Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.
– Benjamin Franklin
No nation is drunken where wine is cheap; and none sober, where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage. It is, in truth, the only antidote to the bane of whiskey.
– Thomas Jefferson
The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust.
“Drink to me only with thine eyes
And I will pledge with mine;
or leave a kiss but in the cup,
And I’ll not look for wine”
– Ben Jonson to Celia
To happy convents, bosomed deep in vines,
Where slumber abbots, purple as their wines.
– Alexander Pope
There’s nothing serious in mortality.
All is but toys; renown and grace is dead.
The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees
Is left this vault to brag of.
– William Shakespeare
Bacchus we thank who gave us wine
Which warms the blood within our veins;
That nectar is itself divine.
The man who drinks not, yet attains
By godly grace to human rank
Would be an angel if he drank.
– Pierre Motin
These laid the world away; poured out the red
Sweet wine of youth; gave up the years to be.
Of work and joy, and that unhoped serene,
That men call age; and those who would have been,
Their sons, they gave, their immortality.
– Rupert Brooke
Wine gives great pleasure; and every pleasure is of itself a good.
It is a good, unless counterbalanced by evil.
– Samuel Johnson
I beg you come tonight and dine
A welcome waits you and sound wine
The Roederer chilly to a charm
As Juno’s breasts the claret warm.
– T. B. Aldrich
I like the best wine drunk at the cost of others.
– Diogenes the Cynic
He who loves not wine, women, and song remains a fool his whole life long.
– Martin Luther
Up to the age of forty eating is beneficial. After forty, drinking.
– The Talmud
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.
– The Proverbs, 20:1
Over the wine-dark sea.
– Homer (Iliad, I. 350)
It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relax over wine.
Knowledge enormous makes a God of me.
Names, deeds, gray legends, dire events, rebellions,
Majesties, sovran voices, agonies,
Creations and destroyings, all at once
Pour into the wide hollows of my brain,
And deify me, as if some blithe wine
Or bright elixir peerless I had drunk,
And so become immortal.
– John Keats 1795 – 1821
Upon the first goblet he read this inscription, monkey wine; upon the second, lion wine; upon the third, sheep wine; upon the fourth, swine wine. These four inscriptions expressed the four descending degrees of drunkenness: the first, that which enlivens; the second, that which irritates; the third, that which stupefies; finally the last, that which brutalizes.
– Victor Hugo 1802 – 1885
I tasted – careless – then –
I did not know the Wine
Came once a World – Did you?
Oh, had you told me so –
This Thirst would blister – easier – now.
– Emily Dickinson
I have eaten your bread and salt.
I have drunk your water and wine.
The deaths ye died I have watched beside
And the lives ye led were mine.
– Rudyard Kipling
Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
– William Butler Yeats
I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. – Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs)
I never drink wine. – Count Dracula (Dracula)
Oh, we could give it a try. I’ll bring the wine, you bring your scarred psyche. – Chase (Batman Forever)
Mr. Alexander: Try the wine! – Alexander (A Clockwork Orange)
God knows what you’ve unleashed on the unsuspecting South. It’ll be wine, women, and song all the way with Ringo when he gets the taste for it. – Norm (A Hard Day’s Night)