Saturday, September 23, 2006

The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity. ~Author Unknown

If drinking is interfering with your work, you're probably a heavy drinker. If work is interfering with your drinking, you're probably an alcoholic. ~Author Unknown

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! ~William Shakespeare, Othello

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. ~Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

Your body is a temple, but keep the spirits on the outside. ~Author Unknown

"It is never too late to be what we might have been."
~ George Eliot ~

TW (1977): "I put a lot into 'Bad Liver and a Broken Heart'. I tried to resolve a few things as far as this cocktail-lounge, maudlin, crying-in-your-beer image that I have. There ain't nothin' funny about a drunk. You know, I was really starting to believe that there was something amusing and wonderfully American about a drunk. I ended up telling myself to cut that shit out. On top of everything else, talking about boozing substantiates the rumours that people hear about you, and people hear that I'm a drunk. So I directed that song as much to the people that listen to me and think they know me as much as I directed it to myself." (Source: "Smelling like a brewery, lookin' like a tramp". Rolling Stone: David McGee. January, 1977)
At peak times 8 out of 10 admissions to the Emergency Room are a result of drinking costing the UK £12 billion a year.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsAlcohol Concern & Prime Ministers Strategy Unit

Tom Waits (1985): "They don't want you to sober up. Even though you've kept to your word that you'd write no more booze songs… You can't really, you know, be too concerned with what people really think of you, you just kinda have to pursue your own… you're on your own adventure of growth and discovery. Like Charles Bukowski said: 'people think I'm down on 5th and Main at the Blarneystone. throwin' back shooters and smokin' a cigar, but I'm on the top floor of the health club with a towel in my lap, watchin' Johnny Carson.' So I mean, it's not always good to be where they think you are, especially if you subscribe to it as well, which is easily done coz, y'know, you don't have to figure out who you are, you just ask somebody else… "

Vices are their own punishment.

An alcoholic is anyone you don't like who drinks more than you do."
~ Dylan Thomas ~

It is easy to get a thousand prescriptions but hard to get one single remedy. ~Chinese Proverb

Near our vineyard there was a pear tree laden with fruit that was not attractive in either flavor or form. One night, when I [at the age of sixteen] had played until dark on the sandlot with some other juvenile delinquents, we went to shake that tree and carry off its fruit. From it we carried off huge loads, not to feast on, but to throw to the pigs, although we did eat a few ourselves. We did it just because it was forbidden.


- Frank Zappa

My peers, lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication--it makes them sociable. I, however, cannot force myself to use drugs to cheat on my loneliness--it is all that i have--and when the drugs and alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well.

- Franz Kafka

You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye

- Hunter S. Thompson

I don't take drugs as an escape trick, like some cheap magician on a cruise ship. I take drugs to find gold, like a greedy prospector in the backcountry. There are those who take drugs to be cool and those who take drugs to expand. I am not James Dean. I'm a balloon. And god has a mouth on my hole. And is blowing. And filling me up. And filling me up. One day I will explode. And then I will be free.

- Robert Sedlack, "The African Safari Papers"

In the course of history many more people have died for their drink and their dope than have died for their religion or their country.

- Aldous Huxley

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Self-acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Don't numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.

Inferno, Canto I, vv. 1-6
In the middle of the journey of our life
I found myself

in a dark wood
since I had lost the straight way.
Alas, how hard is to tell how this wild and

tough wood was

so that if I think back on it I become scared again!

There sighs, lamentations and loud wailings resounded through the starless air, so that at first it made me weep; strange tongues, horrible language, words of pain, tones of anger, voices loud and hoarse, and with these the sound of hands, made a tumult which is whirling through that air forever dark, and sand eddies in a whirlwind.
Dante (Alighieri)

Drink! for you know not whence you came nor why: drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.
Khayyam, Omar

There is a devil in every berry of the grape.
Koran, The

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

Alcohol is barren. The words a man speaks in the night of drunkenness fade like the darkness itself at the coming of day.
Duras, Marguerite

Alcohol doesn't console, it doesn't fill up anyone's psychological gaps, all it replaces is the lack of God. It doesn't comfort man. On the contrary, it encourages him in his folly, it transports him to the supreme regions where he is master of his own destiny.
Duras, Marguerite |

Alcohol is necessary for a man so that he can have a good opinion of himself, undisturbed be the facts.
Dunne, Finley Peter

No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation.
Duras, Marguerite

When I played drunks I had to remain sober because I didn't know how to play them when I was drunk.
Burton, Sir Richard |

It is immoral to get drunk because the headache comes after the drinking, but if the headache came first and the drunkenness afterwards, it would be moral to get drunk.
Butler, Samuel
An American Monkey after getting drunk on Brandy
would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser
than most men. (Charles Robert Darwin)

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them. ~Confucius, Analects

You see, when weaving a blanket, an Indian woman leaves a flaw in the weaving of that blanket to let the soul out. ~Martha Graham

I tried sniffing Coke once, but the ice cubes got stuck in my nose. ~Author Unknown

Reality is a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs. ~Lily Tomlin


It is difficult to live without opium after having known it because it is difficult, after knowing opium, to take earth seriously. And unless one is a saint, it is difficult to live without taking earth seriously. ~Jean Cocteau ( this one i vouch for )

He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie. ~Anais Nin

  • The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity. ~Author Unknown
  • When the wine goes in, strange things come out. ~Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, The Piccolomini, 1799
  • If drinking is interfering with your work, you're probably a heavy drinker. If work is interfering with your drinking, you're probably an alcoholic. ~Author Unknown
  • 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! ~William Shakespeare, Othello
  • First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. ~Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
  • If four or five guys tell you that you're drunk, even though you know you haven't had a thing to drink, the least you can do is to lie down a little while. ~Joseph Schenck
  • 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
  • What's drinking?
    A mere pause from thinking!
    ~George Gordon, Lord Byron, The Deformed Transformed
  • The chief reason for drinking is the desire to behave in a certain way, and to be able to blame it on alcohol. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
  • I envy people who drink - at least they know what to blame everything on. ~Oscar Levant
  • Drunkenness is temporary suicide. ~Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness
  • Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness. ~Seneca
  • My grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle. ~Henny Youngman

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. ~Ernest Hemingway

ISA 5:11  Woe to those who rise early in the morning to run after their 
drinks, who stay up late at night till they are inflamed with wine.

12 They have harps and lyres at their banquets, tambourines and flutes and
wine, but they have no regard for the deeds of the LORD, no respect for the
work of his hands.

22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing

19:14 The LORD has poured into them a spirit of dizziness; they make Egypt
stagger in all that she does, as a drunkard staggers around in his vomit.

24:9 No longer do they drink wine with a song; the beer is bitter to its

11 In the streets they cry out for wine; all joy turns to gloom, all
gaiety is banished from the earth.

28:1 Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim's drunkards, to the fading
flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley--to that
city, the pride of those laid low by wine!

3 That wreath, the pride of Ephraim's drunkards, will be trampled

7 And these also stagger from wine and reel from beer: Priests and
prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from
beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering

56:12 "Come," each one cries, "let me get wine! Let us drink our fill of
beer! And tomorrow will be like today, or even far better."

JER 25:27 "Then tell them, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of
Israel, says: Drink, get drunk and vomit, and fall to rise no more because
of the sword I will send among you.'

Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!
In the end it bites like a snake, and poisons like a viper.
Your eyes will see strange sightes and your mind imagine confusing things.
Proverbs 23: 31/33

I've got to drink: my mind keeps on working hard and fast to the point of suffering. I have to slow it down to rest it at times.

me proverbs for you.
PRO 20:1  Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by
them is not wise.
For drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in

29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who
has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?

34  You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the

35 "They hit me," you will say, "but I'm not hurt! They beat me, but I
don't feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?"

No animal ever invented anything as bad as drunkenness - 
or so good as drink.
--G. K. Chesterton

Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed.
Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the
brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer,
they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered.
Then I say to myself, 'It is better that I drink this beer and
let their dreams come true than to be selfish and worry about my liver.'
--Jack Handey

Starkle, starkle little twink, who da hell you are i think.
I'm not as drunk as some thinkle peep I am.
Besides I've only had tee martoonies and all day sober to Sunday up in.
I fool so feelish, i don't know whos me yet,
but the drunker I sit here, the longer I get.

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be
alcohol or morphine or idealism.
--Carl Gustav Jung

Treat your mind like a bad neighborhood - don't go
there alone.

“The rivers of Grace cannot blow uphill, up the steep cliff of the proud

man’s heart.” - St. Bernard

“When journeying down the long dark road, we must continue on and

never give up faith we’ll one day reach our destination – no matter how

ugly that road appears before the naked eye.”

For many, negative thinking is a habit, which over
time, becomes an addiction... A lot of people
suffer from this disease because negative thinking
is addictive to each of the Big Three -- the mind,
the body, and the emotions. If one doesn't get

you, the others are waiting in the wings.

- Peter McWilliams

Even though a number of people have tried, no one has yet found a way to drink for a living.
More Jean Kerr

I drank to drown my pain, but the damned pain learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good behavior.
More Frida Kahlo

One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.
Nancy Astor

Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough.
Mark Twain

There was an old Fellow of Trinity, A Doctor well versed in Divinity; But he took to free-thinking, And then to deep drinking, And so had to leave the vicinity.
A. C. Hilton

They [the Persians] are accustomed to deliberate on matters of the highest moment when warm with wine; but whatever they in this situation may determine is again proposed to them on the morrow, in their cooler moments, by the person in whose house they had before assembled. If at this time also it meet their approbation, it is executed; otherwise it is rejected. Whatever also they discuss when sober, is always a second time examined after they have been drinking.

Source: The Histories of Herodotus

There is this to be said in favor of drinking, that it takes the drunkard first out of society, then out of the world.
Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it's compounding a felony.