Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sweet, Sweet Sin: The Wine Edition

Continuing this brief exploration into notable quotations about different sinful items, today we're going to see what the sages and pundits have to say about my new favourite Friday night beverage: wine.

Last weekend I tasted a couple of different wines at World Market. They were both very dry. One I liked rather well--it smelled divine, and as I let it rest on my tongue before swallowing it, I was able to sense a variety of notes. The other one didn't smell quite as good, and it tasted downright nasty. I've got some shiraz at home that I'm looking forward to tasting.  I know that I have a very uneducated palate, as the guy at World Market put it, but I'm open to learning!

And now, without further ado:

Wine is bottled poetry.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson

When the wine goes in, strange things come out.  ~Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, The Piccolomini, 1799

This is one of the disadvantages of wine:  it makes a man mistake words for thought.  ~Samuel Johnson

A man who was fond of wine was offered some grapes at dessert after dinner.  "Much obliged," said he, pushing the plate aside, "I am not accustomed to take my wine in pills."  ~Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector.  It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully.  ~Graham Greene

Everybody should believe in something; I believe I'll have another drink.  ~Author Unknown

Wine gives a man nothing... it only puts in motion what had been locked up in frost.  ~Samuel Johnson

I don't think I've ever drunk champagne before breakfast before.  With breakfast on several occasions, but never before before.  ~From the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote, spoken by the character Paul Varjak

Wine is sunlight, held together by water.  ~Galileo

If you wish to keep your affairs secret, drink no wine.  ~Author Unknown

Wine gives courage and makes men more apt for passion.  ~Ovid

[Grapes are] the most noble and challenging of fruits. ~Malcolm Dunn, Head Gardener to the 7th Viscount Powerscout, c 1867

Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used.  ~William Shakespeare, Othello, II. iii. (315)

A man may surely be allowed to take a glass of wine by his own fireside. ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan, refreshing himself at the Piazza Coffee House as his Drury Lane theatre went up in flames on 24th February 1809.

Go fetch to me a pint o' wine,
An' fill it in a silver tassie. Robert Burns

And Noah he often said to his wife when he sat down to dine,
'I don't care where the water goes if it doesn't get into the wine'. ~G.K. Chesterton

Bacchus we thank who gave us wine
Which warms the blood within our veins;
That nectar is itself divine.
The man who drinks not, yet attains
By godly grace to human rank
Would be an angel if he drank. ~Pierre Motin

The smell of wine, oh how much more delicate, cheerful, gratifying, celestial and delicious it is than that of oil. ~Rabelais

The king sits in Dunfermline town
Drinking the blude-red wine. ~Trad Ballad 'Sir Patrick Spens'

Wine gives great pleasure; and every pleasure is of itself a good.  It is a good, unless counterbalanced by evil. ~Samuel Johnson

If God forbade drinking, would He have made wine so good? ~Cardinal Richelieu

Wine is the drink of the gods, milk the drink of babies, tea the drink of women, and water the drink of beasts. ~John Stuart Blackie

There is not the hundredth part of the wine consumed in this kingdom that there ought to be. Our foggy climate wants help. ~Jane Austen

Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter,
Sermons and soda-water the day after. ~Lord Byron

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities. ~1 Timothy, 5:23

It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend; one's present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason. ~Latin saying

Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved. ~Medieval German saying

Wine ... cheereth God and man. ~Judges, 9:13
A man cannot make him laugh - but that's no marvel; he drinks no wine. ~William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2

Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness -
And Wilderness is Paradise enow. ~The Rubiyaiyat of Omar Khayyam, tr. Edward Fitzgerald

In vino veritas ~Pliny
Good wine ruins the purse; bad wine ruins the stomach. ~Spanish saying
I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines. ~Oliver Goldsmith

He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long. ~Martin Luther

Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wine that maketh glad the heart of man. ~The Book of Psalms, 104:15

Like the best wine . . . that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak. ~The Song of Solomon, 7:9

The wine urges me on, the bewitching wine, which sets even a wise man to singing and to laughing gently and rouses him up to dance and brings forth words which were better unspoken. ~Homer
It's a naive domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption. ~James Thurber 1894 - 1961 (Caption for cartoon in The New Yorker)

For when the wine is in, the wit is out. ~Thomas Becon

A man not old, but mellow, like good wine. ~Stephen Phillips

Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool--you would have counted on it--so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me. . . . ~Vizzini in The Princess Bride

Alcohol: The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems. ~Homer Simpson

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