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.

A drunk man's words are a sober man's thoughts.     

Steve Fergosi

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald

What's drinking? A mere pause from thinking!     

Lord Byron

A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.     

Louis Pasteur

The problem with some people is that when they aren't drunk, they're sober.     

William Butler Yeats

Is the glass half full or half empty? It depends on whether you're pouring or drinking.     

Bill Cosby

They speak of my drinking, but never think of my thirst.     

Scottish Proverb

The chief reason for drinking is the desire to behave in a certain way, and to be able to blame it on alcohol.      

Mignon McLaughlin

I drink to make other people more interesting.     

Ernest Hemingway

It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend, one's present or future thirst, the excellence of the wine, or any other reason.     

Latin Proverb

Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third.     

Knute Rockne

Drink today, and drown all sorrow; You shall perhaps not do it tomorrow; Best, while you have it, use your breath; There is no drinking after death.     

Ben Jonson

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.     

Ernest Hemingway

The hard part about being a bartender is figuring out who is drunk and who is just stupid.     

Richard Braunstein

I know I should give up drinking; but I am not a quitter.     


Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.     


Drink washes off the daub and discovers the man.      

Thomas Fuller

Pouring out liquor is like burning books.     

William Faulkner

I distrust camels, and anyone else who can go a week without a drink.     

Joe E Ellis

An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.     

Ernest Hemingway

People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.     

Ann Landers

A man's true character comes out when he's drunk.     

Charlie Chaplin

Show me how you drink and I will tell you who you are.     

Emile Peynaud

It's just that I'd rather die of drink than of thirst.     

Ian Fleming

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

Robert Benchley

Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health.     

Thomas Jefferson

That is the remarkable thing about drinking: it brings people together so quickly, but between night and morning it sets an interval again of years.     

Erich Maria Remarque

He that drinks fast, pays slow.     

Benjamin Franklin

If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.     

Charles Bukowski

When the wine is in, the wit is out.     

Thomas Becon