Famous Quotes – Statesmen and Philosophers

“Bronze is the mirror of the form; wine, of the heart.”
– Aeschylus, Fragment 384. Bartlett’s Quotations, 1901 edition.
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“If all be true that I do think, There are five reasons we should drink: Good wine – a friend – or being dry – or lest we should be by and by – Or any other reason why.”
– Henry Aldrich, Five Reasons for Drinking. Columbia Dictionary of Quotations, 1995.
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“Good wine is a necessity of life for me.”
– Thomas Jefferson.
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“I think it is a great error to consider a heavy tax on wines as a tax on luxury. On the contrary, it is a tax on the health of our citizens.”
– Thomas Jefferson.
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“We could in the United States make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good.”
– Thomas Jefferson, Smithsonian Museum, 1996.
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“‘I think it would be well,’ he told John Adlum, ‘to push the culture of that grape [a black grape, the Alexander] without losing time and effort in search of foreign vines, which it will take centuries to adapt to our soil and climate.'”
– Thomas Jefferson, Smithsonian Museum, 1996.
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“I have lived temperately . . . I double the doctor’s recommendation of a glass and a half of wine each day and even treble it with a friend.”
– Thomas Jefferson.
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“Jefferson ran the place with only eleven servants (Abigail Adams had needed 30!), brought up from Monticello. There were no more powdered wigs, much less ceremony. Washington and Adams, according to Republican critics, had kept up almost a royal court. Jefferson substituted Republican simplicity – to a point. He had a French chef, and French wines he personally selected. His salary was $25,000 per year – a princely sum, but the expenses were also great. In 1801 Jefferson spent $6500 for provisions and groceries, $2700 for servants (some of whom were liveried), $500 for Lewis’s salary, and $3,000 for wine.”
– Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, 1997.
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“‘In vino veritas,’ said the sage…. Before Noah, men having only water to drink, could not find the truth. Accordingly … they became abominably wicked, and they were justly exterminated by the water they loved to drink. This good man, Noah, having seen that all his contemporaries had perished by this unpleasant drink, took a dislike to it; and God, to relieve his dryness, created the vine and revealed to him the art of making ‘le vin’ By the aid of this liquid, he revealed more and more truth.”
– Attributed to Benjamin Franklin in Bottled Wisdom, compiled and edited by Mark Pollman, 1998.
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“Take counsel in wine, but resolve afterwards in water.”
– Benjamin Franklin: Poor Richard’s Almanac.
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“‘Twas Noah who first planted the vine and mended his Morals by drinking its wine.”
– Attributed to Benjamin Franklin.
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“We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy. The miracle in question was only performed to hasten the operation, undercircumstances of necessity, which required it.
– Attributed to Benjamin Franklin.
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“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.”
– Attributed to Benjamin Franklin.
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“Alonso of Aragon was wont to say in commendation of age, that age appears to be best in four things: old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.”
– Francis Bacon, Apothegms, 1624, Bartlett’s Quotations 1901 edition.
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“I have enjoyed great health at a great age because everyday since I can remember I have consumed a bottle of wine except when I have not felt well. Then I have consumed two bottles.”
– Attributed to a Bishop of Seville.
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“Hardly did it appear, than from my mouth it passed into my heart.”
– Abbe de Challieu, 1715, upon first tasting Champagne; Wine on Line.
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“A single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced; the imagination is stirred, the wits become more nimble.”
– Attributed to Winston Churchill in Bottled Wisdom, compiled and edited by Mark Pollman, 1998.
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“Only in regard to wine did he have no limits.”
– Confucius, Analects, Book 10, quoted in Bartlett’s Quotations, Centennial Edition, 1955.
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“Wine is an appropriate article for mankind, both for the healthy body and for the ailing man.”
– Attributed to Hippocrates.
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“Beer is made by men, wine by God!”
– Attributed to Martin Luther.
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“He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long.”
– Attributed to Martin Luther; probably J. H. Voss.
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“Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.”
– Napoleon.
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“Clearly, the pleasures wines afford are transitory – but so are those of the ballet, or of a musical performance. Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living.”
– Napoleon.
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“Fermentation is correlative with life. Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.”
– Attributed to Louis Pasteur.
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“Boys should abstain from all use of wine until their eighteenth year, for it is wrong to add fire to fire.”
– Plato, Laws, II. Dictionary of Quotations, Bergen Evans, 1968.
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“In vino veritas [In wine is truth].”
– Proverb quoted by Plato, Symposium 217, Bartlett’s Quotations 1901 edition.
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“No thing is more excellent nor more valuable than wine was ever granted mankind by God.”
– Attributed to Plato.
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“What is better adapted than the festive use of wine in the first place to test and in the second place to train the character of a man, if care be taken in the use of it? What is there cheaper or more innocent?”
– Plato, Bartlett’s Quotations, Centennial Edition, 1955.
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“Wine is a composition of mood and light.”
– Galileo
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“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”
– Galileo
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“Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.”
– Attributed to Pope John XXIII
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“You can be killed, you can be deprived of wine until the end of your days; but no God, no man, can take from you the last sliding residue of a Bordeaux on your tongue. . . . It is a pure event.”
– Attributed to Jean-Paul Sartre.
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“Champagne, the great civilizer.”
– Attributed to Talleyrand in Bottled Wisdom, compiled and edited by Mark Pollman, 1998.
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“There is no gladness without wine.”
– Babylonian Talmud: Pesachim.
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“Up to the age of forty eating is beneficial.”
– After forty, drinking. The Talmud.
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“Wherever wine is lacking, medicines become necessary.”
– The Talmud.
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“Wine nourishes, refreshes and cheers.”
– The Talmud.
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“Wine will make a man intelligent.”
– Babylonian Talmud: Joma.
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“Then sing as Martin Luther sang, As Doctor Martin Luther sang: Who loves not wine, woman and song, He is a fool his whole life long.”
– Attributed to W. M. Thackeray, A Credo.
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“The wine of Love is music, And the feast of Love is song: And when Love sits down to the banquet, Love sits long.”
– James Thomson, The Vine, Stanza 1. Bartlett’s Quotations, Centennial Edition, 1955.
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“Wine is the divine juice of September.”
– Francois Voltaire.
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“The French regard wine as a national possession all their very own, just like their 360 varieties of cheese and their culture.”
– Roland Barthes, quoted in The Essential Wine Buff, edited by Jennifer Taylor, 1996.
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“Writing in my sixty-fourth year, I can truthfully say that since I reached the age of discretion I have consistently drunk more than most people would say is good for me. Nor did I regret it. Wine has been for me a firm friend and a wise counselor. Often…wine has shown me matters in their true perspective, and has, as though by the touch of a magic wand, reduced great disasters to small inconveniences. Wine has lit up for me the pages of literature, and revealed in life romance lurking in the commonplace. Wine has made me bold but not foolish; has induced me to say silly things but not to do them.”
– Duff Cooper, Old Men Forget.
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