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Alcohol is the monarch of liquids.

—Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 1825

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

—Samuel Johnson, 1779

Moderation in all things.

—Terence, 166 BC

Sex and drugs and rock and roll.

—Ian Dury, 1977

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

To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings; we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning, understanding, and explanation.

—Oliver Sacks, 2012

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

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

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

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

—Benjamin Franklin, 1749

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

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

—Ambrose Bierce, 1906