Saying: The man who drinks whiskey before he is forty is a fool . . .

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 3 21:34:55 UTC 2013

Funny, seems remarkably similar stylistically to the
liberal/conservative (no heart/no brain) line. When I read the subject
line, I mentally completed it as "if he drinks whiskey after forty, he's
a drunk". No, I don't believe you'll find any citations for this pearl,
other than this email. ;-)


On 9/3/2013 4:28 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
> The YBQ includes an interesting quotation about imbibing from
> architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1958:
> A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50, and a
> fool if he doesn’t afterward
> Nigel Rees in Cassell's Humorous Quotations included a quotation on
> this topic from William Faulkner published in 1965:
> . . . man shouldn't fool with booze until he's fifty; then he's a damn
> fool if he doesn't.
> I was asked to search for a common source for this piece of wisdom. In
> 1901 I found this: "the man who drinks whiskey before he is forty is a
> fool, and that the man who does not drink it after he is forty is a
> fool."
> Feedback, citations, and bottles of whiskey are welcome,
> Garson

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