Alcohol Sayings and Quotes

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

The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity. unknown
O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains! that we should, with joy, pleasance, revel, and applause, transform ourselves into beasts! William Shakespeare
First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
Alcohol impairs calcium absorption by affecting the liver's ability to activate vitamin D. Vitamin D is important in the metabolism of calcium. The more alcohol you drink, the more you hinder your body's ability to build up and maintain healthy bones. Harvey & Marilyn Diamond
There is this to be said in favor of drinking, that it takes the drunkard first out of society, then out of the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness. Seneca The Younger
Reality is an illusion created by a lack of alcohol. N.F. Simpson
When you stop drinking, you have to deal with this marvelous personality that started you drinking in the first place. Jimmy Breslin
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
Fill up the goblet and reach to me some! Drinking makes wise, but dry fasting makes glum. William R. Alger
No substance in nature, as far as yet known, has, when it reaches the brain, such power to induce mental and moral changes of a disastrous character as alcohol. Its transforming power is marvelous, and often appalling. It seems to open a way of entrance into the soul for all classes of foolish, insane or malignant spirits, who, so long as it remains in contact with the brain, are able to hold possession. Timothy Shay Arthur
The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature. William James
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. George Bernard Shaw
Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out 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. It's like killing yourself, and then you're reborn. I guess I've lived about ten or fifteen thousand lives now. Charles Bukowski
I would not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brains. William Shakespeare
Wine is bottled poetry. R L Stevenson
It is sad that people need alcohol to make them happy. Habeeb Akande
To a drinker the sensation is real and pure and akin to something spiritual: you seek; in the bottle, you find. Caroline Knapp
Drunkenness is temporary suicide: the happiness that it brings is merely negative, a momentary cessation of unhappiness. Bertrand Russell
Alcohol is the anaesthesia by which we endure the operation of life. George Bernard Shaw
Then trust me, there's nothing like drinking, So pleasant this side of the grave; It keeps the unhappy from thinking, And makes e'en the valiant more brave. Charles Dibdin
I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me. Winston Churchill
Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction. Bob Marley
When the wine is in, the wit is out. Thomas Becon
Alcohol doesn't console, it doesn't fill up anyone's psychological gaps, all it replaces is the lack of God. It doesn't comfort man. On the contrary, it encourages him in his folly, it transports him to the supreme regions where he is master of his own destiny. Marguerite Duras
Alcohol is barren. The words a man speaks in the night of drunkenness fade like the darkness itself at the coming of day. Marguerite Duras
Alcohol is necessary for a man so that he can have a good opinion of himself, undisturbed be the facts. Finley Peter Dunne
Wine makes a man better pleased with himself; I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others. Samuel Johnson
There is a devil in every berry of the grape. The Koran
Wine sets even a thoughtful man to singing, or sets him into softly laughing, sets him to dancing. Sometimes it tosses out a word that was better unspoken. Homer
I got sober. I stopped killing myself with alcohol. I began to think, 'Wait a minute— if I can stop doing this, what are the possibilities?' And slowly it dawned on me that it was maybe worth the risk. Craig Ferguison
I am glad now, at age sixty-six that I never used alcohol or tobacco. I've buried a lot of friends who used tobacco or alcohol. Jerry Falwell
You can't drown yourself in drink, I've tried; you float. John Barrymore
There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest than in all the alcohol ever distilled. Ovid
That's all drugs and alcohol do, they cut off your emotions in the end. Ringo Starr
A drunken man is fitly named; he has drunk, till he is drunken: the wine swallows his consciousness, and it sinks therein. Augustus William Hare And Julius Charles Hare
Liquor is such a nice substitute for facing adult life. Dorothy B. Hughes
Alcohol is a good preservative for everything but brains. Mary Pettibone Poole
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
Alcohol is like love; the first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine. After that, you just take the girl's clothes off. Raymond Chandler
And malt does more than Milton can / To justify God's ways to man / Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink / For fellows whom it hurts to think. A.E. Housman
Wine may well be considered the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages. Louis Pasteur
Whenever someone asks me if I want water with my scotch, I say I'm thirsty, not dirty. Joe E. Lewis
Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the Bible says love your enemy. Frank Sinatra
The really important things are said over cocktails and are never done. Peter F. Drucker
Beer is not a good cocktail-party drink, especially in a home where you don't know where the bathroom is. Billy Carter
Drunkenness is not a new vice. Its ravages have always been a scourge on the human race...Alcohol is a killer, a murderer. Billy Graham
Do not seek solace in alcohol. Alcohol obscures good judgement and leaves you unable t think clearly, or understand what God is trying to say to you. Billy Graham
Alcohol may be used for medicine, but it can also become a terrible drug. Billy Graham
Maybe alcohol picks you up a little bit, but it sure lets you down in a hurry. Betty Ford
Alcohol is like Photoshop for real life. Will Ferrell
Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake. W.C. Fields
The simple act of opening a bottle of wine has brought more happiness to the human race than all the collective governments in the history of the earth. Jim Harrison
I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade...And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka and have a party. Ron White
If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue. Samuel Butler
I never drink anything stronger than gin before breakfast. W.C. Fields
There are better things in life than alcohol, but alcohol makes up for not having them, Terry Pratchett
I like to have a martini, / Two at the very most. / After three I'm under the table, / After four I'm under my host. Dorothy Parker
Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet y mind and say something clever. Aristophanes
When the wine is out, the wit is out. English Proverb
I was so jazzed about sobering up and starting a new life, I had to stop at a bar to get a drink just to calm down. April Rhosed (Glee)