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“I never drink anything stronger than gin before breakfast.”
"They all thought she was dead; but my father he kept ladling gin down her throat till she came to so sudden that she bit the bowl off the spoon."
George Bernard Shaw, ‘Pygmalion’ (1913)
“Gin-drinking is a great vice in England, but wretchedness and dirt are a greater; and until you improve the homes of the poor, or persuade a half-famished wretch not to seek relief in the temporary oblivion of his own misery, with the pittance which divided among his family would furnish a morsel of bread for each, gin-shops will increase in number and splendour.”
Charles Dickens in 'Sketches By Boz’ (1837)
“For gin, in cruel
Supplies the fuel
For flaming youth.”
Noel Coward (1899-1973)
English actor and playwright
“....I decided I was a lemon for a couple of weeks. I kept myself amused all that time jumping in and out of a gin and tonic....I found a small lake that thought is was a gin and tonic, and jumped in and out of that. At least, I think it thought it was a gin and tonic.”
Ford Prefect in 'Life, The Universe and Everything'(1982) Douglas Adams
“I'm not sure ginseng is any better for you or me than a carrot, but just in case the Chinese are right, I grow it in my garden. I stick a root in a jug of gin and call it Old Duke's Gin and Ginseng.”
James Duke, USDA botanist, as quoted in The Wall Street Journal
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