An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Wine is a part of society because it provides a basis not only for a morality but also for an environment; it is an ornament in the slightest ceremonials of French daily life, from the snack to the feast, from the conversation at the local cafe to the speech at a formal dinner.


Roland Barthes (1915-1980, French semiologist)


I may not here omit those two main plagues, and common dotages of human kind, wine and women, which have infatuated and besotted myriads of people. They go commonly together.


Robert Burton (1576-1640, British clergyman, scholar)


It is a maudlin and indecent verity that comes out through the strength of wine.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


This wine is too good for toast-drinking, my dear. You don't want to mix emotions up with a wine like that. You lose the taste.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


You know, my friends, with what a brave carouse I made a Second Marriage in my house; favored old barren reason from my bed, and took the daughter of the vine to spouse.


Omar Khayyam (1048-1131, Persian astronomer, poet)


Wine does not intoxicate a man -- a man intoxicates himself.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Water for oxen, wine for kings.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Nothing equals the joy of the drinker, except the joy of the wine in being drunk.


French Saying


It's a naive domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.


James Thurber (1894-1961, American humorist, illustrator)


Let your well-discerning palate (the best judge about you) travel from cellar to cellar and then from piece to piece till it has lighted on wine fit for its noble choice and my approbation.


John Wilmot (1647-1680, British courtier, poet)


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