Who said, or wrote, the following winey witticisms

"A man who could sit under the shade of his own vine with his wife and his children about him and ripe clusters hanging within their reach in such a climate as this and not feel the highest enjoyment is incapable of happiness."

"A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine."

"Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil."

"I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty."

"Men should drink port, and boys, claret."

"Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker."

"Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world, and one of the natural things that has been brought to the greatest perfection. It offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing that can be purchased."

(When offered a bowl of grapes): "No thank you, I don’t take my wine in pills."

"To make a great wine one needs a madman to grow the vine, a wise man to watch over it, a lucid poet to make the wine, and a lover to drink it."

"I believe I have used alcohol more than alcohol has used me."

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  1. Gillman Ken says:

    May I add a little to your quotations quiz.

    “A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.” This is more correctly attributed to the famous gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, author of the first treatise on the arts of Gastronomy, Physiologie du goût (The Physiology of Taste) 1825.
    Your Johnson quotation [Men should drink port, and boys, claret], is a fairly loose paraphrasing of the original which, from my copy of Boswell’s Life of Johnson, reads [at dinner with Sir Joshua Reynolds, the famous artist]: “Johnson harangued upon the qualities of different liquors; and spoke with great contempt of claret, as so weak, that “a man would be drowned by it before it made him drunk.” He was persuaded to drink one glass of it, that he might judge, not from recollection, which might be dim, but from immediate sensation. He shook his head, and said, “Poor stuff! No, Sir, claret is the liquor for boys; port, for men; but he who aspires to be a hero (smiling) must drink brandy. In the first place, brandy is most grateful to the palate; and then brandy will do soonest for a man what drinking can do for him. There are, indeed, few who are able to drink brandy. That is a power rather to be wished for than attained.”

    Searching to check this I came across another excellent ‘bon mot’. JOHNSON. ‘You put it in new words, but it is an old thought. This is one of the disadvantages of wine. It makes a man mistake words for thoughts.’

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