— Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 6: The Cynics, Diogenes, 6.
„[…] I observed he [Samuel Johnson] poured a large quantity of it [wine] into a glass, and swallowed it greedily. Everything about his character and manners was forcible and violent; there never was any moderation; many a day did he fast, many a year did he refrain from wine; but when he did eat, it was voraciously; when he did drink wine, it was copiously. He could practise abstinence, but not temperance.“
— Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240
„To the question what wine he found pleasant to drink, he replied, "That for which other people pay."“
— Diogenes of Sinope ancient Greek philosopher, one of the founders of the Cynic philosophy -404 - -322 př. n. l.
Quoted by Diogenes Laërtius, Diogenes Laërtius, vi. 54
— Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson, Vol 2
„The old man … received the Sabbath with sweet song and chanted the hallowing tunefully over raisin wine; while it was still day he hallowed and the sun came to gaze at his glass. … The table was well spread with all manner of fruit, beans, greenstuffs and good pies, plum water tasting like wine, but of flesh and of fish there was never a sign. … in truth it is in no way obligatory to eat flesh and fish … He and she, meaning the old man and the old woman, had never tasted flesh since growing to maturity.“
— Shmuel Yosef Agnon Israeli Hebrew writer, Nobel laureate in Literature 1888 - 1970
The Bridal Canopy https://books.google.it/books?id=wg4WAAAAMAAJ, translated by I. M. Lask, New York: Literary Guild of America, 1937, p. 222.
„When I spoke about Bond with Fleming, he said that when the character was conceived, Bond was a very simple, straightforward, blunt instrument of the police force, a functionary who would carry out his job rather doggedly. But he also had a lot of idiosyncrasies that were considered snobbish -- such as a taste for special wines, et cetera. But if you take Bond in the situations that he is constantly involved with, you see that it is a very hard, high, unusual league that he plays in. Therefore he is quite right in having all his senses satisfied -- be it sex, wine, food or clothes -- because the job, and he with it, may terminate at any minute. But the virtues that Amis mentions -- loyalty, honesty -- are there, too.“
— Sean Connery Scottish actor and producer 1930
PLAYBOY interview November 1965.
„If a man go into the London Docks sober without means of getting drunk, and comes out of one of the cellars very drunk wherein are a million gallons of wine, I think that would be reasonable evidence that he had stolen some of the wine in that cellar, though you could not prove that any wine was stolen, or any wine was missed.“
— William Henry Maule British politician 1788 - 1858
Reg. v. Burton (1854), Dearsly's C. C. 284.
„When I cannot stand alone, it will be time to die," he mumbled, through mashed lips. "But I'd like a flagon of wine.“
— Robert E. Howard American author 1906 - 1936
"Rogues in the House" (1934)
„Does anyone bathe in a mighty little time? Don't say that he does it ill, but in a mighty little time. Does anyone drink a great quantity of wine? Don't say that he does ill, but that he drinks a great quantity. For, unless you perfectly understand the principle from which anyone acts, how should you know if he acts ill? Thus you will not run the hazard of assenting to any appearances but such as you fully comprehend.“
— Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138
The Enchiridion (c. 135), 45
„He read at wine, he read in bed, He read aloud, had he the breath, His every thought was with the dead, And so he read himself to death.“
— F. Scott Fitzgerald American novelist and screenwriter 1896 - 1940
Quoted, Tales of the Jazz Age (1922), "Tarquin of Cheapside"
„The hotel wasn't that empty, however. Soon an old man walked unsteadily out of the nearby lounge and plopped himself into a big easy chair beside the piano. There, he slowly sipped his wine and watched me play. I felt distracted and uneasy, trapped on the bench where at any moment he might request one of his favourite tunes, one I most likely did not know how to play. […] He said me: Who will play your music if you don't do it yourself?“
— Michael Jones
Michael Jones (1995) Creating an Imaginative Life. Excerpts http://www.pianoscapes.com/pdfs/WhoWillPlayYourMusic.pdf at pianoscapes.com
„This is nothing against Sir Alex whatsoever. After the game on Wednesday we were together in my office and we spoke and drank wine. Unfortunately it was a very bad bottle of wine and he was complaining, so when we go to Old Trafford for the second leg, on my birthday, I will take a beautiful bottle of Portuguese wine.“
— José Mourinho Portuguese association football player and manager 1963
Chelsea FC, http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/chelsea/4175077.stm
„For singing till his heaven fills,
'Tis love of earth that he instils,
And ever winging up and up,
Our valley is his golden cup,
And he the wine which overflows
To lift us with him as he goes.“
— George Meredith British novelist and poet of the Victorian era 1828 - 1909
The Lark Ascending http://www.ev90481.dial.pipex.com/Meredith/lark_ascending.htm, l. 65-70 (1881).
— Tao Yuanming Chinese poet 365 - 427
Context: In former days I wanted wine to drink; The wine this morning fills the cup in vain. I see the spring mead with its floating foam, And wonder when to taste of it again. The feast before me lavishly is spread, My relatives and friends beside me cry. I wish to speak but lips can shape no voice, I wish to see but light has left my eye. I slept of old within the lofty hall, Amidst wild weeds to rest I now descend. When once I pass beyond the city gate I shall return to darkness without end. Second of three poems ("Three Dirges") written by Tao Yuanming in 427, the same year he died at the age of 63, and often read as poems written for his own funeral. John Minford and Joseph S. M. Lau (eds.), Classical Chinese Literature: An Anthology of Translations (2000), p. 513
„What did Christ really do? He hung out with hard-drinking fishermen. And when they asked him, "Why are you hanging out with prostitutes and fishermen?" he said, "Because they need me."“
— Iggy Pop American rock singer-songwriter, musician, and actor 1947
Rolling Stone interview (2003), Context: As society has changed, what had formerly been unacceptable has become colorful, even the broken-glass thing. Although, you know, there's an archetypal element to that anyway.... It's about the blood... The Christians used that riff with Christ. What did Christ really do? He hung out with hard-drinking fishermen. And when they asked him, "Why are you hanging out with prostitutes and fishermen?" he said, "Because they need me." What a line, you know? But what your martial society really wants is blood. We need some blood. We need some suffering. Like, the individual must suffer for the good of the whole. I toy around with that. Early on, I wasn't looking at Jesus Christ, saying to myself, "What an angle." I wasn't trying to be Christ-y. But, after all, on one level, this is showbiz. On his stage performances, including acts where he would crawl and roll on broken glass.
„“They say wine will kill you slowly.” He nodded his head solemnly. “But that’s all right, we’re in no hurry.”“
— Sean Russell author 1952
World Without End (1995), Chapter 12 (p. 173)
„He who desires a lifetime of happiness with a beautiful woman desires to enjoy the taste of wine by keeping his mouth always full of it.“
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
1900s, Maxims for Revolutionists (1903), #105
— Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546