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DRINKING
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[ Also see Abstinence Appetite Coffee Drink Drunkenness Festivities Guests Indulgence Inns Intemperance Liquor Prohibition Satiety Sobriety Taverns Tea Temperance Thirst Toasts Water Wine and Spirits ]

Did you ever hear of Captain Wattle?
  He was all for love and a little for the bottle.
      - Charles Dibdin,
        Captain Wattle and Miss Rol

When I got up to the Peacock--where I found everybody drinking hot punch in self-preservation.
      - Charles Dickens, The Holly Tree Inn

"Wery good power o' suction, Sammy," said Mr. Weller the elder. . . . "You'd ha' made an uncommon fine oyster, Sammy, if you'd been born in that station o' life."
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
         (ch. XXIII)

Inebriate of air am I,
  And debauchee of dew,
    Reeling, through endless summer days,
      From inns of molten blue.
      - Emily Dickinson, Poems (XX)

It's the wise man who stays home when he's drunk.
      - Euripides

How gracious those dews of solace that over my senses fall
  At the clink of the ice in the pitcher the boy brings up the hall.
      - Eugene Field, The Clink of the Ice

Come landlord fill a flowing bowl until it does run over,
  Tonight we will all merry be--tomorrow we'll get sober.
      - John William Fletcher, Bloody Brother
         (act II, sc. 2)

Drink to-day, and drown all sorrow;
  You shall perhaps not do it to-morrow.
      - John William Fletcher, The Bloody Brother
         (act II, sc. 2), a song

Tell me I hate the bowl? Hate is a feeble word;
  I loathe, abhor--my very soul and strong disgust is stirred
    Whene'er I see or hear or tell of the dark beverage of hell.
      - attributed to John Bartholomew Gough,
        denied by him

Drinking is a way of ending the day.
      - Ernest Hemingway

Where the drink goes in, there the wit goes out.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

If you'd dip in such joys, come--the better, the quicker!--
  But remember the fee--for it suits not my ends
    To let you make havoc, scot free, with my liquor.
      As though I were one of your heavy-pursed friends.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        To Vergil (bk. IV, ode XII),
        (translated by Theo. Martin)

They who drink beer will think beer.
      - quoted by Washington Irving,
        The Sketch Book--Stratford-on-Avon

Nor shall our cups make any guilty men;
  But at our parting, we will be, as when
    We innocently met.
      - Ben Jonson, Epigram CI

Well, as he brews, so shall he drink.
      - Ben Jonson, Every Man in His Humour
         (act II, sc. 1)

Let those that merely talk and never think,
  That live in the wild anarchy of drink.
      - Ben Jonson,
        Underwoods--An Epistle, answering One asking to be sealed of the Tribe of Ben

Even though a number of people have tried, no one has yet found a way to drink for a living.
      - Jean Kerr

Payday came and with it beer.
      - Rudyard Kipling

Just a wee deoch-an-doris, just a wee yin, that's a'.
  Just a wee deoch-an-doris before we gang a-ay',
    There's a wee wifie waitin', in a wee but-an-ben;
      If you can say "It's a braw bricht moon-licht nicht
        Y're a 'richt ye ken.
      - Harry Lauder, Will Cunliffe and Gerald Grafton,
        Just a Wee Deoch-An-Doris

Now to rivulets from the mountains
  Point the rods of fortune-tellers;
    Youth perpetual dwells in fountains,
      Not in flasks, and casks, and cellars.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Drinking Song
         (st. 8)

Myrtale often smells of wine, but, wise,
  With eating bay-leaves thinks it to disguise:
    So nott with water tempers the wine's heate,
      But covers it. Henceforth if her you meete
        With red face and swell'd veynes, modesty say,
          "Sure Myrtale hath drunk o' th' bayes today?"
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. V, 4),
        translated in a manuscript, 16th century

Attic honey thickens the nectar-like Falernian. Such drink deserves to be mixed by Ganymede.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. XIII, 108)

Let Nepos place Caeretan wine on table, and you will deem it Setine. But he does not give it to all the world; he drinks it only with a trio of friends.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 124)

A man loses his sense of direction after four drinks; a woman loses hers after four kisses.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

I've made it a rule never to drink by daylight and never to refuse a drink after dark.
      - Henry Louis Mencken


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