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A vine bears three grapes--the first of pleasure, the second of drunkenness, and the third of repentance.
The first draught a man drinks ought to be for thirst, the second for nourishment, the third for pleasure, the fourth for madness.
Your friends avoid you, brutishly transform'd
They hardly know you, or if one remains
To wish you well, he wishes you in heaven.
- John Armstrong
Drunkenness is a flattering devil, a sweet poison, a pleasant sin, which whosoever hath hath not himself; which whosoever doth commit doth not commit sin, but he himself is wholly sin.
- Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)
Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou makest look on their nakedness!
- Bible, Habakkuk (ch. II, v. 15)
Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
- Bible, Isaiah (ch. V, v. 11)
Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
- Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXIII, v. 20-21)
Man with raging drink inflam'd,
Is far more savage and untamed;
Supplies his loss of wit and sense
With barb'rousness and insolence;
Believes himself, the less he's able
The more heroic and formidable.
- Samuel Butler (1)
'Tis pity wine should be so deleterious,
For tea and coffee leave us much more serious.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)
I think a man ought to get drunk at least twice a year just on principle, so he won't let himself get snotty about it.
- Raymond Chandler
There is scarcely a crime before me that is not directly or indirectly caused by strong drink.
- John Duke Coleridge, F.R.S.
Intemperance is a dangerous companion. It throws many people off their guard, betrays them to a great many indecencies, to ruinous passions, to disadvantages in fortune; makes them discover secrets, drive foolish bargains, engage in play, and often to stagger from the tavern to the stews.
- Jeremy Collier
Drunkenness is the vice of a good constitution or of a bad memory--of a constitution so treacherously good that it never bends till it breaks; or of a memory that recollects the pleasures of getting intoxicated, but forgets the pains of getting sober.
- Charles Caleb Colton
The secret of drunkenness is, that it insulates us in thought, whilst it unites us in feeling.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
If a man's innate self-respect will not save him from habitual, disgusting intoxication, all the female influences in the universe would not avail. Man's will, like woman's, is stronger than the affection, and, once subjugated by vice, all eternal influences will be futile.
- Augusta Evans
Thirst teaches all animals to drink, but drunkenness belongs only to man.
- Henry Fielding
Some of the domestic evils of drunkenness are houses without windows, gardens without fences, fields without tillage, barns without roofs, children without clothing, principles, morals or manners.
- Benjamin Franklin
The drunkard forfeits man and doth divest
All wordly right, save what he hath by beast.
- George Herbert
The young man who thinks he can drink "just a little" because others do, and not be in danger of a drunkard's grave, should look around him to the fearful examples to be found on the streets of every large city and many small ones. Even if you succeed in keeping within the limits of "moderate drinking" your example to those who are unfortunately not so, strong-willed should ever be borne in mind. Help the weaker brother. Think not of self alone. Remember the Golden Rule.
- George David Read Hubbard
If merely "feeling good" could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.
- William James
The habit of using ardent spirits by men in office has occasioned more injury to the public, and more trouble to me, than all other causes. Were I to commence my administration again, the first question I would ask respecting a candidate for office would be, Does he use ardent spirits?
- Thomas Jefferson
Habitual intoxication is the epitome of every crime.
- Douglas William Jerrold
I believe, if we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and their hearts will bear an advantageous comparison with those of any other class.
- Abraham Lincoln
You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.
- Dean Martin
All excess is ill, but drunkenness is of the worst sort. It spoils health, dismounts the mind, and unmans men. It reveals secrets, is quarrelsome, lascivious, impudent, dangerous and bad.
- William Penn
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