FAMOUS WHISKY QUOTES
A selection of the most famous whisky quotes from people past and present including Winston Churchill.
“The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learned to like it.”
Winston Churchill, wartime prime minister displaying his trademark wit.
“Whisky is liquid sunshine.”
Sounds about right, George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”
“Never cry over spilt milk. It could’ve been whiskey.”
“I wish to live to 150 years old, but the day I die, I wish it to be with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whiskey in the other.”
“A good gulp of hot whisky at bedtime – it’s not very scientific, but it helps.”
Alexander Fleming, the Scottish inventor of penicillin, offers his remedy for the common cold.
“I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.”
Supposedly the last words of famous actor Humphrey Bogart.
“Whisky nosers, as they called themselves, eschewed what they saw as the pretentiousness of wine vocabulary. While oenophiles resorted to recondite adjectives, whisky nosers spoke the language of everyday life, detecting hints of stale seaweed, or even diesel fuel.”
Author Alexander McCall Smith, when writing on Edinburgh’s top amateur sleuth, Isabel Dalhousie, in The Sunday Philosophy Club, describes what makes whisky so widely appealing.
“Happiness is having a rare steak, a bottle of whisky, and a dog to eat the rare steak.”
Johnny Carson, Late Night host, gives his thoughts on what is best in life.
“Being moderately taken it cutteth fleume, it lighteneth the mynd, it quickeneth the spirits, it cureth the hydropsie, it pounceth the stone, it repelleth gravel, it puffeth away ventositie, it kepyth and preserveth the eyes drom dazelying, the tongue from lispying, the teeth from chatterying, the throte from rattlying, the weasan from stieflying, the stomach from womblying, the harte from swellying, the bellie from wirtching, the guts from rumblying, the hands from shivering, the sinews from shrinkying, the veynes from crumplying, the bones from akying, the marrow from soakying, and truly it is a sovereign liquor if it be orderlie taken”.
Writing of whisky in his Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1577, Raphael Holinshed
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