Archive for the ‘You Said a Mouthful’ Category

Churchill on Quitting a Winner

Monday, November 30th, 2015

“Always remember that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.”

Sir Winston Churchill, whom, as The Economist notes, spent approximately £1,160 each year on wine (a mere £104,400 when adjusted for inflation). He was born on this day in 1874.

Bonfiglioli on Proper Proportions

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

“Jock was at my side in a twinkling, forcing one of his famous brandy-and-sodas into my nerveless fingers. (The secret of Jock’s famous b-and-s’s is that he makes them without soda: it is a simple skill, easily learnt.)”

— Kyril Bonfiglioli, The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery

Block on Fish and Poison

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

“You drink like a goddamn fish,” Charlie said.
“That’s nothing. I swim like an alcoholic.”

— Lawrence Block, writing as Sheldon Lord, 69 Barrow Street

“He got the hell away from Sondra’s place and the Gila Monster and found a bar, a nice ordinary bar where the customers were quiet, clean-shaven alcoholics and liquor was the only poison used on the premises.”

— Lawrence Block, writing as Ben Christopher, Strange Embrace

Ballard on Thirds

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

“I finished my Scotch, already thinking not of the next drink, but of the one after that.”

— J. G. Ballard, Millennium People

Hastie on Literary Tastes

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

“It tastes like licking a library book from 1964.”

— John Hastie, after drinking Jeppson’s Malört

Willeford on Greed

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

“I give you a beer, and now you want an egg in it, for Christ’s sake.”

— Charles Willeford, Sideswipe

Roger Sterling on Those Who No Longer Drink

Monday, November 15th, 2010

“They’re so self-righteous. I never pissed my pants. This guy killed a man with a motorboat. You know what gets you over something like that? Drinking.”

 — Roger Sterling, Sterling’s Gold

Embury on the Well-Made Cocktail

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

“The well-made cocktail is that most gracious of drinks. It pleases the senses. The shared delight of those who partake in common of this refreshing nectar breaks the ice of formal reserve. Taut nerves relax; taut muscles relax; tired eyes brighten; tongues loosen; friendships deepen; the whole world become a better place in which to live.”

— David A. Embury

(with thanks to “The” Steve Carey)

Willeford on Wild Turkey

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

“I’m really sorry about her condition — ”
“Don’t be. The world would look better if everybody drank a glassful of Wild Turkey in the morning.”

— Charles Willeford, New Hope for the Dead

Davis on Glove Compartments

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

“A cigarette and a drink would taste good, he thought, damned good. There had to be a bottle in the glove compartment — and who keeps gloves in glove compartments and trunks in trunk compartments — and he willed a bottle to be in the glove compartment and there was. He swallowed some of the stuff and laughed because it burned his throat.”

— Jada M. Davis, One for Hell