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If you were to ask me if I’d ever had the bad luck to miss my daily cocktail, I’d have to say that I doubt it; where certain things are concerned, I plan ahead.

—Luis Buñuel, 1983

The drunken man is a living corpse.

—St. John Chrysostom, c. 390

Give me chastity and continence, but not just now.

—Saint Augustine, 397

My advice to people today is as follows: if you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out.

—Timothy Leary, 1966

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.

—Herman Melville, 1851

Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations—wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.

—Edmund Burke, 1795

The pleasure we hold in esteem for the course of our lives ought to have a greater share of our time dedicated to it; we should refuse no occasion nor omit any opportunity of drinking, and always have it in our minds.

—Michel de Montaigne, 1580

As far as I can see, the history of experimental art in the twentieth century is intimately bound up with the experience of intoxification.

—Will Self, 1994

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

—Mitch Hedberg, 1999

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

—William Wycherley, 1675

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

Alcohol is the monarch of liquids.

—Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 1825

Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.

—Gore Vidal, 1981