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I am sure of this: that if everybody was to drink their bottle a day, there would not be half the disorders in the world there are now.

—Jane Austen, c. 1798

Thanks be to God: since my leaving drinking of wine, I do find myself much better and do mind my business better, and do spend less money, and less time lost in idle company.

—Samuel Pepys, 1662

Modern life is often a mechanical oppression, and liquor is the only mechanical relief.

—Ernest Hemingway, 1935

Sex and drugs and rock and roll.

—Ian Dury, 1977

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.

—Herman Melville, 1851

There was a great deal of drinking among us but little drunkenness. We all seemed to feel that Prohibition was a personal affront and that we had a moral duty to undermine it.

—Elizabeth Anderson, 1969

The drunken man is a living corpse.

—St. John Chrysostom, c. 390

Moderation in all things.

—Terence, 166 BC

I mean, why on earth (outside sickness and hangovers) aren’t people continually drunk? I want ecstasy of the mind all the time.

—Jack Kerouac, 1957

I used to do drugs. I still do, but I used to, too.

—Mitch Hedberg, 1999

It is impossible to live pleasurably without living wisely, well, and justly, and impossible to live wisely, well, and justly without living pleasurably.

—Epicurus, c. 300 BC

Drinking with women is as unnatural as scolding with ’em.

—William Wycherley, 1675

A true German can’t stand the French,

Yet willingly he drinks their wines.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1832