Alcohol Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old alcohol quotes, alcohol sayings, and alcohol proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity.

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O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains! that we should, with joy, pleasance, revel, and applause, transform ourselves into beasts!

William Shakespeare

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

Alcohol impairs calcium absorption by affecting the liver's ability to activate vitamin D. Vitamin D is important in the metabolism of calcium. The more alcohol you drink, the more you hinder your body's ability to build up and maintain healthy bones.

Harvey & Marilyn Diamond

There is this to be said in favor of drinking, that it takes the drunkard first out of society, then out of the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.

Seneca The Younger

Reality is an illusion created by a lack of alcohol.

N.F. Simpson

When you stop drinking, you have to deal with this marvelous personality that started you drinking in the first place.     

Jimmy Breslin

It's like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don't know where you're going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It's like the throw of the dice.     

Jim Morrison

Fill up the goblet and reach to me some! Drinking makes wise, but dry fasting makes glum.

William R. Alger

No substance in nature, as far as yet known, has, when it reaches the brain, such power to induce mental and moral changes of a disastrous character as alcohol. Its transforming power is marvelous, and often appalling. It seems to open a way of entrance into the soul for all classes of foolish, insane or malignant spirits, who, so long as it remains in contact with the brain, are able to hold possession.     

Timothy Shay Arthur

The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature.     

William James

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.

George Bernard Shaw

Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of everyday life, out of everything being the same. It yanks you out of your body and your mind and throws you against the wall. I have the feeling that drinking is a form of suicide where you're allowed to return to life and begin all over the next day. It's like killing yourself, and then you're reborn. I guess I've lived about ten or fifteen thousand lives now.     

Charles Bukowski

I would not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brains.

William Shakespeare

Wine is bottled poetry.

R L Stevenson

It is sad that people need alcohol to make them happy.

Habeeb Akande

To a drinker the sensation is real and pure and akin to something spiritual: you seek; in the bottle, you find.     

Caroline Knapp

Drunkenness is temporary suicide: the happiness that it brings is merely negative, a momentary cessation of unhappiness.     

Bertrand Russell

Alcohol is the anaesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.     

George Bernard Shaw

Then trust me, there's nothing like drinking, So pleasant this side of the grave; It keeps the unhappy from thinking, And makes e'en the valiant more brave.

Charles Dibdin

I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.     

Winston Churchill

Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.     

Bob Marley

When the wine is in, the wit is out.

Thomas Becon

Alcohol doesn't console, it doesn't fill up anyone's psychological gaps, all it replaces is the lack of God. It doesn't comfort man. On the contrary, it encourages him in his folly, it transports him to the supreme regions where he is master of his own destiny.     

Marguerite Duras

Alcohol is barren. The words a man speaks in the night of drunkenness fade like the darkness itself at the coming of day.     

Marguerite Duras

Alcohol is necessary for a man so that he can have a good opinion of himself, undisturbed be the facts.     

Finley Peter Dunne

Wine makes a man better pleased with himself; I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others.

Samuel Johnson

There is a devil in every berry of the grape.

The Koran

Wine sets even a thoughtful man to singing, or sets him into softly laughing, sets him to dancing. Sometimes it tosses out a word that was better unspoken.

The Odyssey (Homer)

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