- Drink.—Woe unto them that rise up
early in the morning, that they may
follow strong drink.—Isaiah 5:11.
- All excess is ill, but drunkenness is
of the worst sort. It spoils health,
dismounts the mind, and unmans men. It reveals secrets, is quarrelsome,
lascivious, impudent, dangerous and mad. He that is drunk is not a man,
because he is, for so long, void of reason that distinguishes a man
a beast.—William Penn.
- Some of the domestic evils of
drunkenness are houses without windows,
gardens without fences, fields without tillage, barns without roofs,
without clothing, principles, morals or manners.—Franklin.
- Drunkenness is the vice of a good
constitution or of a bad memory—of
a constitution so treacherously good that it never bends till it
or of a memory that recollects the pleasures of getting intoxicated,
forgets the pains of getting sober.—Colton.
- Habitual intoxication is the epitome
of every crime.—Douglas Jerrold.
- O thou invisible spirit of wine, if
thou hast no name to be known by,
let us call thee—devil! * * * O, that men should put an enemy to their
mouths to steal away their brains; that we should, with joy, revel,
and applause, transform ourselves into beasts!—Shakespeare.
- Every inordinate cup is unbless'd,
and the ingredient is a devil.—Shakespeare.
- It were better for a man to be
subject to any vice, than to drunkenness:
for all other vanities and sins are recovered, but a drunkard will
shake off the delight of beastliness.—Sir Walter Raleigh.
- Man has evil as well as good
qualities peculiar to himself. Drunkenness
places him as much below the level of the brutes as reason elevates him
above them.—Sir G. Sinclair.
- Of all vices take heed of
drunkenness; other vices are but fruits of
disordered affections—this disorders, nay, banishes reason; other vices
but impair the soul—this demolishes her two chief faculties, the
and the will; other vices make their own way—this makes way for all
he that is a drunkard is qualified for all vice.—Quarles.
- There is scarcely a crime before me
that is not directly or indirectly
caused by strong drink.—Judge Coleridge.
- Beware of drunkenness, lest all good
men beware of thee; where drunkenness
reigns, there reason is an exile, virtue a stranger, God an enemy;
is wit, oaths are rhetoric, and secrets are proclamations.—Quarles.