Sober Quotes

Quotes tagged as "sober" (showing 1-30 of 37)
Diana Wynne Jones
“Go to bed, you fool," Calcifer said sleepily. "You're drunk."
"Who, me?" said Howl. "I assure you, my friends, I am cone sold stober." He got up and stalked upstairs, feeling for the wall as if he thought it might escape him unless he kept in touch with it. His bedroom door did escape him.”
Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle

Charlotte Eriksson
“So they gave me love in form of poison and tiny little pills, programming my emotions, teaching me how to feel. To act correct and talk correct and answer without knowing the question, because that, my dear, is how you get love. Yes that, dear youth, is how you'll be loved. I tried to medicate my own fucked up little mind with chemicals and adrenaline, tasting sweeter every night, shaking louder every time. Sitting wide awake in bed until the world disappears, writing poetry to concentrate on something real while waiting for the love to arrive.
I've been looking for it night after night, waiting patiently for it to show up, maybe somewhere in between the state of awake and asleep, alive and not so alive, sober and not so sober.
(I lost track of the difference somewhere in between.)”
Charlotte Eriksson, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps

Habeeb Akande
“My mind may be sober, but my confidence is high!”
Habeeb Akande

Alexandra Katehakis
“To sober up seems to many like making life “so serious,” as if seriousness precluded joy, warmth, spontaneity and fun. But there can be a delusional, blind quality to non-sober festivities. To have our eyes open soberly with all our senses and memory intact allows some of the most rewarding, soul-nourishing, and long-lasting pleasures possible.”
Alexandra Katehakis, Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence

Jess C. Scott
“Sex parties, alcohol and drugs lost their appeal to Sven after a while. Music never did, in his continual search for that sober connection--intimacy with one person over a long period of time, as opposed to periods of intimacy with a bunch of random faces.”
Jess C. Scott, Sven

Irwin Shaw
“I never drink while I'm working, but after a few glasses I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober.”
Irwin Shaw

John Irving
“Just because you're sober, don't think you're a good driver, Cookie.”
John Irving, Last Night in Twisted River

Criss Jami
“You ask me why I don't speak
Not a word at will
But write so much worth well over a mill'
Well I value words like I value kisses
A sober one, a closer one penetrates the heart
Darling it's how it mends it”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

Craig Ferguson
“It seemed that I performed better sober than drunk. Who knew?”
Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

George Bernard Shaw
“The seriousness of throwing over hell whilst still clinging to the Atonement is obvious. If there is no punishment for sin there can be no self-forgiveness for it. If Christ paid our score, and if there is no hell and therefore no chance of our getting into trouble by forgetting the obligation, then we can be as wicked as we like with impunity inside the secular law, even from self-reproach, which becomes mere ingratitude to the Savior. On the other hand, if Christ did not pay our score, it still stands against us; and such debts make us extremely uncomfortable. The drive of evolution, which we call conscience and honor, seizes on such slips, and shames us to the dust for being so low in the scale as to be capable of them. The 'saved' thief experiences an ecstatic happiness which can never come to the honest atheist: he is tempted to steal again to repeat the glorious sensation. But if the atheist steals he has no such happiness. He is a thief and knows that he is a thief. Nothing can rub that off him. He may try to sooth his shame by some sort of restitution or equivalent act of benevolence; but that does not alter the fact that he did steal; and his conscience will not be easy until he has conquered his will to steal and changed himself into an honest man...

Now though the state of the believers in the atonement may thus be the happier, it is most certainly not more desirable from the point of view of the community. The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality of happiness, and by no means a necessity of life. Whether Socrates got as much happiness out of life as Wesley is an unanswerable question; but a nation of Socrateses would be much safer and happier than a nation of Wesleys; and its individuals would be higher in the evolutionary scale. At all events it is in the Socratic man and not in the Wesleyan that our hope lies now.

Consequently, even if it were mentally possible for all of us to believe in the Atonement, we should have to cry off it, as we evidently have a right to do. Every man to whom salvation is offered has an inalienable natural right to say 'No, thank you: I prefer to retain my full moral responsibility: it is not good for me to be able to load a scapegoat with my sins: I should be less careful how I committed them if I knew they would cost me nothing.'
George Bernard Shaw, Androcles and the Lion

“I wrote this book to show you that a cure is entirely possible because I've seen it happen over and over again.”
Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

Ruth Park
“And when he got home he started on Mumma. He hated her then, because in her fatness and untidiness and drabness she reminded him of what he himself was when he was sober.”
Ruth Park, The Harp in the South

“Believe that is cure is possible for you. Discover and heal the underlying causes with a holistic recovery program. Adopt a philosophy based on what is true in the Universe.”
Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

Sibylle Berg
“Natürlich mochte ich die, die nicht ich waren, nur selten.”
Sibylle Berg, Der Mann schläft

Asmaa Ed-dahri
“Drunk words are sober thoughts”
Asmaa Ed-dahri, Chasing Happiness

Curtis Tyrone Jones
“Please don't be overly sober with your precious wings, it's your addiction to freedom that makes me think that i too can defy gravity.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones

“You don't need to be drunk to experience life.
You just need to be sober.”
Anthony T. Hincks

Glennon Doyle Melton
“Since the day I decided to become sober and a mother, I've been trying to become who I am supposed to be.”
Glennon Doyle Melton, Love Warrior

Ehsan Sehgal
“You can break and hurt anyone, in many ways; however, to treat and cure is only the way of love and sober conduct that needs purity of heart and mind.”
Ehsan Sehgal
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Michel de Montaigne
“Plato forbids children wine till eighteen years of age, and to get drunk till forty; but, after forty, gives them leave to please themselves, and to mix a little liberally in their feasts the influence of Dionysos, that good deity who restores to younger men their gaiety and to old men their to inspire old men with mettle to divert themselves in dancing and music; things of great use, and that they dare not attempt when sober.”
Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

Gena Showalter
“Happy to say you passed the sobriety test. Sad to say you failed the asshole test.”
Gena Showalter, The Harder You Fall

“Man knows about being drunk, but does he know about being sober in the light of the day?”
Anthony T.Hincks

“Someone who is trying to be sober is often trying to work out deeper emotional issues and is attempting to undo years of habitual behavior. When you reduce recovery to just abstinence, it simplifies what is really a much more complex issue.”
Sasha Bronner

Shirley Jackson
“For one thing, it had suddenly come to Natalie that when people were sober they repudiated everything they had done when they were drunk, and when they were drunk they repudiated everything they had done when they were sober.”
Shirley Jackson, Hangsaman

“Yesterday I was drunk.
I wandered in darkness and—
mumbled poor definitions of love.
Today I am sober,
I am sleepless,
I am speechless.”
Rafy Rohaan

“in fact, I’m an advocate for the straight edge. I don’t live it, but I advocate it. So I don’t encourage anyone to do any drugs, but on the other hand I believe in freedom.”
Woody Harrelson

“In the years that followed I worked as much as I could filling my empty hours with theatres and alcohol. I found I had grown to like the taste. Maybe that was a lie. I never liked the taste except maybe of whisky. I drank it none the less and it numbed any feelings I had for a time. In my sober hours I was introduced to ‘The Order of the Red Dragon’ a little at a time.”

Mercy Brown
“You need to just fuck already. Get it over with before you kill each other."

"Ah, always the romantic, Emmy," Joey says.

"I'm so serious," she drawls in a drunken slur. "I don't know why you didn't pull the trigger last night, girl."

"I tried!" I say. "But now he says I have to be sober if I want to hook up with him, and being sober on the road is for pussies."

"Hey, pussies are tough," she says. "You should've seen the thrashing mine took last night."

"Nope," I say. "No thank you.”
Mercy Brown, Stay Until We Break

Raymond Chandler
“Mr. Cobb was my escort," she said. "Such a nice escort, Mr. Cobb. So attentive. You should see him sober. I should see him sober. Somebody should him sober. I mean, just for the record. So it could become a part of history, that brief flashing moment, soon buried in time, but never forgotten — when Larry Cobb was sober.”
Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep

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