Words of Wisdom from the Ages

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Words of Wisdom from the Ages

Byline: Mary Ross

Even before the ancients said, "In wine there is truth," we have sung the virtues and the vagaries. of wine. If Mother Wit leaves you in the lurch for a toast or vinous quote, you may borrow from the ages:

"Wine measurably drank, and in the season, bringeth gladness to the heart and cheerfulness to the mind." - Ecclesiasticus 31:28

"Beer is made by men; wine by God." - Martin Luther, German scholar and reformer, 1483-1546

"Wouldn't it be terrible if I quoted some reliable statistics which prove that more people are driven insane by religious hysteria than by drinking alcohol?" - W.C. Fields, American wit, 1880-1946

"Better sleep with a sober animal than a drunken Christian." - Herman Melville, American author, 1819-91

"Drink moderately, for drunkenness neither keeps a secret, nor observes a promise." -Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish novelist, 1547-1617.

Wine and Culture

"I can no more separate my life and wine ... than I can remember living before I breathed." - American novelist M.F.K. Fischer

"No poem was ever written by a drinker of water." - Homer, Greek epic poet, 8th century B.C.

"I like best the wine drunk at cost to others." - Diogenes, Greek philosopher, 412-323 BC

"And Noah, he often said to his wife when they sat down to dine, 'I don't care where the water goes, if it doesn't get into the wine.' " - Gilbert Keith Chesteron, English critic and novelist, 1874-1946.

"Take this he said, and held aloft

A vine stock branching fair.

Heaven's noblest gift to humankind

Entrusted to thy care.

Go plant it on the sunny hills,

For health and length of days,

And press its fruit for joyous drinks

And the Creator's praise." - Anonymous.

"To take wine into our mouths is to savor a droplet of human history." - Cliff Fadiman, American author, 1904-

"Wine is alive, and when you offer it to your fellow man you are offering him life. More than that, you are calling out more life in him, you are engaging what might be called a creative flattery, for you are asking him to summon up his powers of discrimination, to exercise his taste, or perhaps to evince curiosity or a desire to learn. I know of no other liquid that, placed in the mouth, forces once to think." - Cliff Fadiman, "The Joys of Wine"

"Wine improves with age - I like it more the older I get.

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