65 Whiskey Quotes to Inspire Your Next Drink

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After a long and stressful day, nothing helps you relax better than enjoying a double whiskey. Furthermore, research has shown great health benefits of drinking whiskey like lowering bad cholesterol thus reducing your risk of heart complications.

If you’re looking for encouragement to drink whiskey, this article offers you 65 whiskey quotes to inspire your next drink.

Whiskey and Its Old Meaning


The term “whiskey” originated from the Gaelic “uisge beatha”, or “usquebaugh”, which means “water of life”. Gaelic is a branch of the Celtic language spoken in the Highlands of Scotland. This alcoholic drink has been distilled for centuries.

In Scotland, the idea of distilling whiskey is believed to have been brought by Christian missionaries. However, there’s no evidence to prove that the indigenous Scottish people weren’t distilling spirits using their excess barley before the arrival of the missionary monks. The first reference to whiskey in Scotland appeared in Scottish Exchequer Rolls for 1494, which had an entry of “eight bolls of malt to Friar John Cor”.

A boll was the traditional Scottish measure of a maximum of six bushels. A single bushel is equal to 25.4 kilograms. In 1690, the term “distillery” was first mentioned in the Acts of the Scottish Parliament when the popular Ferintosh distillery founded by Duncan Forbes of Culloden was mentioned.

Whiskey is a colored distilled spirit made from various grains like barley, rye, wheat, corn, etc. Although whiskey is now distilled around the world, it’s commonly found in Scotland, the United States, Ireland, Japan, and Canada. Many governments around the world have come up with regulations that guide distillers on how to produce different styles of whiskey.

Some of the most popular styles of whiskey include Irish whiskey, Canadian whiskey, scotch, and bourbon. Whiskey is the most popular type of alcoholic drink in the world. It can be taken as part of a cocktail or a shot. India is the largest consumer of whiskey in the world.

65 Whiskey Quotes

Funny Whiskey Quotes


1. “Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.” – W. C. Fields
2. “Yes, it’s true I once knocked out a horse. It was at a fiesta in my mother’s hometown of Guarare. Someone bet me a bottle of whiskey that I couldn’t do it.” – Roberto Duran
3. “As they say around the Texas Legislature, if you can’t drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against ’em anyway, you don’t belong in office.” – Molly Ivins
4. “Ninety percent I’ll spend on good times, women, and Irish Whiskey. The other ten percent I’ll probably waste.” – Tug McGraw
5. “Whiskey’s too tough, Champagne costs too much, Vodka puts my mouth in gear. I hope this refrain; will help me explain, as a matter of fact, I like beer.” – Tom T. Hall
6. “They say some of my stars drink whiskey, but I have found that ones who drink milkshakes don’t win many ball games.” – Casey Stengel
7. “My idea of working out is drinking whiskey – instead of beer.” – Travis Fimmel
8. “I’m a simple man. All I want is enough sleep for two normal men, enough whiskey for three, and enough women for four.” – Joel Rosenberg
9. “We sat around and I fed them barbecue and whiskey. And pretty soon everyone started to compete with each other on the guitars. It seemed the more everyone drank and ate, the more everyone got into it.” – Gary Allan
10. “Americans are big boys. You can talk them into almost anything. Just sit with them for half an hour over a bottle of whiskey and be a nice guy.” – Nguyen Cao Ky
11. “I’m just a fan, man. The best word I can come up with is enthusiast. I’m a whiskey enthusiast. It really kind of snuck up on me.” – Aiden English
12. “I got my Wrestling With Whiskey kind of side passion project and I’m kind of turning into more content and stuff like that… You know just exploring everything in front of me and just trying to spread my grass.” – Aiden English
13. “We partied with the royal rich people, and we felt like rock stars. We drank all the whiskey in the place.” – Charles Kelley
14. “I’m really focusing right now on YouTube, doing stuff with my ‘Wrestling With Whiskey’ project, really trying to grow that because I think that’s going to, whether we like it or not, be the future of a lot of forms of entertainment.” – Aiden English
15. “Wild Turkey whiskey and Philip Morris cigarettes are essential to the maintenance of human life!” – Herb Kelleher
16. “I only drink wine, beer, and champagne. I’ve never had hard liquor, I’ve never had a whiskey drink in my life. I just don’t like it.” – Zoya Akhtar
17. “I don’t eat shellfish. I drink wine moderately and have one whiskey every evening before dinner.” – Norman Lloyd
18. “Bernard always had a few prayers in the hall and some whiskey afterward as he was rather pious.” – Daisy Ashford
19. “In the ’80s, we played the Roxy and the Whiskey with our bands.” – Tony Wilson
20. “For a southern belle, my grandmother was remarkably modern. She threw my grandfather out, for one thing – some kind of argument about bourbon whiskey – shortly after the birth of their third child, and then went back to school to get her a teaching certificate.” – Preston Sturges
21. “Whiskey will always be a part of my life.” – Artie Lange
22. “You put three girls in a house, and all of a sudden before you know it, you’re talking about boys and drinking whiskey, and things go down and you get deep real quick.” – Katie Aselton
23. “I don’t think I’m a good ol’ boy. Honestly, the last thing I am is a redneck. I like silk sheets, fancy cars, beautiful women, good whiskey.” – Joe Jamail
24. “Do you understand about water in the West? Whiskey’s for drinking; the water’s for fightin’ over.” – Paul Gosar
25. “I have found that whiskey is enjoyed as a refined secret pleasure in many cities – and it appears to be popular in Pakistan, as it is all over the tropical Asian world, Muslim or non-Muslim.” – Lawrence Osborne
26. “I’m a whiskey drinker, but Cesaro is a coffee drinker.” – Sheamus
27. “I think sometime during the peak of ‘Whiskey Glasses’ is when I realized: ‘Man, this is really starting to happen. People are not just singing these singles, they’re singing every song on my album and really invested in what I’m doing.” – Morgan Wallen
28. “I am an avid lover of taking photographs of the night sky. Whenever I can, I get myself off to Canada or to Scotland and set up around the lake and spend a few hours in the middle of the night with a flask of coffee, a little glass of whiskey, and some snacks.” – John Whaite
29. “The zeitgeist tells us that we ‘should’ prefer dark chocolate much the same as we should prefer wine, coffee, and whiskey with flavor profiles that run toward the extreme. But sometimes I just want to eat something accessible and enjoyable without embarking on a cerebral tasting exercise.” – Chris Morocco
30. “You know what southern women are? Whiskey in a teacup. We’re strong on the inside but ornate on the outside.” – Hannah Brown
31. “For whatever reason, I encounter Canadian whiskey at hunting camps way more often than I do in restaurants, bars, or homes. Could be the lower price. Could be the mellow character, which lends itself to long hours of fireside sipping. Or it could just be a tradition.” – Jonathan Miles
32. “Love always had my number. I could never patch a breakup together with whiskey and a one-night stand. I took them real hard.” – Dierks Bentley
33. “When the great jazz and blues clubs closed – joints where the cash register rang loudly and there wasn’t ESPN on TV over the bandstand, and people smoked cigarettes and drank whiskey and hollered ‘Play on!’ – When those places closed, I was pretty much done.” – James McBride
34. “My dad worked for different companies that made whiskey for a long time, so we were definitely whiskey drinkers. Growing up, my friends would get toy cars, and I would get swag from whisky companies.” – Mike Krieger
35. “I love whiskey and haggis. I can’t get enough of either.” – Kevin McKidd
36. “You pretty much can’t get away from bacon or whiskey in the South. Put a doughnut in it and you’d be good to go.” – Hillary Scott
37. “We got more provisions for our whiskey than the same money, which we paid for the liquor, would have bought; so after all, it proved a very profitable investment.” – Buffalo Bill
38. “Pre-show, I warm up my voice, stretch, do a little team huddle, and sometimes throw a shot of whiskey in there, too. After the show, I hang out at merch meeting people and signing things. After that, I usually try to see friends in whatever city we’re in, or if I’m super beat, listen to a podcast and pass out.” – K. Flay
39. “I read a little bit of nonfiction and a lot of poetry. I think of poetry as my shot of whiskey when I don’t have time to savor a whole bottle of wine.” – Alice McDermott
40. “Logic, like whiskey, loses its beneficial effect when taken in too large quantities.” – Lord Dunsany
41. “I love whiskey, and I’m a big fan of ‘Mad Men,’ so anything that Don Draper does, I like to do. But I want Don Draper to get back to where he was in the first season. I like him married and gallivanting around.” – Charles Kelley
42. “Her secret to happiness was simple and unpretentious. She had a beautiful house, would pick fruit and make jams, run the dogs in the fields, have a whiskey at five o’clock, and cook a great plate of pasta. It wasn’t complicated.” – Sean Hepburn Ferrer
43. “Drown in a cold vat of whiskey? Death, where is thy sting?” – W. C. Fields
44. “I’m a beer man. I tried to drink whiskey and Scotch, but I don’t get it. It smells like a girl who didn’t shower and just splashed a lot of perfume on.” – Mads Mikkelsen
45. “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” – P. J. O’Rourke
46. “I wish to live to 150 years old, but the day I die, I wish it to be with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whiskey in the other.” – Ava Gardner

Romantic Whiskey Quotes


47. “Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it’s time to drink.” – Haruki Murakami
48. “Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whiskey makes it go round twice as fast.” – Compton Mackenzie
49. “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” – Mark Twain
50. “I like my whisky old and my women young.” – Errol Flynn
51. “The light music of whiskey falling into glasses made an agreeable interlude.” – James Joyce
52. “There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.” – Raymond Chandler
53. “Happiness is having a rare steak, a bottle of whiskey, and a dog to eat the rare steak.” – Johnny Carson
54. “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and likes to see us happy.” – Benjamin Franklin
55. “Don’t you drink? I notice you speak slightingly of the bottle. I have drunk since I was fifteen and few things have given me more pleasure.” – Ernest Hemingway
56. “If when you say ‘whiskey’ you mean the devil’s brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason… then I am certainly against it. But, if when you say ‘whiskey’ you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine… the drink that enables a man to magnify his joy… then I am certainly for it. This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise.” – Noah S. Sweat

Whiskey Quotes from Famous Drinkers

Famous Drinkers

57. “Give an Irishman lager for a month, and he’s a dead man. An Irishman is lined with copper, and the beer corrodes it. But whiskey polishes the copper and is the saving of him.” – Mark Twain
58. “The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learned to like it.” – Winston Churchill
59. “I’m on a whisky diet. I’ve lost three days already.” – Tommy Cooper
60. “Tell me what brand of whiskey Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.” – Abraham Lincoln
61. “A good gulp of hot whiskey at bedtime—it’s not very scientific, but it helps.” – Alexander Fleming
62. “Whisky is liquid sunshine.” – George Bernard Shaw
63. “I have never in my life seen a Kentuckian who didn’t have a gun, a pack of cards, and a jug of whiskey.” – Andrew Jackson
64. “My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.” – William Faulkner
65. “My God, so much I like to drink Scotch that sometimes I think my name is Igor Stra-whiskey.” – Igor Stravinsky

Gretchen Walker
Gretchen is a homemaker by day and writer by night. She takes a keen interest in life as it unfolds around her and spends her free time observing people go about their everyday affairs.