A prominent English clergyman recently made this observation: "My experience as a prison chaplain makes me look upon crime simply as condensed alcohol."—Selected
First the man takes a drink,
Then the drink takes a drink,
Then the drink takes the man.—Japanese Proverb
Drink has drained more blood,
Hung more crepe, Sold more houses,
Plunged more people into bankruptcy,
Armed more villains,
Slain more children,
Snapped more wedding rings,
Defiled more innocence
Blinded more eyes,
Twisted more limbs,
Dethroned more reason,
Wrecked more manhood
Dishonored more womanhood,
Broken more hearts,
Blasted more lives,
Driven more suicide, and
Dug more graves than any other poisoned scourge that ever swept its death-dealing waves across the world.—Evangeline Booth
While a missionary was urging a native to examine the claims of Christianity, two drunken English soldiers staggered by. "See," said the native, "do you wish me to be like that? As a Mohammedan I could not; as a Christian I might."—Gough
During the financial depression of the 30's Roger Babson said, "We have discovered that in America, of families not on relief, four out of five have no members of the family who drink. Of families on relief, four out of five have members of the family who drink."—Selected
Sir Edward Carson, a particularly brilliant English lawyer, was prosecuting a case. Questioning the accused, he asked: "Do you drink?" "That's my business," was the curt reply. "Have you any other business?" retorted Sir Edward —to the merriment of the courtroom.
But there is no merriment that goes with the knowledge we have of some men who are so frequently drunk, so constantly under the influence of the bottle, that they have been accused of being bom drunk. A character in a book that speaks of twice born men was called "Old Born Drunk."
The Bible speaks of those who seem not to believe that "wine is a mocker" or that "strong drink is raging" (Proverbs 20:1). "They who tarry long at the wine" have woe, have sorrow, have contentions, have babblings, have wounds without cause, and have redness of eyes (Proverbs 23: 29,30).
'Tis known of this great statesman, in his state of Oklahoma, and in Washington, D.C, that he isn't quite as irate these days about capitol "cocktail binges," but he still thinks it is better to drink tomato juice. When the multimillionaire Oklahoma Democrat first arrived in the capital, he loosed a blast at drinking in the capital. He made such statements as: "Alcohol has cost more money, destroyed more property, killed more people and created more ill health and human suffering than all of the wars in the history of the human race."
He still doesn't like the way lawmakers, officials, lobbyists, and social leaders gather over cocktails to talk about government work. He's still being invited to them, and when he goes he's still drinking tomato juice. But he has no missionary zeal to change their ways. He admitted his attacks on such parties did not have much effect.
No, most liquor drinkers, beer guzzlers, and wine bibbers have deaf ears and stubborn wills and shallow brains as to what wise people say about raging strong drink, wicked wine, and befuddling beer.
They do not want to be told that they are lovers of liquor more than lovers of God — in a land where there is one liquor outlet for every eighty American homes and one for every twelve farms. Yet all who think, know that strong drink has never touched an individual that it did not leave an indelible stain, never touched a home that it did not plant the seeds of dissolution and misery, never touched a community that it did not lower the moral tone. It never touched a government that it did not plant seeds of treason and increase the nation's problems.
He who goes to bed, and goes to bed sober,
Falls as the leaves do, and dies in October;
But he who goes to bed, and does so mellow,
Lives as he ought to, and dies a good fellow.—Parody on Fletcher.
I drink when I have occasion, and sometimes when I have no occasion.—Cervantes.
I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking. I could wish courtesy would invent some other custom of entertainment.—Shakespeare.
The Frenchman loves his native wine;
The German loves his beer;
The Englishman loves his 'alf and 'alf,
Because it brings good cheer;
The Irishman loves his "whiskey straight,"
Because it gives him dizziness;
The American has no choice at all,
So he drinks the whole blamed business.
A young Englishman came to Washington and devoted his days and nights to an earnest endeavor to drink all the Scotch whiskey there was. He couldn't do it, and presently went to a doctor, complaining of a disordered stomach.
"Quit drinking!" ordered the doctor.
"But, my dear sir, I cawn't. I get so thirsty."
"Well," said the doctor, "whenever you are thirsty eat an apple instead of taking a drink."
The Englishman paid his fee and left. He met a friend to whom he told his experience.
"Bally rot!" he protested. "Fawncy eating forty apples a day!"