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Great Quotes from Beer History

We’re not the only guys and gals to ever love us some great beer.  Beer has been a pleasure and an inspiration to humans of all walks of life for thousands of years.  As proof, here are some quotes about beer from famous folks through the generations.

Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. I think, “It is better to drink his beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”

-Babe Ruth

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“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”

-Lyndon B. Johnson

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“When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.”

-Paul Horning

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“24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not.”

-H. L. Mencken

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“When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let’s all get drunk and go to heaven!”

-George Bernard Shaw

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“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

-Benjamin Franklin

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“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”

-Dave Barry

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Remember “I” before “E,” except in Budweiser.

-Professor Irwin Corey

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To some it’s a six-pack, to me it’s a Support Group Salvation in a can!

-Leo Durocher

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“Well, ya see, Norm, it’s like this. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members! In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine! That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

-Cliff Clavin

Thanks to our Beer & Whiskey (and Wine I guess – she lives in France) sister Wendi for passing these along.

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31 Comments on “Great Quotes from Beer History”

  1. September 16, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    “If you haven’t found a beer you like, you haven’t tried enough. There is a beer for everyone! ”

    -Peter Kennedy, Simply Beer

    • September 16, 2010 at 10:42 am #

      Ha ha – your own quote – I love it!

      here’s mine: “If you don’t like this beer, keep drinking it. Eventually you won’t remember!”

    • Paulette
      September 16, 2010 at 11:05 am #

      that’s my motto! good one!

      • September 16, 2010 at 11:07 am #

        I agree there’s a beer for everyone. Unfortunately a lot of folks stop at Bud 😦

  2. Jeff Schwartz
    September 16, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    ‘Aristotle, Aristotle was a beggar for the bottle,
    Hobbes was fond of his dram,
    And Rene Descartes was a drunken fart, “I drink therefore I am.”‘
    -Monty Python

    • September 16, 2010 at 10:44 am #

      That’s a classic Jeff.

      Don’t know why, but it reminds me of Zappa’s famous beer quote:
      “You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.”

  3. September 16, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Posted this one just the other day:

    “All I want to do today is experience exceptionally crafted beer. Oh wait … that’s what I want to do every day. Nevermind.”

    — BeerPoet

    • September 16, 2010 at 11:03 am #

      I like it when you guys refer to yourselves in the third person. Very classy. 🙂

  4. Don
    September 16, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    Remember to always…Keep in good spirits and keep the good spirits in ya…

    –Whiskey Brother Don

  5. Don
    September 16, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    “Filled with mingled cream and amber I will drain that glass again. Such hilarious visions clamber Through the chambers of my brain — Quaintest thoughts — queerest fancies Come to life and fade away; Who cares how time advances? I am drinking ale today.”

    –Edgar Allen Poe

    • September 16, 2010 at 11:23 am #

      Pretty highbrow, big bro. Nice to know you and Mr. Poe share the same kind of fancies.

      • Don
        September 16, 2010 at 11:39 am #

        Love me some Poe. I mean just look at how he expressed himself. No one else had that perspective.

    • Brandon
      September 16, 2010 at 11:35 am #

      First time I’ve seen “quaintest” and “queerest” together in one paragraph. Not sure I like it. I do like this quote though:

      “A woman drove me to drink and I didn’t even have the decency to thank her.”
      -W.C. Fields

      • September 16, 2010 at 11:37 am #

        Nice quote Brandon. And a lot less quaint/queer than Don’s.

      • Don
        September 16, 2010 at 11:40 am #

        Heck, Brandon, they were in the same sentence with just one word separating them! Great stuff.

  6. Marvin
    September 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    I have to nit pick, just because, well it’s me. The beer quote from Ben Franklin is a misquote. He was a wine guy and had said this almost exact same thing about wine. Some ad agency got a hole of it and changed to to beer. I do not know why it bothers me when people quote it, as it is a good one either way, but it does. So there I got it out of the way.

    As for some of my favourite drinking quotes.

    “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.” ~Frank Sinatra

    “I’d rather be a good liver than have one” ~unknown

    “Everybody has to believe in something…..I believe I’ll have another drink.” ~W.C. Fields

    W.C. fields is good for a lot of quotes.

    • September 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

      Funny, that Sinatra quote id in the post, but it was attributed to LBJ. Maybe they both said it while waiting for Kennedy to finish up with Marilyn Monroe.

      • Marvin
        September 16, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

        Excellent.

      • Marvin
        September 16, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

        Yeah I was scanning, did not see it was quoted already. Man, I had 2 fails in reading this now…

    • Kevin M
      September 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

      I’d hate to nit pick, too, but the quote by “Babe Ruth” is actually one of Jack Handey’s “Deep Thoughts” from SNL.

      • September 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

        Sounds about right, Kev.

  7. Marvin
    September 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    This is long but I HAD to post this. It amuses me and I had forgotten about it.

    “Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this… A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first.

    This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.

    In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine.

    That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.” ~Cliff Clavin

    • Don
      September 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

      Marvin, that is the last quote on this post. Did you read the directions in class as a kid? I’m betting not!

      • Marvin
        September 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

        No, lol I did not. I stopped at Franklin and started my tirade. You can remove it if you like.

  8. September 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    These are great beer quotes too!

    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
    – some guy

    A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.
    -Joseph Stalin

    Life is pleasant.
    Death is peaceful.
    It’s the transition that’s troublesome
    -Jimi Hendrix

    • Kevin M
      September 16, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

      I’m really sorry, I don’t quite see the connection between these three quotes and beer…

      • September 16, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

        Scott is a troubled youth, Kevin.

    • September 16, 2010 at 2:53 pm #

      Those are, uh, great, Scott. You’ve managed to stay right on subject here. Maybe you should take a little nap, okay?

  9. September 17, 2010 at 12:36 am #

    Yo, I thought the idea was to not read the post carefully and post the same quotes over and over, but I decided to be cool and post quotes that aren’t really beer quotes but show that I really didn’t read the post. (which I did) Hey, I can’t be a commenting genius all the time!

    • September 17, 2010 at 5:14 am #

      I’m not sure anyone here will ever be accused of being a genius, especially Don and I. 🙂

  10. Jordan
    September 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    FYI: The Franklin quote is incorrect. See http://urbanlegends.about.com/b/2008/09/15/misquote-ben-franklin-on-beer.htm

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