10 Iconic Writers on Whiskey

Is there a finer drink than whiskey on the rocks? Definitely not. Whiskey inspires creativity, passion, focus and—if consumed in large quantities—fighting. We rummaged through the vast landscape of the Internet to find ten quotes from iconic writers on the subject of this brown gold. 

Whether they're praising the stuff or swearing it off for eternity, it seems everyone had something to say about this fine spirit. 

1. “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” — Mark Twain

2. “...When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whiskey?” — Ernest Hemingway

3. “My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.” — William Faulkner

4. “Each of his phrases was rather like a little ancient island, inundated by a miniature sea of whiskey.” — J.D. Salinger, Nine Stories

5. “Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it's time to drink.” — Haruki Murakami

6. “The light music of whiskey falling into a glass—an agreeable interlude.” — James Joyce

7. “Whiskey makes the heart beat faster but it sure doesn't help the mind and isn't it funny how you can ache just from the deadly drone of existence?” — Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last

8. “Whisky is liquid sunshine.” — George Bernard Shaw

9. “Maybe there is no Heaven. Or maybe this is all pure gibberish—a product of the demented imagination of a lazy drunken hillbilly with a heart full of hate who has found a way to live out where the real winds blow—to sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whiskey, and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind except falling in love and not getting arrested…” — Hunter S. Thompson

10. “There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren't as good as others." — Raymond Chandler

Jeremy Glass is the Vice editor for Supercompressor and likes his whiskey served on a bed of regret.