Booze Quotes

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Raymond Carver
“Booze takes a lot of time and effort if you're going to do a good job with it.”
Raymond Carver, Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories
tags: booze

Denis Johnson
“When he was dry, he believed it was alcohol he needed, but when he had a few drinks in him, he knew it was something else, possibly a woman; and when he had it all -- cash, booze, and a wife -- he couldn't be distracted from the great emptiness that was always falling through him and never hit the ground.”
Denis Johnson

Dave Matthes
“...you're either gonna spend your life fucking pussy, or taking it to church.”
Dave Matthes, Bar Nights

Dave Matthes
“I decided to masturbate with shampoo instead of conditioner today. Because yolo. Things Jesus never said.”
Dave Matthes, Sleepeth Not, the Bastard

George Best
“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds, and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”
George Best

Elvis Costello
“The battle with the bottle is nothing so novel.”
Elvis Costello

Terry Pratchett
“Biers was where the undead drank. And when Igor the barman was asked for a Bloody Mary, he didn't mix a metaphor.”
Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

Friedrich Nietzsche
“There have been two great narcotics in European civilisation: Christianity and alcohol.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Dave Matthes
“When it happens and it hits hard, we decide certain things, and realize there's truth in all those dark, lonely days"

He had an instantaneous look about him,
a glimmer and a glint over those eyes,
he knew how the world worked,
and took pleasure in its wickedness.

He would give a dime or two to those sitting on the street,
he would tell them things like:
"It won't get any better,"
and
"Might as well use this to buy your next fix,"
and finally
"It's better to die high than to live sober,"

His suit was pressed nicely, with care and respect,
like the kind a corpse wears,
he'd say that was his way of honoring the dead,
of always being ready for the oncoming train,
I liked him,
he never wore a fake smile
and he was always ready to tell a story about
how and
when

"We all wake up alone," he said once,
"Oftentimes even when sleeping next to someone, we wake up before them and they are still asleep and suddenly we are awake, and alone."
I didn't see him for a few days,
a few days later it felt like it'd been weeks,
those weeks drifted apart from one another,
like leaves on a pond's surface,
and became like months.

And then I saw him and I asked him where he'd been,
he said,
"I woke up alone one day, just like any other, and I decided I didn't like it anymore.”
Dave Matthes, Ejaculation: New Poems and Stories

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“… With great alcohol comes great irresponsibility.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Fletcher Pratt
“A fine young man and a fine young felly he always was, except that in the old days, before you began coming in here, Mr. Witherwax, he maybe had too much money and spent too much of it on girls. Take them alone, either one; the money without the women, or a good girl without the money that can be a help to a young felly, and he's fixed for life. But put them together; and often as not, the young felly goes on the booze. ("The Better Mousetrap")”
Fletcher Pratt, Tales From Gavagan's Bar

“When you haven’t had a drink for a week or so, you get the urge, feel the excitement in your gut, and your mind goes a little scrambled, you feel happy when you go to buy the booze, you get home, you lock your door behind you and say, yes, this night is mine, mine alone, my adventure, my escape, my unchartered journey, and no one can take it away from me.”
Robert Black

Anthony Bourdain
“There has ling been a happy symbiotic relationship between kitchen and bar. Simply put, the kitchen wants booze, and the bartender wants food.”
Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

Charles Bukowski
“I'm just an alcoholic who became a writer so that I would be able to stay in bed until noon.”
Charles Bukowski, Women

Garth Stein
“So he didn't fall hopelessly into the bottle, the refuge of the weak and the maudlin.”
Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain
tags: booze

Lawrence Booth
“The Top Spin would raise a glass to Rudi Koertzen, the popular veteran South African umpire who will stand in his 107th and final Test when Pakistan meet Australia at Headingley in July [2010]. But we're slightly worried about being misunderstood. A few years back, in a light-hearted series of profiles of the elite umpires for a newspaper supplement, we suggested Rudi was a 'sociable' character who enjoyed spending a no-more-than-inordinate amount of time at the '19th hole'. Cue a concerned phonecall from the ICC, who wanted to register Rudi's displeasure at the implication. Whoops. Presumably it will be orange juices all round when he finally hangs up the white coat.”
Lawrence Booth

Christopher Buehlman
“I mostly drink clear booze because the rest of it looks it's already been through a gentleman.”
Christopher Buehlman, Those Across the River

Charles Bukowski
“What's the bill, Arbuckle ??

Well, it comes to $17.94.

I gave him a twenty. He started digging for change.

You know better than that. Buy yourself a new home.”
Charles Bukowski, Women

Krista Ritchie
“I want to love you more than I love this' -he waves his bottle- 'and I don't know how else to do it unless there's something to lose.”
Krista Ritchie, Addicted to You

Michaela Haze
“If you drink anymore, you're going to be positively flammable.”
Michaela Haze, The Bleeders

“OK booze, let’s make a deal, God will be my witness, I’ll keep you at 4 % and below, and you make me famous.”
Robert Black

Raymond Chandler
“Breeze looked at me very steadily. Then he sighed. Then he picked the glass up and tasted it and sighed again shook his head sideways with a half smile; the way a man does when you give him a drink and he needs it very badly and it is just right and the first swallow is like a peek into a cleaner, sunnier, brighter world.”
Raymond Chandler, The Lady in the Lake

Drew Pinsky
“Unfortunately, it's not against the law in this country to drink yourself to death.”
Drew Pinsky, Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again

“The organization called Alcoholics Anonymous is doing a wonderful job in trying to rehabilitate some of these men.”
Rachel Copelan, The Sexually Fulfilled Man

“The biggest form of peer pressure as a teenager wasn’t drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes.

It came during exams when it was completely silent and you heard everyone turn to page 2 while you were still on the first question.”
Fuad Alakbarov

Abhijit Naskar
“If you make boozed up youngsters with no comprehension of civilization your role model, you will end up with a world outwardly sophisticated yet inwardly broken and empty. Remember, a singer who publicly practices eroticism on stage, is no more empowering than a dog who pees at the corner of the street.”
Abhijit Naskar, When Call The People: My World My Responsibility

Hanna Abi Akl
“Dear god, it seems that I find it now easier to answer to the smell of booze and cheap women than good faith and common sense.”
Hanna Abi Akl, A Road Away From Home

“When you are young you drink to be sociable, and when you are old you drink to be unsociable.”
Robert Black

Abhijit Naskar
“You wanna try booze, try it - you wanna try weed, try it – you wanna get laid, go get laid - just do it all and get it over with, so that you can pay attention to the real troubles of society.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

Abhijit Naskar
“You wanna try booze, try it - you wanna try weed, try it – you wanna get laid, go get laid - just do it all and get it over with, so that you can pay attention to the real troubles of society. How dare you waste your life on nonsense! You may say, it is your life, and you can do whatever you want with it. To that I say, it is not your life, it is human life, and a human life that doesn't come to the aid of the society is anything but human.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

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