Drinking Sayings and Quotes

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

Drinking makes uninteresting people matter less and late at night, matter not at all.     

Lillian Hellman

If drinking is interfering with your work, you're probably a heavy drinker. If work is interfering with your drinking, you're probably an alcoholic.     


What's drinking? A mere pause from thinking!     

George Gordon

Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it's compounding a felony.     

Robert Benchley

I feel bad for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.     

Frank Sinatra

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

Jimmy Breslin

Drinking makes the mind go sober.     


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

I drink to make other people interesting.     

George Jean Nathan

Drinking is a way of ending the day.     

Ernest Hemingway

It's solitary drinking that makes drunkards.     

Nathanael West

Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough.     

Mark Twain

I've never understood people who just go out for one drink. Once I have one drink, I want all the drinks.     

Vicki Lesage

Drinking coffee is like drinking an inverse yawn. I prefer mine with two spoonfuls of ?I?m listening.?     

Jarod Kintz

Drinking intensifies all your pressures and your needs.     

Desi Arnaz

You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning.     

Celia Rivenbark

There cannot be good living where there is no good drinking.     

Benjamin Franklin

The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learned to like it.     

Winston Churchill

The point of drinking in moderation is that sometimes you don't drink in moderation.     

Artie Lange

It's not the drinking to be blamed, but the excess.     

John Selden

Drinking habits were very prevalent among men, and were not in any way disgraceful, unless excessive.     

Catherine Helen Spence

I envy people who drink. At least they have something to blame everything on.     

Oscar Levant

Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism 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.     

Charles Bukowski

In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.     

Benjamin Franklin

After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.     

Oscar Wilde

For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Responsible Drinking? Now that's an Oxymoron.     

Aaron Howard

Drink moderately, for drunkenness neither keeps a secret, nor observes a promise.     

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

I must entreat you to be scrupulous in the use of strong liquors. One night's drunkenness may defeat the labours of forty days well employed.     


One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.     

Samuel Johnson