A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk.
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- There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.
- There are some sluggish men who are improved by drinking; as there are fruits that are not good until they are rotten.
- Nobody can write the life of a man but those who have eat and drunk and lived in social intercourse with him.
- Man, being reasonable, must get drunk; the best of life is but intoxication.
- Most Americans are born drunk, and really require a little wine or beer to sober them. They have a sort of permanent intoxication from within, a sort of invisible champagne. Americans do not need to drink to inspire them to do anything, though they do sometimes, I think, need a little for the deeper and more delicate purpose of teaching them how to do nothing.
- It is the great privilege of poverty to be happy and yet unenvied, to be healthy with physic, secure without a guard, and to obtain from the bounty of nature what the great and wealthy are compelled to procure by the help of art.