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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

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

—Plato, c. 360 BC

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

—Benjamin Franklin, 1749

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

—Samuel Johnson, 1779

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

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

—Ambrose Bierce, 1906

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

—William Wycherley, 1675

The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge. And I knew we’d get into that rotten stuff pretty soon. Probably at the next gas station.

—Hunter S. Thompson, 1971

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

—Athenaeus, c. 230

The drunken man is a living corpse.

—St. John Chrysostom, c. 390

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

I am sure of this: that if everybody was to drink their bottle a day, there would not be half the disorders in the world there are now.

—Jane Austen, c. 1798

Life isn’t all beer and skittles, but beer and skittles, or something better of the same sort, must form a good part of every Englishman’s education.

—Thomas Hughes, 1857