All you need is love, right?
Except for the Greek tragic playwright Euripedes, who sometime between 480-406 BC figured out one of humanity’s most enduring truths:
“Where there is no wine, there is no love.”
The relationship between wine and love became so intertwined that not even religion has rooted it out of us in intervening centures.
According to the 16th-century Christian reformer Martin Luther, who defied the Catholic church's ban on priests marrying:
“He who loves not women, wine, and song remains a fool his whole life long.”
But wine is not only about drunken merriment.
Alright, let’s rephrase that: wine is about drunken merriment and so much more.
Many of poetry’s most sublime verses on love speak of the gentle, almost heavenly qualities of both wine and love.
If you’re looking for romantic, funny or witty ways to get in the Valentine’s Day spirit, here are eight of the best wine and love quotes.
Eight Poetic Sayings about Wine and Love for Valentine’s Day
1. “We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine.”
— Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist and novelist (1940-2015)
2. “Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.”
— Pope John XXIII (1244–1344)
3. “Kiss me with the kisses of your mouth, for your love is more delightful than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfume, your name is like perfume poured out.”
— Song of Solomon, circa. 300BC
4. “What though youth gave love and roses, age still leaves us friends and wine.”
— Thomas Moore, Irish writer and poet (1779-1852)
5. “Love is like wine. To sip a little is wonderful, but to drink the whole bottle is a headache.”
— Julio Iglesias, record-breaking Spanish singer-songwriter
6. “Wine makes a man better pleased with himself. I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others.”
— Samuel Johnson, English poet and playwright (1709-1784)
7. “Your love is an endless flow of wine, the clarity that calls me to my senses.”
— Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet and politician (1904-1973)
8. "Baths, wine and sex ruin our bodies, but baths, wine and sex make life worth living."
— Epitaph of Tiberius Claudius Secundus, a Roman merchant of Ephesus (circa. 100AD)
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