Famous Peoples Thoughts on Beer
From philosophers to crowned heads, pop idols to cartoon characters, many have had their say on beer. Here are just some of our favourite quotes about one of mankind’s oldest and most popular beverages.
Plato, Greek Philosopher
“He was a wise man who invented beer.” Plato also had words to say about wine: “There is truth in wine and children”.
William Shakespeare, Elizabethan Playwright
“For a quart of Ale is a dish for a king.”
(From his romantic comedy The Winter’s Tale).
Martin Luther, 16th Century Theologian
“Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!”
Voltaire, 17th Century French Writer and Philosopher
“Englishmen are like their own beer: Frothy on top, dregs on the bottom, the middle excellent.”
Benjamin Franklin, A Founding Father of the USA
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.”
Queen Victoria, Queen of England
“Give my people plenty of beer, good beer, and cheap beer, and you will have no revolution among them.”
Henry Lawson, Australian Writer and Poet
“Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer.”
Kaiser Wilhelm, Last King of Prussia
“Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.”
(He obviously never found one and he didn’t).
Frank Zappa, American Rock God
“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline – it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but in the very least you need a beer.”
Colin Dexter, English Author
“Morse poured himself a can of beer. ’Champagne’s a lovely drink, but it makes you thirsty, doesn’t it?’”
(From his Inspector Morse novel The Way Through the Woods)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Actor and US Politian
“Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.”
Homer Simpson, Beer Connoisseur
“Beer… now there’s a temporary solution!”