to the Reader

Firm and erect the Caledonian stood;
  Sound was his mutton, and his claret good;
    "Let him drink port!" the English statesman cried:
      He drank the poison, and his spirit died.
      - Anonymous, in Dodd's "Epigrammatists"

Wine-drinking is the mother of all mischief, the root of crimes, the spring of vices, the whirlwind of the brain, the overthrow of the sense, the tempest of the tongue, the ruin of the body, the shame of life, the stain of honesty, and the plague and corruption of the soul.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

Of all things known to mortals wine is the most powerful and effectual for exciting and inflaming the passions of mankind, being common fuel to them all.
      - Francis Bacon

You often hear the remark that "there is no harm in a glass of wine per se." Per se means by itself. Certainly there is no harm in a glass of wine by itself. Place a glass of wine on a shelf and let it remain there, and it is per se, and will harm no one. But if you take it from the shelf and turn it inside a man, then it is no longer per se.
      - George Washington Bain

Old Simon the cellarer keep a rare store
  Of Malmsey and Malvoisie.
      - W.A. Bellamy, Simon the Cellarer

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.
      - Bible, I Timothy (ch. V, v. 23)

Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
  Which justify the wicked for reward, and take the righteousness of the righteous from him!
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. V, v. 22-23)

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XX, v. 1)

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)

He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
  And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. CIV, v. 14-15)

I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof; now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples;
  And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.
      - Bible, Song of Solomon (ch. VII, v. 8-9)

That is a treacherous friend whom you must always be on your guard. Such a friend is wine.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Thou shalt not drink wine of anything that will intoxicate.
      - Buddhist Commandment

Light wines--nothing so treacherous. They inflame the brain like fire while melting on the palate like ice. All inhabitants of light-wine countries are quarrelsome.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

John Barleycorn was a hero bold,
  Of noble enterprise,
    For if you do but taste his blood,
      'Twill make your courage rise,
        Twill make a man forget his wo;
          'Twill heighten all his joy.
      - Robert Burns, John Barleycorn

So Noah, when he anchor'd safe on
  The mountain's top, his lofty haven,
    And all the passengers he bore
      Were on the new world set ashore,
        He made it next his chief design
          To plant and propagate a vine,
            Which since has overwhelm'd and drown'd
              Far greater number, on dry ground,
                Of wretched mankind, one by one,
                  Than all the flood before had done.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Satire Upon Drunkenness
         (l. 105)

Few things surpass old wine; and they may preach
  Who please, the more because they preach in vain,--
    Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter,
      Sermons and soda-water the day after.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto II, st. 178)

Which cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires
  The young, makes Weariness forget his toil,
    And Fear her danger; opens a new world
      When this, the present, palls.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Sardanapalus (act I, sc. 1)

Sweet is old wine in bottles, ale in barrels.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Sweet Things (st. 5)

Wine and other luxuries have a tendency to enervate the mind and make men less brave in battle.
      - Julius Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar)

The sluices of the grog-shop are fed from the wine-glasses in the parlor, and there is a lineal descent from the gentleman who hiccoughs at his elegant dinner-table to the sot who makes a bed of the gutter.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

It's been a long time since I've had champagne.
      - Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Anton Pavlovich Tchehov)


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