Whiskey Quotes

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H.L. Mencken
“I know some who are constantly drunk on books as other men are drunk on whiskey.”
H.L. Mencken

Haruki Murakami
“Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it's time to drink.”
Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

W. Somerset Maugham
“Some of us look for the Way in opium and some in God, some of us in whiskey and some in love. It is all the same Way and it leads nowhither.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil

Mark Twain
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”
Mark Twain

Raymond Chandler
“There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren't as good as others.”
Raymond Chandler

Compton Mackenzie
“Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whiskey makes it go round twice as fast.”
Compton Mackenzie

Christopher Hitchens
“Hitch: making rules about drinking can be the sign of an alcoholic,' as Martin Amis once teasingly said to me. (Adorno would have savored that, as well.) Of course, watching the clock for the start-time is probably a bad sign, but here are some simple pieces of advice for the young. Don't drink on an empty stomach: the main point of the refreshment is the enhancement of food. Don't drink if you have the blues: it's a junk cure. Drink when you are in a good mood. Cheap booze is a false economy. It's not true that you shouldn't drink alone: these can be the happiest glasses you ever drain. Hangovers are another bad sign, and you should not expect to be believed if you take refuge in saying you can't properly remember last night. (If you really don't remember, that's an even worse sign.) Avoid all narcotics: these make you more boring rather than less and are not designed—as are the grape and the grain—to enliven company. Be careful about up-grading too far to single malt Scotch: when you are voyaging in rough countries it won't be easily available. Never even think about driving a car if you have taken a drop. It's much worse to see a woman drunk than a man: I don't know quite why this is true but it just is. Don't ever be responsible for it.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

James Joyce
“The light music of whisky falling into glasses made an agreeable interlude.”
James Joyce, Dubliners

George Bernard Shaw
“Whisky is liquid sunshine.”
George Bernard Shaw

Clarence Darrow
“Do you, good people, believe that Adam and Eve were created in the Garden of Eden and that they were forbidden to eat from the tree of knowledge? I do. The church has always been afraid of that tree. It still is afraid of knowledge. Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas. So does whiskey. I believe in the brain of man.”
Clarence Darrow

Dave Matthes
“I see things in windows and I say to myself that I want them. I want them because I want to belong. I want to be liked by more people, I want to be held in higher regard than others. I want to feel valued, so I say to myself to watch certain shows. I watch certain shows on the television so I can participate in dialogues and conversations and debates with people who want the same things I want. I want to dress a certain way so certain groups of people are forced to be attracted to me. I want to do my hair a certain way with certain styling products and particular combs and methods so that I can fit in with the In-Crowd. I want to spend hours upon hours at the gym, stuffing my body with what scientists are calling 'superfoods', so that I can be loved and envied by everyone around me. I want to become an icon on someone's mantle. I want to work meaningless jobs so that I can fill my wallet and parentally-advised bank accounts with monetary potential. I want to believe what's on the news so that I can feel normal along with the rest of forever. I want to listen to the Top Ten on Q102, and roll my windows down so others can hear it and see that I am listening to it, and enjoying it. I want to go to church every Sunday, and pray every other day. I want to believe that what I do is for the promise of a peaceful afterlife. I want rewards for my 'good' deeds. I want acknowledgment and praise. And I want people to know that I put out that fire. I want people to know that I support the war effort. I want people to know that I volunteer to save lives. I want to be seen and heard and pointed at with love. I want to read my name in the history books during a future full of clones exactly like me.

The mirror, I've noticed, is almost always positioned above the sink. Though the sink offers more depth than a mirror, and mirror is only able to reflect, the sink is held in lower regard. Lower still is the toilet, and thought it offers even more depth than the sink, we piss and shit in it. I want these kind of architectural details to be paralleled in my every day life. I want to care more about my reflection, and less about my cleanliness. I want to be seen as someone who lives externally, and never internally, unless I am able to lock the door behind me.

I want these things, because if I didn't, I would be dead in the mirrors of those around me. I would be nothing. I would be an example. Sunken, and easily washed away.”
Dave Matthes

Abraham Lincoln
“Well, I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.”
Abraham Lincoln

Kate Bernheimer
“Beer bottles, whiskey bottles, brown glass, green. They fell to the lawn and I'd feel serene. Adam was king to my stilted queen.”
Kate Bernheimer, The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold

John Dickson Carr
“Alan Campbell opened one eye.

From somewhere in remote distances, muffled beyond sight or sound, his soul crawled back painfully, through subterranean corridors, up into his body again. Toward the last it moved to a cacophony of hammers and lights.

Then he was awake.

The first eye was bad enough. But, when he opened his second eye, such as rush of anguish flowed through his brain that he hastily closed them again.”
John Dickson Carr, The Case of the Constant Suicides

Walker Percy
“At that time the only treatment of angelism, that is, excessive abstraction of the self from itself, was recovery of the self through ordeal. ”
Walker Percy

Thomas Jefferson
“Whiskey claims to itself alone the exclusive office of sot-making.”
Thomas Jefferson

Jeff Phillips
“A beverage of leisure is a serious business,” Shane Bowermaster was known to declare. “There can be no product of pleasure without the inverse on the end of the producer.”
Jeff Phillips, Whiskey Pike: A Bedtime Story for the Drinking Mankind.

John E. Quinlan
“Sitting on a bar stool and sipping a shot of Jack Daniel's washed down by a cold bottle of beer is an impeccable routine. I cannot think of a better ritual.”
John E. Quinlan, Tau Bada The Quest and Memoir of a Vulnerable Man

Kelly Moran
“This is turning into an alcohol-will-cure-everything kind of day.”
Kelly Moran, Bewitched

Doug Worgul
“Like most Michigan natives, Ferguson had a vague knowledge of a thing called barbecue, but had never actually eaten any. He was, however, intimately familiar with whiskey.”
Doug Worgul, Thin Blue Smoke

“When you feel lonely, pass on the somber days and the melancholy nights, with a pint of whiskey and a zephyr of poetry!”
Avijeet Das

Melanie A. Smith
“I would have preferred whiskey. There’s nothing like its bold flavor and strong burn to remind you that you’re alive. And then quickly dull that feeling.”
Melanie A. Smith, Everybody Lies

Ann  Edwards
“Could you bring me some whiskey and a body bag?”
Ann Edwards, The Nameless Women Project

Pierre Souvestre
“Seen through the gold of old Scotch, life seems more beautiful.”
Pierre Souvestre, A Nest Of Spies: Being The Fourth In The Series Of Fantomas Detective Tales

“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.”

“When you feel lonely pass on the somber days and the melancholy nights with a pint of whiskey and z zephyr of poetry!”
Avijeet Das

Sinclair Lewis
“He had never found that more than five whiskeys and soda were beneficial to law-practice.”
Sinclair Lewis, Mantrap

Ann  Edwards
“Has anyone ever told you that you drink like a fish that has just discovered water?” Garcia asks. The tension in the room dissipates through the laughter.

“Never with quite such accuracy.”
Ann Edwards, The Nameless Women Project

Ruth Ann Oskolkoff
“The concert was magnificent. It was the second time she saw Floor and she loved them. Psychedelic rock. Indie. Hardcore. They always started with this great classic love song they sang a capella backstage while passing around some whisky. They each took a swig as they sang. The beautiful melodies that came out of this were amazing and the audience sang along. It was always a breathtaking moment.”
Ruth Ann Oskolkoff, Zin

“The moment I entered the bar with a book and and a diary in hand, her eyes were on me. She had always fantasized about getting into a deep conversation with a writer while sipping whiskey!”
Avijeet Das

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