Drink and drama: top 10 quotes

7. Shakespeare, Othello

4. cassioNot tonight, good Iago: I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking. I could well wish courtesy would invent some other custom of entertainment.

Peer pressure was clearly alive and well back in the 1603 when Shakespeare wrote this play about the destructive forces of jealousy, betrayal and revenge.

Here the hapless, handsome officer Cassio acknowledges his low alcohol tolerance and the treacherous solider Iago persuades him to have “but one cup!


6.“O thou invisible spirit of wine! If thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil!

5. Cassio 2A drunken brawl and destroyed career later, the wretched Cassio expresses the sort of regretful sentiment that will be all too familiar to anyone who has over-indulged.

Here too Iago – the very man who led him astray – is on hand to promote the message of moderation:

Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used.

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