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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
Excess of wine neither keeps secrets nor performs promises.  Don Quixote.  1
Good wine is milk for the aged.  German.  2
Good wine makes a bad head and a long story.  3
Good wine makes good blood.  Italian.  4
Good wine makes the horse go.  French.  5
Good wine needs no bush.  6
Good wine needs no crier.  Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch.  7
Good wine praises itself.  Dutch.  8
Good wine ruins the purse and bad the stomach.  German.  9
He that drinks not wine after salad is in danger of being sick.  10
He who hangs out a branch wants to sell his wine.  Spanish.  11
I like best the wine drunk at the cost of others.  Diogenes.  12
If the landlady’s fair, the wine too is fair.  German.  13
In the looking-glass we see the form, in wine the heart.  German.  14
Inflaming wine dulls the noble mind.  Homer.  15
It is a good wind that blows a man to his wine.  Washington Irving.  16
No matter what the vessel is so the wine in it be good.  17
O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.  Shakespeare.  18
Of what use is the cup of gold if the wine be sour?  German.  19
Of wine the middle, of oil the top and of honey the bottom is best.  20
Old wood to burn, old wine to drink.  Bacon.  21
Passion makes a man a beast, but wine makes him worse.  22
Physic makes you first sick, then well;
Wine first makes you well, then sick.
Since the wine is drawn it must be drunk.  French.  24
Sometimes the lees are better than the wine.  Italian.  25
Spilt wine is worse than water.  26
Strong is the vinegar of sweet wine.  Italian.  27
Sweet wine makes sour vinegar.  German.  28
The best wine has its lees.  French.  29
The counsels that are given in wine
Will do no good to thee or thine.
The sourest vinegar comes from the sweetest wine.  German.  31
The wine given to your workman is that for which you get the best paid.  French.  32
The wine is not known by the hoops.  French.  33
The wine skin has its reason for smelling of pitch.  Portuguese.  34
There is a devil in every berry of the grape.  Koran.  35
There is no one so wise that wine does not make him a fool.  German.  36
There is no such witness as a good measure of wine.  Spanish.  37
Thick wine is better than clear water.  Italian.  38
Truth and folly dwell in the wine cask.  Danish.  39
When the beer (or wine) goes in the wit goes out.  Dutch, Danish.  40
When the wine is in the man, the wit is in the can.  Dutch.  41
When the wine’s in, the wit’s out.  Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish.  42
When wine enters modesty departs.  43
When wine sinks words swim.  44
Where the best wine grows the worst is drank.  German.  45
Where wine goes in, modesty goes out.  Italian, German.  46
Who prates of war or want, after his wine!  Horace.  47
Wine and youth are fire upon fire.  48
Wine carries no rudder.  Latin.  49
Wine enters the stomach and business grows ripe in the brain.  Chinese.  50
Wine ever pays for his lodging.  51
Wine hath drowned more men than the sea.  Publius Syrus.  52
Wine in the bottle doth not quench the thirst.  53
Wine is a turn-coat, first a friend, then an enemy.  54
Wine is the blood of devils.  Manes the Persian.  55
Wine is the master’s, but the goodness is the drawer’s.  56
Wine poured out is not wine swallowed.  French.  57
Wine that costs nothing is digested ere it be drank.  58
Wine upon beer is very good cheer,
Beer upon wine consider with fear.  German.
Wine washes off the daub.  60
Wine wears no breeches: i.e., discloses the man.  French, Spanish.  61
Wine will not keep in a foul vessel.  French.  62
You drink water when you have wine at your elbow.  63

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