Shakespeare And Friends Wine Quotes

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Shakespeare said a lot of memorable things, including about wine...

Impress Your Friends In Shakespearean Wine Quotes

Shakespearean wine stopper

With a wine stopper like this one you may think of the Bard while enjoying your wine. The item on the right is not a mini wine barrel. It's a place to store your wine stopper when it's not in a wine bottle.

The Bard hardly remained silent on the subject of wine. This section includes several quotes from his contemporaries as well. It's worth working through the language to see what these masters had to say about wine.

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
And I'll not look for wine.
Ben Jonson, English playwright, (1573-1637) in To Celia

Wine is the milk of Venus.
Ben Jonson, English playwright, (1573-1637)

But that which most doth take my muse and me,
Is a pure cup of rich Canary wine,
Which is the mermaid's now, but shall be mine.
Ben Jonson, English playwright, (1573-1637)

Bacchus, that first from out the purple grape,
Crushed the sweet poison of misused wine.
John Milton, English poet, (1608-1674) in Comus

When night darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons of Belial, flown with insolence and wine.
John Milton, English poet, (1608-1674)

Wine, one sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight beyond the bliss of dreams. Be wise and taste.
John Milton, English poet, (1608-1674)

I am known to be a humorous patrician, and one that loves a cup of hot wine with not a drop of allaying Tiber in't; said to be something imperfect in favoring the first complaint; hasty and tinder-like upon too trivial motion; one that converses more with the buttock of the night than with the forehead of the morning.
William Shakespeare, English poet and writer, (1564-1616) in Coriolanus

Give me a bowl of wine.
In this I bury all unkindness. Cassius.
William Shakespeare, English poet and writer, (1564-1616) in Julius Caesar

O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil!
William Shakespeare, English poet and writer, (1564-1616) in Othello the Moor of Venice   

Give me a bowl of wine.
 I have not that alacrity of spirit
 Nor cheer of mind that I was wont to have.
William Shakespeare, English poet and writer, (1564-1616) in The Tragedy of King Richard the Third

The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees is left this vault to brag of.
William Shakespeare, English poet and writer, (1564-1616)

Good wine needs no bush.
William Shakespeare, English poet and writer, (1564-1616)

Come, thou monarch of the vine, Plumpy Bacchus with pink eye.
William Shakespeare, English poet and writer, (1564-1616)

There's none of these demure boys come to any proof; for thin drink doth so overcool their blood...that they fall into a kind of male green sickness; and when they marry they get wenches...If I had a thousand sons, the first human principle I would teach them should be, to forswear thin potations and addict themselves to sack.
William Shakespeare, English poet and writer, (1564-1616)

Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used; exclaim no more against it.
William Shakespeare, English poet and writer, (1564-1616) in Othello

A man cannot make him laugh - but that's no marvel; he drinks no wine.
William Shakespeare, English poet and writer, (1564-1616) in Henry IV Part 2

I am falser than vows made in wine.
William Shakespeare, English poet and writer, (1564-1616) in As You Like It

Had I but died an hour before this chance
I had liv'd a blessed time; for, from this instant,
There's nothing serious in mortality,
All is but toys; renown and grace is dead,
The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees
Is left this vault to brag of.
William Shakespeare, English poet and writer, (1564-1616) in Macbeth

The wine-cup is the little silver well,
Where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell.
William Shakespeare, English poet and writer, (1564-1616)

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