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Taking our stand on the immovable rock of Christ's character we risk nothing in saying that the wine of miracle answered to the wine of nature, and was not intoxicating. No counter proof can equal the force of that drawn from His attributes. It is an indecency and a calumny to impute to Christ conduct which requires apology.
      - Abraham Coles

From extensive acquaintance with many lands, I unhesitatingly affirm that everywhere God has provided pure water for man, and that the wines drunk are often miserable and dirty, I have found water everywhere that I have traveled,--in China and India, Palestine and Egypt,--and everywhere water has been my beverage.
      - Thomas Cook

Sing! Who sings
  To her who weareth a hundred rings?
    Ah, who is this lady fine?
      The Vine, boys, the Vine!
        The mother of the mighty Wine,
          A roamer is she
            O'er wall and tree
              And sometimes very good company.
      - Barry Cornwall (pseudonym of Bryan Waller Procter),
        A Bacchanalian Song

Ten thousand casks,
  Forever dribbling out their base contents,
    Touch'd by the Midas finger of the state,
      Bleed gold for ministers to sport away.
        Drink, and be mad then; 'tis your country bids!
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. IV, l. 504)

Wine is like anger; for it makes us strong,
  Blind and impatient; and it leads us wrong;
    The strength is quickly lost; we feel the error long.
      - George Crabbe

The conscious water saw its God and blushed.
      - Richard Crashaw,
        Translation of His Own Epigram on the Miracle of Cana--St. John's Gospel
         (ch. II)

Wine makes a poor man rich in imagination, a rich man poor in reality.
      - Edward Parsons Day

In my interview with the king of the French, he stated expressly that the drunkenness of France was occasioned by wine.
      - Edward Cornelius Delavan

The wine-shops breed, in physical atmosphere of malaria and a moral pestilence of envy and vengeance, the men of crime and revolution.
      - Charles Dickens

"It wasn't the wine," murmured Mr. Snodgrass in a broken voice, "it was the salmon."
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
         (ch. VIII)

When asked what kind of wine he liked to drink he replied, "That which belongs to another."
      - Laertius Diogenes

When asked what wines he liked to drink he replied, "That which belongs to another."
      - Laertius Diogenes,
        Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers--Diogenes
         (VI), (Yonge's translation)

Bring me wine, but wine which never grew
  In the belly of the grape,
    Or grew on vine whose tap-roots, reaching through
      Under the Andes to the Cape,
        Suffered no savor of the earth to escape.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bacchus (st. 1)

Wine is the source of the greatest evils among communities. It causes diseases, quarrels, seditions, idleness, aversion to labor, and family disorders. . . . It is a species of poison that causes madness. It does not make a man die, but it degrades him into a brute. Men may preserve their health and vigor without wine; with wine they run the risk of ruining their health and losing their morals.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

Wine and youth are fire upon fire.
      - Henry Fielding

Wine is a turncoat; first a friend, and then an enemy.
      - Henry Fielding

A medium Vodka dry Martini--with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred.
      - Ian Fleming, Dr. No (ch. 14),
        a favorite of James Bond (007)

From wine what sudden friendship springs?
      - John Gay, Fables (pt. II, fable 6)

It (wine) produces most of the bad effects of ardent spirits, as misused in our country, and is perhaps more insidious.
      - Horatio Greenough

Wine, though it possesses good qualities, was forbidden by the prophet, because it attacked reason.
      - Sa'd b. Muhammad Hais Bais

The blood that is once inflamed with wine is apt to boil with rage.
      - Joseph Hall

Although it is better to hide our ignorance, this is hard to do when we relax over wine.
      - Heraclitus of Ephesus

The wine in the bottell doth not quench thirst.
  [The wine in the bottle does not quench thirst.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

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

Wine makes all sorts of creatures at table.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

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