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In the bottle, discontent seeks for comfort, cowardice for courage, and bashfulness for confidence.
DR. JOHNSON. A VINE bears three grapes, the first of pleasure, the second of drunkenness, and the third of repentance.
ANACHARSIS. A DRUNKARD is one that will be a man to-morrow morning, but is now what you will make him, for he is in the power of the next man, and if a friend the better.
Cassio. I REMEMBER a mass of things, but nothing distinctly; a quarrel, but nothing wherefore. O that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains ! that we should with joy, pleasure, revel, and applause, transform ourselves into beasts !
Iago. Why, but you are now well enough: How came you thus recovered ?
Cas. It hath pleased the devil, drunkenness, to give place to the devil, wrath; one imperfectness shows me another, to make me frankly despise myself.
Othello, Act II. The maxim,“ in vino veritas,"* a man who is well warmed with wine will speak truth,” may be an argument for drinking, if you suppose men in general to be liars; but, sir, I would not keep company with a fellow, who lies as long as he is sober, and whom you must make drunk before you can get a word of truth out of him.
him kindly to caress,
To gain access a private way
BUTLER. On Drunkenness.
While man with raging drink inflamed,
BUTLER. On Drunkenness.
* For truly then I feare no man
Be he never so bolde,
SHALL I, to please another's wine-sprung mind,
Lose all mine own? God hath given me a measure
A pain in that, wherein he finds a pleasure ?
If reason move not gallants, quit the room ;
(All in a shipwreck shift their several way ;)
Be not a beast in courtesy, but stay,
G. HERBERT. Olivia. WHAT's a drunken man like, fool ?
Clown. Like a drowned man, a fool, and a madman: one draught above heat makes him a fool; the second mads him; and a third drowns him.
Oli. Go thou and seek the coroner, and let him sit o' my coz: for he's in the third degree of drink, he's drowned: go, look after him.
Clo. He is but mad yet, madonna ; and the fool shall look to the madman.
Twelfth Night, Act I., Scene 2.
A DRUNKARD is a good philosopher, for he thinks aright: the world goes round.
SIR T. OVERBURY.
IF the headache should come before drunkenness, we should have care of drinking too much. But pleasure, to deceive us, marches before and conceals her brain.
MONTAIGNE. Essays. BEFORE dinner, men meet with great inequality of understanding; and those who are conscious of their inferiority have the modesty not to talk: when they have drunk wine, every man feels himself happy, and loses that .modesty, and grows impudent and vociferous; but he is not improved; he is only not sensible of his defects.
DR. ALDRICH'S FIVE REASONS FOR DRINKING.
Good wine; a friend; or being dry;
ODE TO THE CUCKOO.
messenger of spring!
And woods thy welcome sing.
Thy certain voice we hear;
Or mark the rolling year ?
I hail the time of flowers,
From birds among the bowers.
To pull the primrose gay,
And imitates thy lay.
Thou fliest thy vocal vale,
Another spring to hail.
Thy sky is ever clear;
No winter in thy year!
We'd make, with joyful wing,
O BLITHÉ new-comer! I have heard,
I hear thee and rejoice;
Or but a wandering voice ?
Thy twofold shout I hear; From hill to hill it seems to pass
At once far off and near,
Though babbling only to the vale
Of sunshine and of flowers,
Of visionary hours.
Even yet thou art to me
A voice, a mystery ;
I listen’d to; that cry
THERE is a lust in man no charm can tame,
Hood. Tale of a Trumpet. WE hain't got any daily paper in our town, but we've got a female sewin' circle, which answers the same purpuss.
THE EFFECT OF TIME UPON PAINTINGS.