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


“Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it’s time to drink.”
– Haruki Murakami


“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



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


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


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


“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


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


“Whisky is liquid sunshine.”
– George Bernard Shaw


“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


“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


“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


“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


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


“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


“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


“You drink your whiskey,
I’ll drink my wine.
Later when we’re fevered and tipsy
we’ll make savage love divine.
Until then,
let’s swim in the warm, opal sea of each other.
Crash a few innocent waves,
skinny dip, laugh and get lost in those
blood-pumping hearts,
and for a time
forget all our broken parts.”
– Melody Lee


“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


“Just the usual. Aspirin, vitamin C, a shot of whiskey.” That last was my great aunt Maureen’s remedy for whatever ailed you. She usually came down with “something” once a week.”
– Suzanne M. Trauth


“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


“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


“He loaded the bullet and begun roulette, wrote about how I smelled like whiskey and regret. His eyes said upset while his mouth spoke, it’s time to accept.”
– Dominic Riccitello


“Does love make the world go around? Well yes. But whiskey makes it go around twice as fast.”
– James Hauenstein


“I like my whiskey like I like my men: on the rocks, ready for death as I devour at their first intent.”
– Dominic Riccitello


“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.”


“He entered the bar at the far end of the boulevard. He was feeling melancholic and a tad morose for no particular reason. The bar was already bustling with a few people. But he was all alone. He was feeling the bouts of loneliness all over again. He knew he had to forget her. There was nothing else that he could do.

The bartender looked at him sitting all alone on one corner of the bar. And asked gently with a smile”Monsieur what shal I get for you?”

He smiled back and said “Whiskey on the rocks!”
– Avijeet Das


“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


“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


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


“Ya got cigarettes?” she asks. “Yes,” I say,
“I got cigarettes.” “Matches?” she asks.
“Enough to burn Rome.” “Whiskey?”
“Enough whiskey for a Mississippi River
of pain.” “You drunk?” “Not yet.”
– Charles Bukowski


“I’d much rather be someone’s shot of whiskey than everyone’s cup of tea.”
– Carrie Bradshaw


“Never delay kissing a pretty girl or opening a bottle of whiskey.”
– Ernest Hemingway


“He smelled of cigarettes and whiskey, the smell of Cambridge and youth.”
– Lily King


“When it happens and it hits hard, we decide certain things, and realize there’s truth in all those dark, lonely days”

He had an instantaneous look about him,
a glimmer and a glint over those eyes,
he knew how the world worked,
and took pleasure in its wickedness.

He would give a dime or two to those sitting on the street,
he would tell them things like:
“It won’t get any better,”
“Might as well use this to buy your next fix,”
and finally
“It’s better to die high than to live sober,”

His suit was pressed nicely, with care and respect,
like the kind a corpse wears,
he’d say that was his way of honoring the dead,
of always being ready for the oncoming train,
I liked him,
he never wore a fake smile
and he was always ready to tell a story about
how and

“We all wake up alone,” he said once,
“Oftentimes even when sleeping next to someone, we wake up before them and they are still asleep and suddenly we are awake, and alone.”
I didn’t see him for a few days,
a few days later it felt like it’d been weeks,
those weeks drifted apart from one another,
like leaves on a pond’s surface,
and became like months.

And then I saw him and I asked him where he’d been,
he said,
“I woke up alone one day, just like any other, and I decided I didn’t like it anymore.”
– Dave Matthes


“The whiskey was a good start. I got the idea from Dylan Thomas. He’s this poet who drank twenty-one straight whiskeys at the White Horse Tavern in New York and then died on the spot from alcohol poisoning. I’ve always wanted to hear the bartender’s side of the story. What was it like watching this guy drink himself out of here? How did it feel handing him number twenty-one and watching his face crumple up before the fall of the stool? And did he already have number twenty-two poured, waiting for this big fat tip, and then have to drink it himself after whoever came took the body away?”
– Michael Thomas Ford


“Old but contented, the face of a man who had sipped life’s vinegar and found it, by and large, to be mostly whiskey, and good whiskey at that.”
– Neil Gaiman


“Beneath the moons’ shadowscape, wisdom, women, whiskey and you are a dangerous and provocative combination…”
– Virginia Alison


“Hemingway is overrated,
Twain is even more lost at sea,
And all truths point to the mouth of a woman,
Where both her whispers and her screams,
Are born.
Pour another glass,
Beer, wine, whiskey,
I don’t care,
So long as its wisdom is sharp,
And it tells lies instead of promises.”
– Dave Matthes


“I contented myself with whiskey, for medicinal purposes. It helped numb my various aches and pains. Not that the alcohol actually reduced the pain, it just gave the pain a life of its own, apart from mine.”
– Haruki Murakami


“The medicine is in the eye of the beholder and right now you be-holding a big ass glass of it. So, shut up and drink your whiskey.”
– Joe Buckler


“With more insight into the English character, I poured out a stiff whisky and soda and placed it in front of the gloomy inspector.”
– Agatha Christie


“While I can’t walk on water, I can certainly wobble on whisky.”
– Ashwin Sanghi


“The second whiskey is always my favorite. From the third on, it no longer has any taste. It’s just something to pour into your stomach.”
– Haruki Murakami


“Those who drink whiskey with the owls at night, cannot soar with the eagles the next day.”
– Brian D. Ratty


“To be or not to be, fucked up on whiskey, that is the question.”
– Robert Black

“Lovecraft says he knows about tentacles
but that motherfucker never bedded a girl from
West Chester
and survived

She was a toothache
that one
and she tasted like crack
the best thing about her
was if I was ever hungry
I could always make a meal out of whatever
was making rest at the corners of her mouth
I can’t remember her name
as is the case with most of them
then again I can’t remember
how many donuts I ate this morning
or how many beers I’ll drink tonight,
– Dave Matthes


“And there’s nothing wrong with spinsters, anyway. They have nice cats and little bowls full of candy. Mrs. Bailey and Mrs. Newitz are the kindest ladies you’ll ever meet, and they have nips of whiskey in their tea like cowboys.”
– Catherynne M. Valente


“Keep trying?
I’d rather keep walking. I mean, whisky is whisky”
– Ljupka Cvetanova


“His desire for this to be a joke was quickly replaced by a desire for whiskey.”
– L. Ashley Straker


“Her eyes were the color of whiskey and grace. Moments with her always felt like getting drunk on Sundays.”
– B. Devine


“Whisky nosers, as they called themselves, eschewed what they saw as the pretentiousness of wine vocabulary. While oenophiles resorted to recondite adjectives, whisky nosers spoke the language of everyday life, detecting hints of stale seaweed, or even diesel fuel.”
– Alexander McCall Smith


“Life’s too short for this shit,’ he had announced to his empty apartment, and that had been the end of the great whiskey experiment.”
– Stephen King


“Com maior percepção do caráter inglês, servi uma forte dose de uísque com soda e coloquei-a na frente do desditado inspetor.”
– Agatha Christie


“Well,” he sighed, squeezing my hand back. “I guess we were both running away in different ways.”
“What do you mean?”
Dad shook his head. “Your mother took a Mustang. I took a whiskey bottle.” He reached up and readjusted his glasses, an unconscious habit-he always did it when he was making a point. “I was so devastated by what your mother did to me that I forgot how horrible drinking is. I forgot to look on the bright side.”
“Dad,” I said, “I don’t think there is a bright side to divorce. It’s a pretty sucky thing all around.”
He nodded. “Maybe that’s true, but there are a lot of bright sides to my life. I have a job I like, a nice house in a good neighborhood, and a wonderful daughter.”
I rolled my eyes. “Oh God,” I muttered. “Don’t go all Lifetime movie on me. Seriously.”
“I’m sorry,” he said, smiling. “But I mean it. A lot of people would kill for my life, but I didn’t even consider that. I took it-and you-for granted. I’m so, so sorry for that, Bumblebee.”
– Kody Keplinger


“I got a heart like a half bottle of no-label whiskey.
Nothing to brag on,
but enough for you, and all your friends, too.”
– Catherynne M. Valente


“Rage and hurt coalesce into a stone in my chest and as I take another gulp of my father’s prized whiskey, I hear myself say, “Tell me about your plan.”
– Melissa Simmons


“There is indeed one person who can help solve “writer’s block”. His name is Mr Johnnie Walker.”
– Ashwin Sanghi


“The only thing we chase our shots with are high-fives.”
– Joe Buckler


“Even rocket science ain’t rocket science nowadays. Not compared to negotiating a relationship anyway. Now why don’t they teach you the equations for THAT at college eh? “Oh, just close your eyes, and aim in the general direction. If you get into trouble just press this button which will lower a bottle of The Macallan into your hand and eject your brain clean out of your skull. You’ll parachute safely back to earth and definitely will not end up in a screaming mass of smoking hot twisted metal on a hillside somewhere.”
– Andre the BFG


“to ask them to legalize pot is something like asking them to put butter on the handcuffs before they place them on you, something else is hurting you – that’s why you need pot or whiskey, or whips and rubber suits, or screaming music turned so fucking loud you can’t think, or madhouses or mechanical cunts or 162 baseball games in a season. or vietnam or israel or the fear of spiders. your love washing her yellow false teeth in the sink before you screw.”
– Charles Bukowski


“I’ve always felt that distant train whistles heard in the dead of night are the universe’s way of letting us know the best days are neither ahead nor behind us…they’re happening right now, cradled in the palms of our hands. But that doesn’t change the fact that the whiskey, weed, and romance eventually runs out and the night will soon turn to day.”
– Dave Matthes


“It was so quiet, a reservation kind of quiet, where you can hear somebody drinking whiskey on the rocks three miles away.”
– Sherman Alexie


“The whiskey kicked like a mugger.”
– Ken Bruen


“I have never in my life seen a Kentuckian who didn’t have a gun, a pack of cards, and a jug of whiskey.”
– Andrew Jackson

“To her own heart, which was shaped exactly like a valentine, there came a winglike palpitation, a delicate exigency, and all the fragrance of all the flowery springtime love affairs that ever were seemed waiting for them in the whisky bottle. To mingle their pain their handshake had promised them, was to produce a separate entity, like a child that could shift for itself, and they scrambled hastily toward this profound and pastoral experience.”
– Jean Stafford


“The cat arrived with a bottle of Scotch.”
– Christopher S. Wren


“My room is a grave yard of whisky bottles in a swamp of stale beer, cigar ashes, and dick jokes.”
– Vincent Brooks


I don’t think I’m a good ol’ boy. Honestly, the last thing I am is a redneck. I like silk sheets, fancy cars, beautiful women, good whiskey. – Joe Jamail


Ninety percent I’ll spend on good times, women and Irish Whiskey. The other ten percent I’ll probably waste. – Tug McGraw


I live in New York City, and one day many years ago I was with a poet, Gregory Corso, walking through Greenwich Village. He pointed to a doorway in an alley that he said led to a tunnel under Manhattan, a tunnel he’d use to run from the cops. I started learning about old Prohibition-era speakeasy tunnels under the city, for running whiskey. – Ann Nocenti


Whiskey is all right in its place – but its place is hell. – Billy Sunday


Americans are big boys. You can talk them into almost anything. Just sit with them for half an hour over a bottle of whiskey and be a nice guy. – Nguyen Cao Ky


Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake. – W. C. Fields


Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake. – W. C. Fields


Logic, like whiskey, loses its beneficial effect when taken in too large quantities. – Lord Dunsany


I have found that whiskey is enjoyed as a refined secret pleasure in many cities – and it appears to be popular in Pakistan, as it is all over the tropical Asian world, Muslim or non-Muslim. – Lawrence Osborne


My idea of working out is drinking whiskey – instead of beer. – Travis Fimmel


Whiskey will always be a part of my life. – Artie Lange


I’m a beer man. I tried to drink whiskey and Scotch, but I don’t get it. It smells like a girl who didn’t shower and just splashed a lot of perfume on. – Mads Mikkelsen


As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Drown in a cold vat of whiskey? Death, where is thy sting? – W. C. Fields


Whiskey’s to tough, Champagne costs too much, Vodka puts my mouth in gear. I hope this refrain, Will help me explain, As a matter of fact, I like beer. – Tom T. Hall


They say some of my stars drink whiskey, but I have found that ones who drink milkshakes don’t win many ball games. – Casey Stengel


I like whiskey. I always did, and that is why I never drink it. – Robert E. Lee


I learned early to drink beer, wine and whiskey. And I think I was about 5 when I first chewed tobacco. – Babe Ruth


Love always had my number. I could never patch a breakup together with whiskey and a one-night stand. I took them real hard. – Dierks Bentley


As they say around the Texas Legislature, if you can’t drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against ’em anyway, you don’t belong in office. – Molly Ivins


Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. P. J. – O’Rourke


We sat around and I fed them barbecue and whiskey. And pretty soon everyone started to compete with each other on the guitars. It seemed the more everyone drank and ate, the more everyone got into it. – Gary Allan


My dad worked for different companies that made whiskey for a long time, so we were definitely whiskey drinkers. Growing up, my friends would get toy cars, and I would get swag from whisky companies. – Mike Krieger


When the great jazz and blues clubs closed – joints where the cash register rang loudly and there wasn’t ESPN on TV over the bandstand, and people smoked cigarettes and drank whiskey and hollered ‘Play on!’ – When those places closed, I was pretty much done. – James McBride


Yes, it’s true I once knocked out a horse. It was at a fiesta in my mother’s home town of Guarare. Someone bet me a bottle of whiskey that I couldn’t do it. – Roberto Duran


Considering that Americans are now moving away from whiskey, moving away from brown spirits in general, I believe that they will all join Russians who drink vodka straight. They will sip it like cognac. – Roustam Tariko


I don’t eat shellfish. I drink wine moderately and have one whiskey every evening before dinner. – Norman Lloyd


For a southern belle, my grandmother was remarkably modern. She threw my grandfather out, for one thing – some kind of argument about bourbon whiskey – shortly after the birth of their third child, and then went back to school to get herself a teaching certificate. – Preston Sturges


I’m a simple man. All I want is enough sleep for two normal men, enough whiskey for three, and enough women for four. – Joel Rosenberg


We got more provisions for our whiskey than the same money, which we paid for the liquor, would have bought; so after all it proved a very profitable investment. – Buffalo Bill


Pre-show, I warm up my voice, stretch, do a little team huddle, and sometimes throw a shot of whiskey in there, too. After the show, I hang out at merch meeting people and signing things. After that, I usually try to see friends in whatever city we’re in, or if I’m super beat, listen to a podcast and pass out. – K. Flay


Wild Turkey whiskey and Philip Morris cigarettes are essential to the maintenance of human life! – Herb Kelleher


For whatever reason, I encounter Canadian whiskey at hunting camps way more often than I do in restaurants, bars, or homes. Could be the lower price. Could be the mellow character, which lends itself to long hours of fireside sipping. Or it could just be tradition. – Jonathan Miles


In the ’80s, we played the Roxy and the Whiskey with our bands. – Tony Wilson


I can’t drink whiskey like I used to back then, that’s for sure. – Sebastian Bach


I’m a whiskey drinker, but Cesaro is a coffee drinker. – Sheamus


Do you understand about water in the West? Whiskey’s for drinking; water’s for fightin’ over. – Paul Gosar


I read a little bit of nonfiction and a lot of poetry. I think of poetry as my shot of whiskey when I don’t have time to savor a whole bottle of wine. – Alice McDermott


I read a little bit of nonfiction and a lot of poetry. I think of poetry as my shot of whiskey when I don’t have time to savor a whole bottle of wine. – Alice McDermott


I love whiskey, and I’m a big fan of ‘Mad Men,’ so anything that Don Draper does, I like to do. But I want Don Draper to get back to where he was in the first season. I like him married and gallivanting around. – Charles Kelley


You put three girls in a house, and all of a sudden before you know it, you’re talking about boys and drinking whiskey, and things go down and you get deep real quick. – Katie Aselton


You pretty much can’t get away from bacon or whiskey in the South. Put a doughnut in it and you’d be good to go. – Hillary Scott


I love whiskey and haggis. I can’t get enough of either. – Kevin McKidd


Bernard always had a few prayers in the hall and some whiskey afterwards as he was rather pious. – Daisy Ashford



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