Man, being reasonable, must get drunk; the best of life is but intoxication.
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- Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter. Sermons and soda water the day after.
- Like other parties of the kind, it was first silent, then talky, then argumentative, then disputatious, then unintelligible, then altogether, then inarticulate, and then drunk. When we had reached the last step of this glorious ladder, it was difficult to get down again without stumbling.
- Man’s love is of man’s life a part; it is a woman’s whole existence. In her first passion, a woman loves her lover, in all the others all she loves is love.
- A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk.
- The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.
- What a strange thing is the propagation of life! A bubble of seed which may be spilt in a whore’s lap, or in the orgasm of a voluptuous dream, might (for aught we know) have formed a Caesar or a Bonaparte — there is nothing remarkable recorded of their sires, that I know of.