Writers and drinking have always somehow gone hand in hand, maybe it’s to cure writers block; perhaps it’s all that free time. Regardless, many of the most famous writers and literary personas have written about drinking and getting drunk.
If you fancy a bit of literature with your tipple, here are 20 amazing literary quotes on drinking.
♥ “I always take Scotch whiskey at night as a preventive of toothache. I have never had the toothache; and what is more, I never intend to have it.” – Mark Twain
♥ “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” – Scott Fitzgerald
♥ “In the middle of the night you wake up. You start to cry. What’s happening to me? Oh, my life, oh, my youth….There’s some wine left in the bottle. You drink it. The clock ticks. Sleep….” – Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
♥ “The best beer is where priests go to drink. For a quart of Ale is a dish for a king.” – William Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale
♥ “I began to think vodka was my drink at last. It didn’t taste like anything, but it went straight down into my stomach like a sword swallowers’ sword and made me feel powerful and godlike.” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
♥ “It gave me a strange feeling, and the rest of that night I didn’t say much, but merely sat there and drank, trying to decide if I was getting older and wiser, or just plain old.” – Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary
♥ “After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.” – Oscar Wilde
♥ “She was the third beer. Not the first one, which the throat receives with almost tearful gratitude; nor the second, that confirms and extends the pleasure of the first. But the third, the one you drink because it’s there, because it can’t hurt, and because what difference does it make?” – Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
♥ “Getting drunk was good. I decided that I would always like getting drunk. It took away the obvious and maybe. If you could get away from the obvious often enough, you wouldn’t become obvious yourself.” – Charles Bukowski
♥ “Do you drink?”
“Of course, I just said I was a writer.” – Stephen King
♥ “Sublime is something you choke on after a shot of tequila.” – Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves
♥ “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.” – Dorothy Parker
♥ “The stains could be seen only in the sunlight, so Ruth was never really aware of them until later, when she would stop at an outdoor cafe for a cup of coffee, and look down at her skirt and see the dark traces of spilled vodka or whiskey. The alcohol had the effect of making the black cloth blacker. This amused her; she had noted in her journal: ‘booze affects material as it does people’.” – Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones
♥ “So much the worse for those who fear wine, for it is because they have some bad thoughts which they are afraid the liquor will extract from their hearts.” – Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
♥ “The writer walks out of his workroom in a daze. He wants a drink. He needs it. It happens to be a fact that nearly every writer of fiction in the world drinks more whisky than is good for him. He does it to give himself faith hope and courage. A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul and that I am sure is why he does it.” – Roald Dahl, Boy: Tales of Childhood
♥ “Had a couple of drinks by myself. It was a mistake. Have I got to give up drinking, too? If I eliminate everything, how will I exist? I was somebody who loved Maurice and went with men and enjoyed my drinks. What happens if you drop all the things that make you I?” – Graham Greene, The End of the Affair
♥ “One sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight, beyond the bliss of dreams.” – John Milton, Comus
♥ “Why are you drinking?” demanded the little prince.
“So that I may forget,” replied the tippler.
“Forget what?” inquired the little prince, who was already sorry for him.
“Forget that I am ashamed,” the tippler confessed, hanging his head.
“Ashamed of what?” insisted the little prince, who wanted to help him.
“Ashamed of drinking!” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
♥ “The sacred pint alone can unbind the tongue…” – James Joyce, Ulysses
♥ “The food we were given was no more than eatable, but the patron was not mean about drink; he allowed us two litres of wine a day each, knowing that if a plongeur is not given two litres he will steal three.” – George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London
♥ “For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
♥ “It is most absurdly said, in popular language, of any man, that he is disguised in liquor; for, on the contrary, most men are disguised by sobriety.” – Thomas de Quincy
♥ “My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey.” – William Faulkner
♥ “I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.” – Edgar Allen Poe