Whisky Words to Live By
08-12-2017 By Nokulunga Msibi

We can all get sentimental about our favourite tipple. Here are some of our favourite and good whisky words to live by. Feel free to use these when giving your next toast!

Authors & Writers

"Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough." Mark Twain

"Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whiskey makes it go round twice as fast." Compton Mackenzie

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami

"Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it's time to drink." Haruki Murakami

"The light music of whiskey falling into a glass - an agreeable interlude." James Joyce

“Whisky is liquid sunshine.” George Bernard Shaw

"There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren't as good as others." Raymond Chandler

Musicians & Composers

Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky

"My God, so much I like to drink Scotch that sometimes I think my name is Igor Stra-whisky." Igor Stravinsky

"Cheers to the freakin' weekend
I drink to that, yeah yeah
Oh let the Jameson sink in." Rihanna's Lyrics to Cheers (Drink to That)


Ava Gardener

Ava Gardner

“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

"I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis." Humphrey Bogart's rumoured last words

“Always carry a flagon of whisky in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.” W.C. Fields


Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

"The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learnt to like it." Winston Churchill

"Dear, you cannot drink gin and tonic in the middle of the night. You must have whisky to give you energy." Margaret Thatcher

“Tell me what brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.” Abraham Lincoln