We will not know the worth of water
'til the well is dry
The Grape that can with Logic absolute,
The Two-and-Seventy jarring Sects confute
-Omar Khayyám (11-12th century), Persian astronomer, poet. The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, st. 43 (tr. by Edward FitzGerald, 1859)
Lords are lordliest in their wine
-John Milton (1608-74), English poet. Samson Agonistes (1671).
When the water of a place is bad it is safest to drink none that has not been filtered through either the berry of a grape, or else a tub of malt. These are the most reliable filters yet invented
-Samuel Butler (1835-1902), English author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks (1951, p. 255).
Personality must be accepted for what it is. You mustn't mind that a poet is a drunk, rather that drunks are not always poets
-Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Quoted in: Richard Ellman, Oscar Wilde, ch. 21 (1987), of poet Ernest Dowson.
Hide our ignorance as we will, an evening of wine soon reveals it
-Heraclitus (c. 535-c. 475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Herakleitos and Diogenes, fragment 53, pt. 1 (tr. by Guy Davenport, 1976).
Conversation did not flow with the drink; it drowned in it
-Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 22 (1968).
It appears to me that men are hired to run down men of genius under the mask of translators, but Dante gives too much of Caesar: he is not a republican
-William Blake (1757-1827), English poet, painter, engraver. Annotations to Boyd's Dante (written c. 1800; published in Complete Writings, ed. by Geoffrey Keynes, 1957).
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International business may conduct its operations with scraps of paper, but the ink it uses is human blood
-Eric Ambler (b. 1909), British novelist. Marukakis, in A Coffin for Dimitrios, ch. 5 (1939).