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The produce of the vineyards has not failed everywhere, Ovidius. The heavy rains have been productive. Coranus made up a hundred jars by means of the water.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. IX, ep. 98)

O ye princes and rulers, how exceeding strong is wine! It causeth all men to err that drink it; It maketh the mind of the king and the beggar to be all one, of the bondman and the freeman, of the poor man and of the rich; it turneth also every thought into jollity and mirth, so that a man remembereth neither sorrow nor debt; it changeth and elevateth the spirits, and enliveneth the heavy hearts of the miserable; it maketh a man forget his brethren, and draw his sword against his best friends.
      - Masonic Manual

No man is genuinely happy, married, who has to drink worse whiskey than he used to drink when he was single.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Bacchus, that first from out the purple grape,
  Crushed the sweet poison of misused wine.
      - John Milton, Comus (II, 46)

Where there is a wine-shop, there are the elements of disease and the frightful source of all that is at enmity with the interests of the workmen.
      - Charles Forbes Montalembert

If with water you fill up your glasses,
  You'll never write anything wise;
    For wine is the horse of Parnassus,
      Which hurries a bard to the skies.
      - Thomas Moore

O Roman punch! O potent Curacoa!
  O Maraschino! Maraschino O!
    Delicious drams! Why have you not the art
      To kill this gnawing Book-worm in my heart?
      - Thomas Moore, Twopenny Post Bag

Drinking of wine maketh men to act like so many furies.
      - Nathaniel Morton

Wine maketh a man act like an ass in a rich pasture.
      - ud-Din Zahir Muhammad ("Babur")

I hold to the utter abandonment of the use as a beverage of distilled and fermented liquors of every sort, especially of wines, whether having much or little alcohol in them.
      - Eliphalet Nott

Wine stimulates the mind and makes it quick with heat; care flees and is dissolved in much drink.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (bk. I, 237)

Wine is a cunning wrestler.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

This is the great evil in wine, it first seizes the feet; it is a cunning wrestler.
  [Lat., Magnum hoc vitium vino est,
    Pedes captat primum; luctator dolosu est.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Pseudolus
         (act V, 1, 5)

Wine maketh the band quivering, the eye watery, the night unquiet, lewd dreams, a stinking breath in the morning, and an utter forgetfulness of all things.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

Wine takes away reason, engenders insanity, leads to thousands of crimes, and imposes such an enormous expense on nations.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

It has passed into a proverb, that wisdom is overshadowed by wine.
  [Lat., In proverbium cessit, sapientiam vino adumbrari.]
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus),
        Historia Naturalis (XXIII, 23, 1)

It has become quite a common proverb that in wine there is truth.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus),
        Natural History (bk. XIV, sec. XIV)

There is never the body of a man, how strong and stout soever, if it be troubled and inflamed, but will take more harm and offense by wine being poured into it.
      - Plutarch

Wine is an abomination.
      - Ptahhotep

I do not drink more than a sponge.
  [Fr., Je ne boy en plus qu'une esponge.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Gargantua
         (bk. I, ch. XLII)

We care not for money, riches, nor wealth;
  Old sack is our money, old sack is our wealth.
      - Thomas Randolph, The Praise of Old Sack

Wine intoxicates for a time, but the end is bitterness.
      - Rachel Russell (Lady Russell)

Wine invents nothing; it only tattles.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Wine tells nothing, it only tattles.
  [Ger., Der Wein erfindet nichts, er schwatzt's nur aus.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Piccolomini (IV, 7, 42)

Wine kindles wrath.
  [Lat., Vinum incendit iram.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), De Ira
         (bk. II, 19)

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