Addiction (45)
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       Drugs (2)
       Other (3)
       Smoking (7)

In the order named, these are the hardest to control: Wine, Women, and Song.
Franklin P. Adams

Those dry Martinis did the work for me;
Last night at twelve I felt immense,
Today I feel like thirty cents.
My eyes are bleared, my coppers hot,
I'll try to eat, but I cannot.
It is no time for mirth and laughter,
The cold, grey dawn of the morning after.

George Ade

I love a Martini, said Mabel,
I only have two at the most,
After three, I am under the table,
After four, I am under my host.

A Christmas Cracker

If the soup had been as warm as the wine, and the wine as old as the fish, and the fish as young as the maid, and the maid as willing as the hostess, it would have been a very good meal.
BBC Radio Quote ... Unquote

I only drink on two occasions - when I'm thirsty and when I'm not.
Brendan Behan

Most British statesmen have either drunk too much or womanised too much. I never fell into the second category.
George Brown

One evening in October, when I was one-third sober,
An' taking home a load with manly pride;
My poor feet began to stutter, so I lay down in the gutter,
And a pig came up an' lay down by my side;
Then we sang It's all fair weather when good fellows get together,
Till a lady passing by was heard to say:
You can tell a man who boozes by the company he chooses
And the pig got up and slowly walked away.

Benjamin Hapgood Burt

My country, right or wrong is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, My mother, drunk or sober.
G. K. Chesterton

When I was younger, I made it a rule never to take a strong drink before lunch. It is now my rule never to do so before breakfast.
Winston Churchill

My heart to thy heart,
My hand to thine,
My lips to thy lips,
Kisses are wine ...

Paul Dunbar

A man shouldn't fool with booze until he's fifty; then he's a damn fool if he doesn't.
William Faulkner

I always keep a supply of stimulant handy in case I see a snake - which I also keep handy.
W. C. Fields

I was in love with a beautiful blonde once, dear. She drove me to drink. That's the one thing I'm indebted to her for.
W. C. Fields

Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. Have I tried it? Um, probably in one of my drunken stupors.
Remarks to reporters on November 5, 2013.
Rob Ford

If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving, you don't actually live longer; it just seems longer.
Clement Freud

Wine hath drowned more men than the sea.
Thomas Fuller

It's the classic case of being at the party too early. Nobody was there yet and nobody had had a drink. By the time we got there, the party was raging.
Mark Getty

I like liquor - its taste and its effects - and that is just the reason why I never drink it.
Stonewall Jackson

Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup
And I'll not look for wine.

Ben Jonson

What's the use of getting sober, when you're gonna get drunk again?
Louis Jordan

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing. At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or perhaps, hard to want to take it in.
C. S. Lewis

Prohibition makes you want to cry in your beer, and denies you the beer to cry into.
Don Marquis

Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go round twice as fast.
Compton Mackenzie

I've made it a rule never to drink by daylight and never to refuse a drink after dark.
H. L. Mencken

Is dandy
But liquor
Is quicker.

Ogden Nash

Not drunk is he who from the floor
Can rise alone and still drink more;
But drunk is he who prostrate lies,
Without the power to drink or rise.

Thomas Love Peacock

There are two reasons for drinking: one is, when you are thirsty, to cure it; the other, when you are not thirsty, to prevent it.
Thomas Love Peacock

I'm only a beer teetotaller, not a champagne teetotaller.
George Bernard Shaw

F. E. Smith:
He was drunk as a judge.
The expression as I have always understood it is sober as a judge. Perhaps you mean as drunk as a lord?
F. E. Smith:
Yes, my lord.

F. E. Smith

An alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks as much as you do.
Dylan Thomas

I don't have a drink problem except when I can't get one.
Tom Waits

When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.
Henny Youngman

Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. Have I tried it? Um, probably in one of my drunken stupors.
Remarks to reporters on November 5, 2013.
Rob Ford

Words must surely be counted among the most powerful drugs man ever invented.
Leo Rosten

Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that carry them apart.

Life is a series of baby steps along the way and if you add up these tiny little steps you take toward your goal, whatever it is, whether it's giving up something, a terrible addiction or trying to work your way through an illness. When you total up those baby steps you'd be amazed over the course of 10 years, the strides you've taken.
Hoda Kotb

Powerful indeed is the empire of habit.
Publilius Syrus


At 66 Sandringham Crescent
an upright piano was being eased down
a long flight of stairs by three men
all wearing off-white overalls.
Backward, staccato, two stepped
till the taller of the two men
began to collapse in slow

slow slow motion
and the piano
to the hallway's rising floor
crashing its memories of music:
simple tunes such as 3 Blind Mice,
as well as great meaningful sonatas
of profundity and faraway,
into a scattered anarchic jigsaw
of free-loving volatile
meaningless sounds
till the stricken piano
lost its memory entirely.

After the ambulance arrived (too late)
one removal man lit a cigarette
and sensing the wide-awake stare
of the householder

tapped the grey ash, with great delicacy,
into the cupped hollow of his left hand.

Running Late
Dannie Abse

If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving, you don't actually live longer; it just seems longer.
Clement Freud

I understand, of course, that many people find smoking objectionable. That is their right. I would, I assure you, be the very last to criticize the annoyed. I myself find many - even most - things objectionable. Being offended is the natural consequence of leaving one's home. I do not like aftershave lotion, adults who roller-skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. I do not, however, go around enacting legislation and putting up signs. In private I avoid such people; in public they have the run of the place. I stay at home as much as possible, and so should they. When it is necessary, however, to go out of the house, they must be prepared, as I am, to deal with the unpleasant personal habits of others. That is what public means.
Fran Lebowitz

Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times.
Mark Twain

It has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep and never to refrain when awake.
Mark Twain

More than one cigar at a time is excessive smoking.
Mark Twain

To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did; I ought to know because I've done it a thousand times.
Mark Twain