A Sampling of Tipplers

"His was a great sin that invented consciousness.
Let us lose it for a few hours.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald

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"Wine is sunlight, held together by water."

Harpo pouring himself a tipple in Horsefeathers (1932)
"Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker." 
—Ogden Nash

Ava Gardener has a more elegant approach (don't know which movie...)

"In wine there is wisdom,
in beer there is freedom, 
in water there is bacteria."
—Benjamin Franklin

From the "Dogville" comedies (1930-1931)
"It is most absurdly said, in popular language, of any man, 
that he is disguised in liquor; for, on the contrary, 
most men are disguised by sobriety." 
—Thomas de Quincy

from The Wet Parade, dir. by Victor Fleming (1932)
"Everyone who drinks is not a poet. 
Maybe some of us drink because we're not poets." 
—Julian Symons, Arthur? Arthur!

Alec Baldwin (Jack Donaghy) goes for it on "30 Rock"
"Of the demonstrably wise there are but two:
those who commit suicide,
and those who keep their reasoning faculties atrophied by drink."
—Mark Twain

Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha) sips a giant martini in the 2nd season of "Bewitched" (1965)

Why are you drinking? - the little prince asked.
- In order to forget - replied the drunkard.
- To forget what? - inquired the little prince, who was already feeling sorry for him.
- To forget that I am ashamed - the drunkard confessed, hanging his head.
- Ashamed of what? - asked the little prince who wanted to help him.
- Ashamed of drinking! - concluded the drunkard...
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Dean Martin thinks twice in Rio Bravo, 1959
Helmut Weiss' Fueurenzangenbowle
Beautiful Beer Cans