Monday, June 2, 2008

Quotes: Drinking. Drugs. Duty.

The idea in bold-face print is a summary of the quote. The number after the topic is the page on which the quote was found.

Drinking 756 Drinking champagne restores momentarily the experience of Paradise. "Had they quaffed it [champagne], they would have experienced that brief delirium, whereby…man sought to recompense himself for the calm, lifelong joys which he had lost by his revolt from nature." Hawthorne: “The New Adam and Eve”

Drinking 106 An evening's drinking produces humanity; morning produces humans who are animals and conflict. "Drinking together in the evening we are human;/ When dawn comes, animals/ We rise up against each other." Antimedon. 1st century BC. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Drinking 88 I drink to make other people interesting. "I only drink to make other people seem more interesting." George Jean Nathan. Portable Curmudgeon.

Drinking 53 Drink to rejoice. "Good wine rejoiceth the heart of man." Latin. Dictionary of Foreign Terms

Drinking 58 Good wine enriches the blood. "Good wine makes good blood." Italian. Dictionary of Foreign Terms

Drinking 127 When one drinks, one tells the truth. "In wine there is truth." Greek. Dictionary of Foreign Terms

Drinking 272 On the frontier, he had brought barley to make beer for a fall celebration. "Tönseten had even bought half a sack of barley, a fact which he carefully concealed from his comrades…would be soon enough to tell them when the time came…the Trönders knew how to make good beer from barley, and he had received careful instruction from Tommaas…just wait till fall came around." Rölvaag, Giants in the Earth.

Drinking 96 The virtues of Prohibition. Vergil Gunch: "…you don’t want to forget Prohibition is a mighty good thing for the working classes; keeps ‘em from wasting their money and lowering their productiveness." Lewis, Babbitt.

Drinking 473 "...a dead afternoon in a dark bar was not the worst of fates." DeLillo, Underworld.

Drugs 384 "…Tomb of the Unknown Junkie…." DeLillo, Underworld.

Duty 88 "When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty." George Bernard Shaw. Portable Curmudgeon.

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