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The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth, and one of the shortest lived.
-DeVoto, Bernard
In Harper’s Magazine, Dec.
Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.
-Epstein,JuliusJ
Humphrey Bogart as Rick in Casablanca (with Philip G Epstein and Howard Koch).
And the sooner the tea’s out of the way, the sooner we can get out the gin, eh?
-Reed, Henry
The Private Life of HildaTablet, radio play.
Gin by pailfuls, wine in rivers, Dash the window-glass to shivers! For three wild lads were we, brave boys, And three wild lads were we; Thou on the land, and I on the sand, And Jack on the gallows-tree!
-Scott, Sir Walter
Guy Mannering, ch.34.
Gin was mother’s milk to her.
-Shaw, George Bernard
Eliza, speaking of herAunt. Pygmalion, act 3.

Gin’s rich history and cultural impact has graced us with many memorable quotes. Here is a collection of my favorite quotes about gin, best enjoyed with an Upside Down Martini, in memory of Julia Child.

[My longevity is because of] .. red meat and gin. – Julia Child

A good heavy book holds you down. It’s an anchor that keeps you from getting up and having another gin and tonic. – Roy Blount Jr.

A perfect martini should be made by filling a glass with gin then waving it in the general direction of Italy. – Noel Coward

The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth, and one of the shortest lived. – Bernard DeVoto

The only time I ever enjoyed ironing was the day I accidentally got gin in the steam iron. – Phyllis Diller

Zen martini:  A martini with no vermouth at all.  And no gin, either. – P.J. O’Rourke

I’ll stick with gin.  Champagne is just ginger ale that knows somebody. – Alan Alda as Hawkeye in M*A*S*H, episode “Ceasefire”

And the sooner the tea’s out of the way, the sooner we can get out the gin, eh? – Henry Reed

[Gin has produced] … a drunken ungovernable set of people. – Thomas Wilson

Gin was mother’s milk to her. – George Bernard Shaw

Gin by pailfuls, wine in rivers, Dash the window-glass to shivers! For three wild lads were we, brave boys, And three wild lads were we; Thou on the land, and I on the sand, And Jack on the gallows-tree! – Sir Walter Scott

I exercise strong self control. I never drink anything stronger than gin before breakfast. – W.C. Fields

I don’t know what reception I’m at, but for God’s sake give me a gin and tonic. – Denis Thatcher

Beloved, we join hands here to pray for gin. An aridity defiles us. Our innards thirst for the juice of juniper. Something must be done. The drought threatens to destroy us. Surely, God who let manna fall from the heavens so that the holy children of Israel might eat, will not let the equally holy children of Niggeratti Manor die from the want of a little gin. Children, let us pray. — Wallace Thurman in Infants of the Spring

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine. – Humphrey Bogart as Rick in Casablanca

If you have any other quotes about gin that you think we’re missing, please pass them along! Thanks!

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