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Moderation in all things.

—Terence, 166 BC

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

—Athenaeus, c. 230

Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need—a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.

—Jerome K. Jerome, 1889

Give me chastity and continence, but not just now.

—Saint Augustine, 397

Drink today and drown all sorrow;

You shall perhaps not do it tomorrow.

—John Fletcher, 1625

Sobriety diminishes, discriminates, and says no; drunkenness expands, unites, and says yes.

—William James, 1902

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

—William Wycherley, 1675

I have sometimes thought that the laws ought not to punish those actions of evil which are committed when the senses are steeped in intoxication.

—Walt Whitman, 1842

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

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

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

People who’ve drunk neat wine don’t care a damn.

—Hipponax, c. 550 BC

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.

—Herman Melville, 1851