Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water. W.C. Fields

I drink to make other people interesting. George Jean Nathan (1882-1958), drama critic and editor

Oh, whiskey, if you were a woman I’d fight you and I’d win, Lord knows I would… Oh, whiskey, if you were a woman I’d drive you from his tangled mind for good. “Whiskey, If You Were a Woman,” Highway…

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Civilization begins with distillation. William Faulkner (from today’s NYT Travel story about Oxford, Miss., his adopted hometown)

I’ll admit I may have seen better days, but I’m still not to be had for the price of a cocktail, like a salted peanut. Margo Channing (Bette Davis), “All About Eve” (1950). The great Bette Davis died on Oct….

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Work is the curse of the drinking classes. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), playwright, novelist, poet and editor

You know, William, that’s what one Hubert Humphrey said back in 1968 at the start of the Democratic National Convention. But then hippies put acid in everyone’s bourbon, and when an updraft revealed Lady Bird Johnson’s tramp stamp, and tattoos…

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Eww.” Buffy, after Spike offers her his flask. Spike: “It’s not blood. It’s bourbon.” Buffy: “Ewww. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997-2003). Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to series television tomorrow night at 9 in “Ringer” on The CW.

I heard some woman comment that you don’t need ice for bourbon, and it’s strong and powerful, and people want to be, I guess, mellow. Dominick Tutrone, owner of Henry Street Wines & Liquors in Brooklyn, who had nearly sold…

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Last night I broke the seal on a Jim Beam decanter That looks like Elvis… “The King Is Gone (And So Are You)” – George Jones