Whisky Quotations

Logic, like whiskey, loses its beneficial effect when taken in too large quantities.
- Lord Dunsany

Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go round twice as fast.
- Sir Compton Mackenzie (from Whisky Galore)

I have just finished a bottle of whisky. The thresholds of all my neurons are shot to hell. How is it I can still think?
John von Neumann to Warren McCulloch in a 3am phone call
(from Warren Mcculloch's Search for the Logic of the Nervous System by Michael A. Arbib published in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 43.2 (2000) 193-216.)

I drink to make other people interesting.
- George Jean Nathan

Malt does more than Milton can to justify God's ways to Man.
- A. E. Housman

The Scots have nearly as many synonyms for being drunk as the Australians.
- Neil Pendock

To mark publication of his new novel, The Hippopotamus, people keep giving Stephen Fry toy hippos. He accepts each one with an increasingly strained smile. "It is really very kind of them," says the talented Fry, "but I have decided that my next book will be called 18 Year Old Malt Whisky."
- Stephen Fry (The Daily Telegraph, April 1, 1994)

He studied mathematics,
Logic, ethics, hydrostatics,
Till he needed diuretics
To lowse his dams;
But now, wi'out a lee,
He could mak' anither sea,
For he's left philosophy
An' taen to drams.

He found that learnin', fame,
Gas, philanthropy and steam,
Logic, loyalty, gude name,
Were a' mere shams;
That the source o joy below,
An' the antidote to woe,
And the only proper go,
Was drinking drams.
-George Outram (1805-1856)

Lagavulin - the only Scotch I've ever been able to drink without a mixer to kill the taste.
- Confederation President Chang-Sturdevant (fictional character in Starfist: Firestorm by David Sherman and Dan Cragg

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