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Drunkenness is the very sepulcher / Of man’s wit and his discretion.

—Geoffrey Chaucer, c. 1390

Drink today and drown all sorrow; / You shall perhaps not do it tomorrow.

—John Fletcher, 1625

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

—Hipponax, c. 550 BC

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

Give me chastity and continence, but not just now.

—Saint Augustine, 397

Moderation in all things.

—Terence, 166 BC

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

—Samuel Johnson, 1779

An old man is twice a child, and so is a drunken man.

—Plato, c. 360 BC

Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.

—Gore Vidal, 1981

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

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

—Mitch Hedberg, 1999

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