The thirst that from the soul doth rise,
Doth ask a drink divine;
But might I of Jove's nectar sup,
I would not change for thine.
Quotes , Source: The Forest--To Celia
To the old, long life and treasure;
To the young, all health and pleasure.
Quotes , Source: Metamorphosed Gipsies--Third Song
A glass is good, and a lass is good,
And a pipe to smoke in cold weather;
The world is good and the people are good,
And we're all good fellows together.
Quotes , Source: Sprigs of Laurel (act II, sc. 1)
The wind that blows, the ship that goes
And the lass the loves a sailor.
Old English Saying
Quotes , Source: Popular Toast, used in England about 1820
May your glass be ever full
May the roof over your head be always strong,
And may you be in heaven
Half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.
Old Irish Saying
Quotes , Source: Irish drinking toast
There's a health to poverty; it sticks by us when all friends
Quotes , Source: a toast given in the "Boston Bee"
Here's a health to all those that we love,
Here's a health to all those that love us,
Here's a health to all those that love them that love those
That love them that love those that love us.
Quotes , Source: Old Toast
Here's a health to you and yours who have done such things for us
And when we and ours have it in our powers to do for you and
yours what you and yours have done for us and ours,
Then we and ours will do for you and yours what you and yours
have done for us and ours.
Quotes , Source: Old Toast
Here's to you, as good as you are,
And here's to me, as bad as I am;
But as good as you are, and as bad as I am,
I am as good as your are, as bad as I am.
Old Scotch Saying
Quotes , Source: Old Scotch Toast
Drink to me with thine eyes alone; or if thou wilt, having put it
to thy lips, fill the cup with kisses, and so give it me.
Quotes , Source: Epistles (24)
I, whenever I see thee, thirst, and holding the cup, apply it to
my lips more for thy sake than for drinking.
Quotes , Source: Letters (XXV)
I fill this cup to one made up
Of loveliness alone,
A woman, of her gentle sex
The seeming paragon;
To whom the better elements
And kindly stars have given
A form so fair that, like the air,
'Tis less of earth than heaven.
Edward C. Pinkney
Quotes , Source: A Health
Some have meat but cannot eat;
Some could eat but have no meat;
We have meat and can all eat;
Blest, therefore, be God for our meat.
Quotes , Source: The Selkirk Grace, in his manuscripts in a handwriting from about 1650
St. Leon raised his kindling eye,
And lifts the sparkling cup on high;
"I drink to one," he said,
"Whose image never may depart,
Deep graven on this grateful heart,
Till memory be dead."
. . . .
St. Leon paused, as if he would
Not breathe her name in careless mood
Thus lightly to another;
Then bent his noble head, as though
To give the word the reverence due,
And gently said, "My mother!"
Sir Walter Scott
Quotes , Source: The Knight's Toast
Give me the cups,
And let the kettle to the trumpet speak,
The trumpet to the cannoneer without,
The cannons to the heavens, the heaven to earth,
'Now the king drinks to Hamlet.'
Quotes , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Claudius, King of Denmark at V, ii)
Here's to the maiden of bashful fifteen;
Here's to the widow of fifty;
Here's to the flaunting, extravagant quean;
And here's to the housewife that's thrifty.
(Chorus:) Let the toast pass,--
Drink to the lass,
I'll warrant she'll prove an excuse for the glass.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Quotes , Source: School for Scandal (act III, sc. 3, song)
L'Abbe de Ville proposed a toast,
His master, as the rising Sun:
Reisbach then gave the Empress Queen,
As the bright moon and much praise won.
The Earl of Stair, whose turn next came,
Gave for his toast his own King Will,
As Joshua the sun of Nun,
Who made both Sun and Moon stand still.
Quotes , Source: a metrical version of his toast, from the "Anecdote Library", 1822
A health to the nut-brown lass,
With the hazel eyes: let it pass.
. . . .
As much to the lively grey
'Tis as good i' th' night as day:
. . . .
She's a savour to the glass,
And excuse to make it pass.
Sir John Suckling
Quotes , Source: Goblins (act III)
First pledge our Queen this solemn night,
Then drink to England, every guest;
That man's the best Cosmopolite
Who knows his native country best.
Lord Alfred Tennyson
Quotes , Source: Hands All Round
Here's a health to the lass with the merry black eyes!
Here's a health to the lad with the blue ones!
Quotes , Source: Blue and Black