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

- Ambrose Bierce, 1906

Alcohol is the monarch of liquids.

- Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 1825

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

- Athenaeus, c. 230

As he brews, so shall he drink.

- Ben Jonson, 1598

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

- Benjamin Franklin, 1749

There are two things that will be believed of any man whatsoever, and one of them is that he has taken to drink.

- Booth Tarkington, 1914

Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations—wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.

- Edmund Burke, 1795

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

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

Modern life is often a mechanical oppression, and liquor is the only mechanical relief.

- Ernest Hemingway, 1935

Drunkenness is the very sepulcher

Of man’s wit and his discretion.

- Geoffrey Chaucer, c. 1390

Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.

- Gore Vidal, 1981

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.

- Herman Melville, 1851