Drinking & Food Quotes

“Do not drink more than two or three times during the meal, and wipe your lips with a napkin after each sip, especially if a common drinking-cup is used.”
Desiderius Erasmus (1466? - 1536)

“To be always intending to live a new life, but never find time to set about it -- this is as if a man should put off eating and drinking from one day to another till he be starved and destroyed.”
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

“I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking: I could well wish courtesy would invent some other custom of entertainment.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) 'Othello'

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

"The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind."
Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957)

"I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well made."
James Bond, 'Casino Royale'

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

"An alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks as much as you do."
Dylan Thomas

"Not all men who drink are poets. Some of us drink because we aren't poets."

"I am as drunk as a lord, but then, I am one, so what does it matter?"
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

"Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why; Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where."
Omar Khayyam (1048-1131 A.D.)

"I don't drink; I don't like it -- it makes me feel good."
Oscar Levant

"Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable."
G.K. Chesterton(1874-1936)

"Now is the time for drinking, now is the time to beat the earth with unfettered foot."
Horace, Roman lyric poet (65 -8 B.C.)

"Drinking is in reality an occupation which employs a considerable portion of the time of many people; and to conduct it in the most rational and agreeable manner is one of the great arts of living."
James Boswell (1740-1795)

"There are two reasons for drinking: one is, when you are thirsty, to cure it; the other when you are thirsty, to prevent it....Prevention is better than cure."
Thomas Love Peacock, English author (1785-1866)

“Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.”
Bible, Proverbs 31:6-7

“Drink to nobody that you think is better than yourself.”
Hannah Woolley, 17th-century etiquette expert
'Guide to ladies, gentlewomen and maids'


“I love drinking now and then. It defecates the standing pool of thought. A man perpetually in the paroxysm and fears of inebriety is like a half-drowned stupid wretch condemned to labor unceasingly in water; but a now-and-then tribute to Bacchus is like the cold bath, bracing and invigorating.”
Robert Burns (1759-1796) Scottish Poet

“Without the assistance of eating and drinking, the most sparkling wit would be as heavy as a bad souffle, and the brightest talent as dull as a looking-glass on a foggy day.”
Alexis Soyer 19th century French chef
‘The Modern Housewife’ (1851)


“Skiing consists of wearing $3,000 worth of clothes and equipment and driving 200 miles in the snow in order to stand around at a bar and drink.”
P.G. Wodehouse

“Eat not to dullness, drink not to elevation.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)


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