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Alcohol And Alcoholism Quotes

Don't you drink? I notice you speak slightingly of the bottle. I have drunk since I was fifteen and few things have given me more pleasure. When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky? When you are cold and wet what else can warm you? Before an attack who can say anything that gives you the momentary well-being that rum does? The only time it isn't good for you is when you write or when you fight. You have to do that cold. But it always helps my shooting. Modern life, too, is often a mechanical oppression and liquor is the only mechanical relief.

Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)

Profession: American Writer

Drink not the third glass, which thou canst not tame, when once it is within thee.

Author: George Herbert (1593-1632)

Profession: British Metaphysical Poet

Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think.

Author: A. E. Housman (1859-1936)

Profession: British Poet, Classical Scholar

Malt does more than Milton can to justify God's ways to man.

Author: A. E. Housman (1859-1936)

Profession: British Poet, Classical Scholar

They who drink beer will think beer.

Author: Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Profession: American Author

If merely ''feeling good'' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.

Author: William James (1842-1910)

Profession: American Psychologist, Professor, Author

The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour. Sobriety diminishes, discriminates, and says no; drunkenness expands, unites, and says yes.

Author: William James (1842-1910)

Profession: American Psychologist, Professor, Author

There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

There are some sluggish men who are improved by drinking; as there are fruits that are not good until they are rotten.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Even though a number of people have tried, no one has ever found a way to drink for a living.

Author: Jean Kerr (1923)

Profession: American Author, Playwright

Drink! for you know not whence you came nor why: drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.

Author: Omar Khayyam (1048-1131)

Profession: Persian Astronomer, Poet

There is a devil in every berry of the grape.

Author: The Koran

Profession: Islamic Religious Bible

A few years back I was more a candidate for skid row bum than an Emmy. If I hadn't stopped [drinking], I'd be playing handball with John Belushi right now.

Author: John Larroquette (1947)

Profession: American Actor

My experience through life has convinced me that, while moderation and temperance in all things are commendable and beneficial, abstinence from spirituous liquors is the best safeguard of morals and health.

Author: Robert E. Lee (1807-1870)

Profession: American Confederate Army Commander