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In the bottle discontent seeks for comfort, cowardice for courage, and bashfulness for confidence.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Intemperance is a great decayer of beauty.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Touch the goblet no more!
  It will make thy heart sore
    To its very core!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Christus--The Golden Legend (pt. I)

In what pagan nation was Moloch ever propitiated by such an unbroken and swift-moving procession of victims as are offered to this Moloch of Christendom, intemperance.
      - Horace Mann

The pleasing poison the visage quite transforms of him that drinks, and the inglorious likeness of a beast fixes instead, unmoulding reason's mintage charactered in the face.
      - John Milton

Soon as the potion works, their human count'nance,
  Th' express resemblance of the gods, is chang'd
    Into some bruitish form of wolf or bear,
      Or ounce or tiger, hog, or bearded goat,
        All other parts remaining as they were;
          And they, so perfect in their misery,
            Not once perceive their foul disfigurement.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 64)

. . . And when night
  Darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons
    Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 500)

The smaller the drink, the clearer the head.
      - William Penn

In the flowers that wreathe the sparkling bowl, fell adders hiss, and poisonous serpents roll.
      - Matthew Prior

In vain I trusted that the flowing bowl
  Would banish sorrow, and enlarge the soul.
    To the late revel, and protracted feast,
      Wild dreams succeeded, and disorder'd rest.
      - Matthew Prior, Solomon (bk. II, l. 106)

Other vices make their own way; this makes way for all vices. He that is a drunkard is qualified for all vice.
      - Francis Quarles

Greatness of any kind has no greater foe than a habit of drinking.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.
  [Lat., Nihil aliud est ebrietas quam voluntaria insania.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (LXXXIII)

O, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!
      - William Shakespeare

Sweet fellowship in shame!
  One drunkard loves another of the name.
      - William Shakespeare

O monstrous! but one halfpennyworth of bread to this intolerable deal of sack!
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Prince Henry at II, iv)

(King Ferdinand:) In love, I hope--sweet fellowship in shame!
  (Berowne:) One drunkard loves another of the name.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (King Ferdinand & Berowne at IV, iii)

Boundless intemperance
  In nature is a tyranny. It hath been
    Th' untimely emptying of the happy throne
      And fall of many kings.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macduff at IV, iii)

In honest plainness thou hast heard me say
  My daughter is not for thee; and now, in madness,
    Being full of supper and distemp'ring draughts,
      Upon malicious knavery does thou come
        To start my quiet.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Brabantio at I, i)

I remember a mass of things, but nothing distinctly; a quarrel, but nothing wherefore. O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains! that we should with joy, pleasance, revel, and applause transform ourselves into beasts!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Cassio at II, iii)

I will ask him for my place again: he shall tell me I am a drunkard! Had I as many mouths as Hydra, such an answer would stop them all. To be now a sensible man, by and by a fool, and presently a beast! O strange! Every inordinate cup is unblest, and the ingredient is a devil.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Cassio at II, iii)

I told you, sir, they were redhot with drinking;
  So full of valor that they smote the air
    For breathing in their faces, beat the ground,
      For kissing of their feet; yet always bending
        Towards their project.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Ariel at IV, i)

(Olivia:) What's a drunken man like, fool?
  (Clown:) Like a drowned man, a fool, and a madman. One draught above heat makes him a fool, the seconds mads him, and a third drowns him.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Olivia & Clown at I, v)

Purged from drugs of foul intemperance.
      - Edmund Spenser

He is certainly as guilty of suicide who perishes by a slow, as he who is despatched by an immediate, poison.
      - Sir Richard Steele

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