The lunch dragged on a long while. The first bottle of champagne was followed by another, a third, and even a fourth... Evdoksya chattered without pause; Sitnikov seconded her. They discussed at length the question whether marriage was a prejudice or a crime, and whether men were born equal or not, and precisely what individuality consists in. Things reached the point that Evdoksya, flushed from the wine she had drunk, tapped with her blunt nails on the keys of a dischordant piano, and began to sing... Sitnikov tied a scarf round his head, and represented the dying lover at the words -- "And thy lips to mine/ In burning kiss entwine..." Finally Arkady could not stand it. "Gentlemen, this has turned into something like bedlam."
If you want to know where God is, ask a drunk.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
Drink not the third glass, which thou canst not tame,/ When once it is within thee.
Then comes the question, how do drugs, hygiene, and animal magnetism heal? It may be affirmed that they do not heal, but only relieve suffering temporarily, exchanging one disease for another.
A drug is neither moral or immoral -- it's a chemical compound. The compound itself is not a menace to society until a human being treats it as if consumption bestowed a temporary license to act like an a.hole.
There is only one reason why men become addicted to drugs, they are weak men. Only strong men are cured, and they cure themselves.
In our society we get to know each other over drinks, we associate feast and celebrations with liquor. We think we have to drink, that it's a social necessity... It's romantic as long as you can handle it.
<who said what & when>
- Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons (serialized in 1862 in The Russian Herald; translated by Matlaw, 1966; second edition, 1989)
- Charles Bukowski, Notes of a Dirty Old Man (1969)
- Martin H. Fischer, Fischerisms (1944)
- George Herbert, "The Church-Porch," in The Temple (1633)
- Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (1875)
- Frank Zappa, The Real Frank Zappa Book (1989)
- Carl Gustav Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1962)
- Betty Ford, with Chris Chase, The Terms of My Life (1978)