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What does drunkenness accomplish? It discloses secrets, it ratifies hopes, and urges even the unarmed to battle. [Lat., Quid non ebrietas designat? Operta recludit; Spes jubet esse ratas; in praelia trudit inermem.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Epistles (I, 5, 16)

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He that is drunken . . . Is outlawed by himself; all kind of ill Did with his liquor slide into his veins.

George Herbert Quotes , Source: The Temple--The Church Porch (st. 6)

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Beware the deadly fumes of that insane elation Which rises from the cup of mad impiety, And go, get drunk with that divine intoxication Which is more sober far than all sobriety.

William R. Alger Quotes , Source: Oriental Poetry--The Sober Drunkenness

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Man, being reasonable, must get drunk; The best of life is but intoxication: Glory, the grape, love, gold, in these are sunk The hopes of all men and of every nation; Without their sap, how branchless were the trunk Of life's strange tree, so fruitful on occasion: But to return,--Get very drunk; and when You wake with headache, you shall see what then.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Don Juan (canto II, st. 179)

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A sensual and intemperate youth hands over a worn-out body to old age. [Lat., Libidinosa etenim et intemperans adolescentia effoetum corpus tradit senectuti.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: De Senectute (IX)

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Ha! see where the wild-blazing Grog-Shop appears, As the red waves of wretchedness swell, How it burns on the edge of tempestuous years The horrible Light-House of Hell!

M'Donald Clarke ("The Mad Poet") Quotes , Source: The Rum Hole

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All learned, and all drunk!

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Task (bk. IV, l. 478)

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Gloriously drunk, obey the important call.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Task (bk. IV, l. 510)

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He calls drunkenness an expression identical with ruin.

Laertius Diogenes Quotes , Source: Lives of the Philosophers--Pythagoras (VI)

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Then hasten to be drunk, the business of the day.

John Dryden Quotes , Source: Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 407)

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Petition me no petitions, Sir, to-day; Let other hours be set apart for business, To-day it is our pleasure to be drunk; And this our queen shall be as drunk as we.

Henry Fielding Quotes , Source: Tom Thumb the Great (act I, sc. 2)

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Shall I, to please another wine-sprung minde, Lose all mine own? God hath giv'n me a measure Short of His can and body; must I find A pain in that, wherein he finds a pleasure?

George Herbert Quotes , Source: The Temple--The Church Porch (st. 7)

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Touch the goblet no more! It will make thy heart sore To its very core!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Christus--The Golden Legend (pt. I)

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Soon as the potion works, their human count'nance, Th' express resemblance of the gods, is chang'd Into some bruitish form of wolf or bear, Or ounce or tiger, hog, or bearded goat, All other parts remaining as they were; And they, so perfect in their misery, Not once perceive their foul disfigurement.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Comus (l. 64)

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. . . And when night Darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 500)

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In vain I trusted that the flowing bowl Would banish sorrow, and enlarge the soul. To the late revel, and protracted feast, Wild dreams succeeded, and disorder'd rest.

Matthew Prior Quotes , Source: Solomon (bk. II, l. 106)

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Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness. [Lat., Nihil aliud est ebrietas quam voluntaria insania.]

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) Quotes , Source: Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (LXXXIII)

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O monstrous! but one halfpennyworth of bread to this intolerable deal of sack!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Prince Henry at II, iv)

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(King Ferdinand:) In love, I hope--sweet fellowship in shame! (Berowne:) One drunkard loves another of the name.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Love's Labor's Lost (King Ferdinand & Berowne at IV, iii)

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Boundless intemperance In nature is a tyranny. It hath been Th' untimely emptying of the happy throne And fall of many kings.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Macbeth (Macduff at IV, iii)

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In honest plainness thou hast heard me say My daughter is not for thee; and now, in madness, Being full of supper and distemp'ring draughts, Upon malicious knavery does thou come To start my quiet.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Brabantio at I, i)

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I remember a mass of things, but nothing distinctly; a quarrel, but nothing wherefore. 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 Quotes , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Cassio at II, iii)

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I will ask him for my place again: he shall tell me I am a drunkard! Had I as many mouths as Hydra, such an answer would stop them all. To be now a sensible man, by and by a fool, and presently a beast! O strange! Every inordinate cup is unblest, and the ingredient is a devil.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Cassio at II, iii)

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I told you, sir, they were redhot with drinking; So full of valor that they smote the air For breathing in their faces, beat the ground, For kissing of their feet; yet always bending Towards their project.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Tempest (Ariel at IV, i)

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(Olivia:) What's a drunken man like, fool? (Clown:) Like a drowned man, a fool, and a madman. One draught above heat makes him a fool, the seconds mads him, and a third drowns him.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Olivia & Clown at I, v)

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