January 30 2014
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Josey Orr
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6 Quotes by Your Favorite Alcoholic Writers

Alcohol and writing seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. At least, for these men it did. They all drank heavily and wrote deeply. Two on this list shot themselves, two died before they turned 45, and they all found a way to live forever through their amazing works of art. 


1. Edgar Allen Poe

 “I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.” - Poe


2. Charles Bukowski

“That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.” - Bukowski 


3. F. Scott Fitzgerald

" First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you." - Fitzgerald


4. Truman Capote


“I’m an alcoholic. I’m a drug addict. I’m homosexual. I’m a genius.” - Capote


5. Ernest Hemingway

“Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares. If you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars.” - Hemingway


6. Hunter S. Thompson


" 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 whisky, and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind except falling in love and not getting arrested . . . Res ipsa loquitur. Let the good times roll.” - Thompson


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