Brit lit that fits

Some vinous offerings from a few lions of British literature:

“Wine is the milk of Venus.”  — Ben Jonson

“There are two reasons for drinking wine … when you are thirsty, to cure it; the other, Peacockwhen you are not thirsty, to prevent it … prevention is better than cure”  — Thomas Love Peacock (left)

“Alonso of Aragon was wont to say in commendation of age, that ‘age appears to be best in four things — old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.’ ” — Francis Bacon

“The juice of the grape is given to him that will use it wisely, as that which cheers the heart of man after toil, refreshes him in sickness and comforts him in sorrow. He who so enjoyeth it may thank God for his wine-cup as for his daily bread; and he who abuseth the gift from heaven is not a greater fool in his intoxication than thou in thine abstinence.” — Sir Walter Scott

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