Wine and Health - quotes


A man to whom illness was chronic,
When told that he needed a tonic,
Said,"Oh! Doctor dear,
Won't you please make it beer?"
"No, no," said the Doc, "that's Teutonic."

God, in His Goodnes, sent the grape,
To cheer both great and small;
Little fools will drink too much,
And great fools none at all.

Wine is the head of all medicines ...where wine is lacking, drugs are necessary. (Babylonian Talmud)

Good Whisky, as a beverage, is the most wholesome spirit in the world (A. Barnard).

I have enjoyed great health at a great age because every day since I can remember, I have consumed a bottle of wine - except when I have not felt well. Then I have consumed two bottles. (Bishop of Seville)

Scotch Whisky is about the only thing left that is guaranteed to bring comfort to mankind (Lord Boothbury).

Wine was given us by God, not that we might be drunken, but that we might be sober. It is the best medicine when it has the best moderation to direct it. Wine was given to restore the body's weakness, not to overturn the soul's strength. (Saint John Chrysostom 347-407)

At the beginning of the World God created wine for man’s health, since it is more precious than any other drink and more natural to him. (Francesc Eiximenis 1384)

Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy. (Sir Alexander Fleming)

If penicillin can cure those that are ill, Spanish sherry can bring the dead back to life. (Alexander Fleming)

Wine is salutary for old persons and to feeble persons, it fortifies them greatly. In moderation it dissipates black melancholy and produces sleep. (Gardeton, Dictionnaire des Alimens, Paris, 1829)

Scotch Whisky is invaluable in repairing the exhausted forces of nature (W.B.Gloag).

Wine acts as a cordial and stimulant; quickening the action of the heart and arteries, diffusing an agreeable warmth over the body, promoting the different secretions, communicating a sense of increased muscular force, exalting the nerveous energy, and banishing all unpleasant feelings from the mind. (Alexander Henderson, 1824)

Long ago, it was said that if you drink the right amount of Scotch each day, you will find the secret of Eternal Youth. People have been in pursuit ever since (Ian Henderson, Laphroaig distillery).

It gives men courage and ambition and the nerve for anything. It has the colour of gold, is clear as a glass and shines after dark as if the sunshine were still in it (O. Henry)

If a body could just find oot the exac' proper proportion and quantity that ought to be drunk every day, and keep to that, I verily trow that he might leeve for ever, without dying at a', and that doctors and kirkyards would og oot o' fashion (James Hogg).

By making this wine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the national debt. (Thomas Jefferson 1743-1826)

Wine from long habit has become an indispensable for my health. (Thomas Jefferson)

I have lived temperately . . . I double the doctor's recommendation
of a glass and a half of wine a day and even treble it with a friend. (Thomas Jefferson)

I think it is a great error to consider a heavy tax on wines as a tax
on luxury. On the contrary, it is a tax on the health of our citizens. (Thomas Jefferson)

Good wine is a necessity of life for me. (Thomas Jefferson)

Destruction lurks within the poisonous dose, a fatal fever or a purpled nose. (Soame Jenyns)

Drunkenness is deplorably destructive, but her demurer sister Gluttony destroys a hundred to her one. (William Kitchiner)

There is no doubt at all that the moderate use of wine while eating is the pleasantest and probably the most effective tranquilizer known to medical man. (Dr. Russel V. Lee)

When the wine [made at her chateau] is in the golden period of effervescing, any sick child in the village ticketed by the doctor can be brought to the wine-presses and dipped in. If labeled 'tres malade,' he is dipped in twice. (Lillie de Hergermann-Lindencrone, "In the Courts of Memory")

It is well known among physicians that the best of the nourishing foods is the one that the Moslem religion forbids, i.e., Wine. It contains much good and light nourishment. It is rapidly digested and helps to digest other foods. (Maimonides 1135-1204)

A small amount of wine such as three or four glasses is of benefit for the preservation of the health of human beings and an excellent remedy for most illnesses. (Maimonides 1135-1204)

Wine is harmful in large quantities and beneficial in small quantities. (The Minor Tractates of the Talmud. London: The Soncino Press, 1965)

A man should not form the habit of drinking wine at midday; for when he drinks wine at midday, the consequence is that he neclects the study of the whole Torah. (The Minor Tractates of the Talmud. London: The Soncino Press, 1965)

Aqua vitae was first used in this country, Ireland, as a medicine, considered as a penacea for all disorders, and the physicians recommended it to patients indiscriminately for preserving health, dissipating humours, strengthening the heart, curing colic, dropsy, palsy, quartan fever, stone, and even prolonging existence beyond the common limits (Morewood on "Inebriating Liquors")

Good Hock (Hochheimer) keeps off the Doc (Queen Victoria)

Wine is the most healthful and hygienic of beverages. (Louis Pasteur 1822-95)

Wine is a splendid thing in and of itself, but it is nonetheless proper to examine the high nutritional and hygienic values of wine from a scientific point of view. We are convinced that scientists will thus perform a service to mankind, since at the same time they will help determine the measure beyond which its use is a misuse for all creation. (Pope Pius XII)

Wine refreshes the stomach, sharpens the appetite, blunts care and sadness, and conduces to slumber. (Pliny the Elder, 23-79 A.D.)

Nothing is more useful than wine for strengthening the body and also more detrimental to our pleasure if moderation be lacking. (Pliny the Elder)

Nothing is more useful than wine for strengthening the body and also more detrimental to our pleasures if moderation be lacking (Pliny the elder, 70 A.D.)

Wine works the heart up, wakes the wit,
There is no cure 'gainst age but it (A. Pope)

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. (Proverbs 20:1)

Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember misery no more. (Proverbs 31:6-7)

Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. (Proverbs 23:29-32)

Wine, women, baths, by art or nature varme,
Us'd or abus'ed do men much good or harme. (Regimen Sanitatis Salernitarum)

The Highlanders regale themselves with whisky. They find it an excellent preservation against the winter cold. It is given with graet success to the infants in the confluent smallpox (Tobias Smollett).

For a bad night, a mattress of wine. (Spanish proverb)

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities. (I Timothy 5:23)

Wine, one of the noblest cordials in nature. (John Wesley)

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