Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
Beware the deadly fumes of that insane elation Which rises from the cup of mad impiety, And go, get drunk with that divine intoxication Which is more sober far than all sobriety. Wm. R. AlgerOriental Poetry. The Sober Drunkenness.
Man, being reasonable, must get drunk; The best of life is but intoxication: Glory, the grape, love, gold, in these are sunk The hopes of all men and of every nation; Without their sap, how branchless were the trunk Of lifes strange tree, so fruitful on occasion: But to return,Get very drunk; and when You wake with headache, you shall see what then. ByronDon Juan. Canto II. St. 179.
Petition me no petitions, Sir, to-day; Let other hours be set apart for business, To-day it is our pleasure to be drunk; And this our queen shall be as drunk as we. Henry FieldingTom Thumb the Great. Act I. Sc. 2.
Shall I, to please another wine-sprung minde, Lose all mine own? God hath givn me a measure Short of His can and body; must I find A pain in that, wherein he finds a pleasure? HerbertThe Temple. The Church Porch. St. 7.
Quid non ebrietas designat? Operta recludit; Spes jubet esse ratas; in prælia trudit inermem. What does drunkenness not accomplish? It discloses secrets, it ratifies hopes, and urges even the unarmed to battle. HoraceEpistles. I. 5. 16.
Soon as the potion works, their human countnance, Th express resemblance of the gods, is changd Into some bruitish form of wolf or bear, Or ounce or tiger, hog, or bearded goat, All other parts remaining as they were; And they, so perfect in their misery, Not once perceive their foul disfigurement. MiltonComus. L. 64.
O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains! that we should, with joy, pleasance, revel, and applause, transform ourselves into beasts! Othello. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 293.
I will ask him for my place again; he shall tell me, I am a drunkard! Had I as many mouths as Hydra, such an answer would stop them all. To be now a sensible man, by and by a fool, and presently a beast! Othello. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 305.
Drunkenness is an immoderate affection and use of drink. That I call immoderation that is besides or beyond that order of good things for which God hath given us the use of drink. Jeremy TaylorHoly Lining. Of Drunkenness. Ch. II. Pt. 2.
The wine of Love is music, And the feast of Love is song: And when Love sits down to the banquet, Love sits long: * * * * * Sits long and rises drunken, But not with the feast and the wine; He reeleth with his own heart, That great, rich Vine. James ThomsonThe Vine.