Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil!
Shakespeare.—Othello, Act II. Scene 3. (Cassio to Iago.)

What cannot wine perform? It brings to light
The secret soul; it bids the coward fight;
Gives being to our hopes, and from our hearts
Drives the dull sorrow, and inspires new arts.
Is there a wretch whom bumpers have not taught
A flow of words, and loftiness of thought?
Even in th’ oppressive grasp of poverty
It can enlarge, and bid the soul be free.
Francis’ Horace.—Book I. Epi. V. Line 23.

The good mead did its good office.
Southey.—Madoc, Stanza 4.

Wine makes Love forget its care,
And Mirth exalts a feast.
Parnell.—Anacreontic, Verse 2.

In vino veritas; there is truth in wine.
Buckley’s Theocritus.—Page 152, quoting Erasmus.

Wine and Truth, is the saying.