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Drink does not drown care but waters it, and makes it grow faster.

—Benjamin Franklin, 1749

Abstainer, n. A weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.

—Ambrose Bierce, 1906

Drunkenness is the very sepulcher

Of man’s wit and his discretion.

—Geoffrey Chaucer, c. 1390

Whoever gulps down wine as a horse gulps down water is called a Scythian.

—Athenaeus, c. 230

Drink today and drown all sorrow;

You shall perhaps not do it tomorrow.

—John Fletcher, 1625

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

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

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

—Samuel Johnson, 1779

Give me chastity and continence, but not just now.

—Saint Augustine, 397

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

—William Wycherley, 1675

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

Alcohol is the monarch of liquids.

—Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 1825