Celebrate George Bernard Shaw’s Birthday With His Best Drinking Quotes

On this day in 1856, the Nobel Prize- and Academy Award-winning playwright George Bernard Shaw was born. The prolific Irish writer is famous for penning major works like Pygmalion and Saint Joan, as well as his dry satirical views on society. His quick-witted statements are still relevant today, particularly when it comes to his feelings on liquor and drinking.

Here are the lines we’re toasting with today as we celebrate Shaw’s 160th birthday.  

On his personal drinking habits:

  • Whisky is liquid sunshine.”
  • “I’m only a beer teetotaler, not a champagne teetotaler.”
  • “A mind of the caliber of mine cannot derive its nutrient from cows.”

On liquor making everything a little easier to get through:

  • “Alcohol is a very necessary article. It enables Parliament to do things at 11 at night that no sane person would do at 11 in the morning.”
  • “He who desires a lifetime of happiness with a beautiful woman desires to enjoy the taste of wine by keeping his mouth always full of it.”
  • “Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.”

On what humans really want:

  • “We're human beings. We are—all of us—and that's what people are liable to forget. Human beings don't like peace and goodwill and everybody loving everybody else. However much they may think they do, they don't really because they're not made like that. Human beings love eating and drinking and loving and hating.”