Monday, November 8, 2010

Wine-Oh Wine Quotes

I rejoice, as a moralist, at the prospect of the reduction of duties on wine, by our national legislature. It is an error to view a tax on that liquor as merely a tax on the rich. It is a prohibition of its use to the middling class of our citizens, and a condemnation of them to the poison of whiskey, which is desolating their houses. No nation is drunken where wine is cheap; and none sober, where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage. It is, in truth, the only antidote to the bain of whiskey.


Wine is alive and when you offer it to your fellow-man you are offering him life. That is why there are few better gifts to send than a case or two--or a bottle or two--of wine. It is not that when drinking it, they will recall the donor--if you crave such vulgar satisfactions, it is more efficient to send them a chair with a pair of spurs set in the upholstery. It is that, when drinking it, they will become more conscious of themselves, of their own capacity for joy.


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