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You cannot know wine by the barrell.
  [You cannot know the wine by the barrel.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Not only has Solomon, in his wisdom, pointed out the evils, which attend those who tarry long at the wine, but all the precepts and denunciators against drunkenness, all the details of the flagitious arts penetrated under its influence, which are recorded in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, are directed against the inordinate drinkers of wine.
      - Thomas Hodgkin

Sparkling and bright, in liquid light,
  Does the wine our goblets gleam in;
    With hue as red as the rosy bed
      Which a bee would choose to dream in.
      - Charles Fenno Hoffman,
        Sparkling and Bright

The use of wine must inevitably be a stepping-stone to that of stronger drinks and to intemperance.
      - John Calvin Holbrook

Far from me be the gift of Bacchus--pernicious, inflaming wine, that weakens both body and mind.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

The wine urges me on, the bewitching wine, which sets even a wise man to singing and to laughing gently, and rouses him up to dance and brings forth words which were better unspoken.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

Wine lead to folly, making even the wise to laugh immoderately, to dance, and to utter what had better have been kept silent.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

And wine can of their wits the wise beguile,
  Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XIV, l. 520), (Bryant's translation)

By wine eating cares are put to flight.
  [Lat., Vino diffugiunt mordaces curae.]
      - adapted from Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Carmina (I, 18, 4)

Who prates of war or want after his wine?
  [Lat., Quis post vina gravem militiam aut pauperiem crepat?]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, 18, 5)

Now drown care in wine.
  [Lat., Nunc vino pellite curas.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, 7, 32)

Mighty to inspire new hopes, and able to drown the bitterness of cares.
  [Lat., Spes donare novas largus, amaraque
    Curarum eluere efficax.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (IV, 12, 19)

Whom has not the inspiring bowl made eloquent?
  [Lat., Foecundi calices quem non fecere disertum.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 5, 19)

Wine it is the milk of Venus,
  And the poet's horse accounted:
    Ply it and you all are mounted.
      - Ben Jonson,
        from the lines over the door of the "Apollo"

But that which most doth take my muse and me,
  Is a pure cup of rich Canary wine,
    Which is the mermaid's now, but shall be mine.
      - Ben Jonson, Epigram CI

Dance and Provencal song and sunburnt mirth!
  On for a beaker full of the warm South,
    Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene!
      With beaded bubbles winking at the brim,
        And purple-stained mouth.
      - John Keats (1), Ode to a Nightingale

Vodka is tasteless going down, but it is memorable coming up.
      - Garrison Keillor

Better be jocund with the fruitful Grape
  Than sadden after none, or bitter fruit.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat (st. 54),
        (FitzGerald's translation)

The Grape that can with Logic absolute
  The Two-and-Seventy jarring Sects confute:
    The sovereign Alchemist that in a trice
      Life's leaden metal into Gold transmute.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat (st. 59),
        (FitzGerald's translation)

There is a devil in every berry of the grape.
      - Koran

The use of wine is quite superfluous to man. It is constantly followed by the expenditure of power. The drinker draws a bill on his health which must always be renewed.
      - Baron Justus von Liebig

Filled with the wine
  Of the vine
      That flames so red in Sansavine.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
         (ch. VIII), (quoted)

When flowing cups pass swiftly round
  With no allaying Thames.
      - Richard Lovelace, To Althea from Prison

When thirsty grief in wine we steep,
  When healths and draughts go free,
    Fishes, that tipple in the deep,
      Know no such liberty.
      - Richard Lovelace, To Althea, from Prison

Things of greatest profit are set forth with least price. Where the wine is neat there needeth no live blush.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie), Euphues
         (A, 3)

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