Gin Sayings and Quotes

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

My grammar be's ebonics, gin tonics, and chronic.     


It's a crooked system, but gin straight take the pain away.     


And the sooner the tea's out of the way, the sooner we can get out the gin, eh?     

Henry Reed

Follow your fate, and be satisfied with it, and be glad not to be a second-hand motor salesman, or a yellow-press journalist, pickled in gin and nicotine, or a cripple – or dead.     

Ian Fleming

The only time I ever enjoyed ironing was the day I accidentally got gin in the steam iron.      

Phyllis Diller

Tea instead of gin will warm the heart.     

Louise Bogan

The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth, and one of the shortest lived.     

Bernard DeVoto

The fun, joy, and humor dry up in a relationship when one of the partners is swimming in gin. To my way of thinking, it is selfishness personified to see life through the bottom of a liquor bottle.     

Ginger Rogers

It is all nonsense about not being able to work without ale, and gin, and cider, and fermented liquors. Do lions and cart-horses drink ale?     

Sydney Smith

A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose's lime juice and nothing else.     

Raymond Chandler

When a man who is drinking neat gin starts talking about his mother he is past all argument.     

C.S. Forester

Whether it's the cotton gin or the Internet, we've added value by innovating. Innovation and free trade have served us very well.     

Rick White

Gin for executions, beer for birthdays, wine for weddings.     

P.J. Wolfson

Fortunately there is gin, the sole glimmer in this darkness. Do you feel the golden, copper-coloured light it kindles in you? I like walking through the city of an evening in the warmth of gin.     

Albert Camus

The wages of gin is debt.     

Ethel Mumford

You'd learn more about the world by lying on the couch and drinking gin out of a bottle than by watching the news.     

Garrison Keillor

Art for art's sake makes no more sense than gin for gin's sake.     

W. Somerset Maugham

Most cocktails containing liquor are made today with gin and ingenuity. In brief, take an ample supply of the former and use your imagination. For the benefit of a minority, it is courteous to serve chilled fruit juice in addition to cocktails made with liquor.     

Irma S. Rombauer

Jealousy is a gin which we set to catch serpents, but which, as soon as we have caught them, sting us. Like the fool, that finding a box of poison, tastes, and is poisoned indeed.     

Owen Feltham

The gin and tonic has saved more Englishman's lives and minds than all the doctors in the Empire.     

Winston Churchill

For gin, in cruel sober truth, supplies the fuel for flaming youth.     

Noel Coward

To endure the pain of living, we all drug ourselves more or less with gin, with literature, with superstitions, with romance, with idealism, political, sentimental, and moral, with every possible preparation of that universal hashish: imagination.     

George Bernard Shaw

A perfect martini should be made by filling a glass with gin then waving it in the general direction of Italy.     

Noel Coward

To the question, "When were your spirits at the lowest ebb?" the obvious answer seemed to be, "When the gin gave out."     

Francis Chichester

The whole world is strewn with snares, traps, gins and pitfalls for the capture of men by women.     

George Bernard Shaw

A good heavy book holds you down. It's an anchor that keeps you from getting up and having another gin and tonic.     

Roy Blount, Jr.

[Gin has produced] … a drunken ungovernable set of people.      

Thomas Wilson

There's a sort of movement that says that when classics are bypassed, they can become cool again. That's what's happening to gin. It's part of the whole retro cocktail culture.     

Richard Brandes

A lonely man is a lonesome thing, a stone, a bone, a stick, a receptacle for Gilbey's gin, a stooped figure sitting at the edge of a hotel bed, heaving copious sighs like the autumn wind.     

John Cheever

There's truth in wine, and there may be some in gin and muddy beer; but whether it's truth worth my knowing, is another question.     

George Eliot

Any man can become rich who is base enough to keep a brothel, a gin palace, or a gambling house.     

Charles William Day

I have seen my kid struggle into the kitchen in the morning with outfits that need only one accessory: an empty gin bottle.     

Erma Bombeck