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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

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

—Hipponax, c. 550 BC

Moderation in all things.

—Terence, 166 BC

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

That which the sober man keeps in his breast, the drunken man lets out at the lips. Astute people, when they want to ascertain a man’s true character, make him drunk.

—Martin Luther, 1569

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

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

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

—Samuel Johnson, 1779

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

As he brews, so shall he drink.

—Ben Jonson, 1598

Alcohol is the monarch of liquids.

—Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 1825

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

—William Wycherley, 1675