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Champagne Quotes

Some Famous Quotes from Famous People:

“In Success you deserve it and in defeat, you need it,”
Winston Churchill understood the true value of Champagne

“Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it.” Madame de Pompadour

“I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate…
And I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself.”
Napoleon Bonaparte, 18th century French conqueror (1769 – 1873)

“Come quickly ! I’m tasting stars!”
Dom Pierre Perignon, French Benedictine Monk, (1638 – 1715) when he first tasted his newly created champagne.

“He who doesn’t risk never gets to drink champagne.”
An old Russian proverb.

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.”
Mark Twain, American humorist and novelist (1835 – 1910).

“Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector…”
Graham Greene, British writer. (1904 – 1991)

“I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes, I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it if I am; Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.”
Madame Bollinger, one of the “grande dames” of French champagne (1884 – 1977).

“Champagne is the only wine that enhances a woman’s beauty.”
Madame Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV. (1721 – 1764).

“Here’s to Champagne, the drink divine, that makes us forget all our troubles; It’s made of a dollar’s worth of wine, and three dollars worth of bubbles.”

“My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.”
John Maynard Keynes, American writer (1883 – 1946).

“Gentlemen, in the little moment that remains to us between the crisis and the catastrophe, we may as well drink a glass of Champagne.”
Paul Claudel, French playwright (1868 – 1955).

“Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I feel tired.”
Brigitte Bardot, French actress Said 6 months after her 60th birthday.

“There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.”
Bette Davis, American actress ( 1908 – 1989) in the film Old Acquaintance.

“If the aunt of the vicar has never touched liquor, watch out when she finds the champagne.”
Rudyard Kipling, British author (1865 – 1936).

“I’m only a beer teetotaler, not a champagne teetotaler.”
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright. (1856 – 1950).

“Before I was born my mother was in great agony of spirit and in a tragic
situation. She could take no food except iced oysters and champagne. If people ask me when I began to dance, I reply, In my mother’s womb, probably as a result of the oysters and champagne, the food of Aphrodite.”
Isadora Duncan, American dancer (1878 – 1927).

“Champagne and orange juice is a great drink. The orange improves the
champagne, and the champagne definitely improves the orange.”
Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. (1921 – ).

“Le Champagne ne se boit pas, il se déguste. Il ne faut pas l’avaler goulûment. On doit le déguster avec mesure dans des verres étroits, à gorgées espacées et réfléchies”. Translation: “Champagne should not be drunk, it should be tasted. One should not swallow it greedily. One should taste it slowly in narrow glasses, in well-spaced, thoughtful sips.”
Colette, French author, (1873 – 1954).

“Remember, gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s
Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain, (1874 – 1965).

{Champagne} “…it gives you the impression that every day is Sunday.”
Marlena Dietrich German actress (1901 – 1992).

“The word Champagne’ is so full of meaning, so desirable that it has always provoked envy.”
Spokesperson for the CIVC (The Comite Interprofessionel du Vin de Champagne), France.

“Three be the things I shall never attain: envy, content and sufficient champagne.”
Dorothy Parker American poet and short story writer (1893 – 1967).

“I make wine for myself. What I can’t drink, I sell!”
VICTOR LANSON, of Champagne Lanson

“Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?”
NOEL COWARD reportedly said

“Champagne with its foaming whirls/As white as Cleopatra’s pearls.”
BYRON from Don Juan:

“Not only does one drink Champagne, but one inhales it, one looks at it, one swallows it …And one drinks it.”
A paraphrase of a saying by KING EDWARD VII.

“I wish I’d drunk more Champagne.”
The dying words of LORD KEYNES

“So we came to the Ritz hotel and the Ritz Hotel was divine. Because when a girl can sit in a delightful bar and have delicious champagne cocktails and look at all the important French people in Paris, I think it is divine.”
Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

“Maybe I misjudged Stromberg. Any man who drinks Dom Perignon ´52 can´t be all bad.”
James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

“I love waking up in the morning not knowing what I’m gonna do or who I’m gonna meet. Just yesterday I was sleeping under a bridge, and today I’m on the grandest liner in the world drinking champagne with you fine people. I’ll have some more please.”
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson, Titanic (1998).

“Well, my dear fellow what did you expect, Champagne?”
Grover Cleveland to John Finley, who complained there was water in the cellar of the house he had rented from him.

“Diogenes was asked what wine he liked best; and he answered as I would have done when he said, “Somebody else’s”.”

“Pour the Champagne and let its mousse rise,like thousands of sparkling smiling eyes.”
Jared M. Brown, author of Champagne Cocktails

“Drinking Champagne after making love is like taking a bath in chilled pearls.”
Anistatia R Miller, author of Champagne Cocktails

“Champagne?” “I never touch it. Not directly, anyway. I always use a glass.”
Anistatia R Miller, author of Champagne Cocktails

“Champagne is the great equalizer. It makes anyone feel like royalty.”
Jared M. Brown, author of Champagne Cocktails

“One glass of champagne and I smile,
Two and I grin,
But three I’m ever so ready to sin.”
Anistatia R Miller, author of Champagne Cocktails

“There is nothing more beautiful than a sunset, viewed over a glass of chilled champagne.”
Jared M. Brown, author of Champagne Cocktails

“We desparately rifled through the cupboards, hoping in vain that the retreating troops had left so much as a crust of bread. It was then that I heard Fitzpatrick cry out. Behind a false wall in a small closet was a case of champagne. Dark green bottles nested in dusty straw. They had somehow survived months of bombing, looting by two armies, only to fall victim to a pair of parched deserters when peace was so close at hand.”
excerpt from unpublished manuscript,

“Even cobwebs become exalted when they adorn bottles of Champagne.”
Jared M. Brown, author of Champagne Cocktails

“She fits that dress like a cork fits a Champagne bottle.”
Jared M. Brown, author of Champagne Cocktails

“Don’t worry about calling for me. Just pop a cork loudly enough and I’ll come running.”
Anistatia R Miller, author of Champagne Cocktails

“There’s no such thing as a waste of Champagne. Champagne is the ultimate luxury. It’s made for excess.”
Jared M. Brown, author of Champagne Cocktails

“I have had too little, and I have had too much, but I will never have enough Champagne.”
Jared M. Brown, author of Champagne Cocktails

“I have yet to discover a dish that will not come alive in the presence of Champagne.”
Anistatia R Miller, author of Champagne Cocktails

“I like Champagne because it always tastes as if my foot’s asleep.”
Art Buchwald, columnist

“Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?”
Noel Coward

“My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.”
Lord Keynes dying words

“I am easily satisfied with the best.”
Winston Churchill, on Champagne

“Gentlemen, in the little moment that remains to us between the crisis and the catastrophe, we may as well drink a glass of Champagne.” Paul Claudel

“But Champagne is not drinking.” David Niven: When asked why he was drinking

“Alas, I am dying beyond my means.” Oscar Wilde: As he sipped champagne on his deathbed.

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” Mark Twain

“Confucius once said that plain rice to eat, water to drink, and one’s arm as a pillow were quite enough for earthly happiness. Confucius was a wise and gentle soul – but he never tasted Champagne.”
Bottled Wisdom; by Mark Pollman

“Why is it that at a bachelor’s establishment the servants invariably drink the Champagne.” Algernon: From Oscar Wilde Play The Importance of Being Earnest.

“One holds a bottle of red wine by the neck, a woman by the waist, and a bottle of Champagne by the derriere.” Unknown

“I don’t think I’ve ever drunk Champagne before breakfast before. With breakfast on several occasions, but never before before.”
George Peppard, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961

It is said that dining one night at Potsdam with Wilhelm II, Bismarck was served German ‘Champagne’ or Sekt. He tasted it … and put down his glass. The kaiser looked at him inquiringly. ‘Your Majesty,’ said Bismarck, ‘I cannot drink German Champagne.’ Wilhelm explained that he had decided to serve Sekt rather than the Chancellor’s beloved Heidsieck, not only for reasons of economy, but as a patriotic gesture. ‘Your Majesty,’ said Bismarck simply, ‘I am extremely sorry. My patriotism stops short of my stomach.”
Kaiser Wilhelm and Otto von Bismarck

“Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully.” Graham Greene

“There are three intolerable things in life… cold coffee, lukewarm Champagne, and overexcited women.” Orson Welles

“Champagne, King of Wines and Wine of Kings.” Prince Orlofsky

“After all, what is your hosts’ purpose in having a party? Surely not for you to enjoy yourself; if that were their sole purpose, they’d have simply sent Champagne and women over to your place by taxi.” P.J. O’Rourke

“Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I am tired.” Brigitte Bardot

“Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, content, and sufficient Champagne.” Dorothy Parker

“Champagne offers a minimum of alcohol and a maximum of companionship.” David Niven

“The House of Lords is like a glass of Champagne that has stood for five days.” Leon A Harris

“Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of Champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.” Winston Churchill

Boswell: I insisted that admiration was more pleasing than judgment, as love is more pleasing than friendship. The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love like being enlivened with Champagne.
Johnson: No, Sir; admiration and love are like being intoxicated with Champagne; judgment and friendship like being enlivened.
Samuel Johnson, Boswell’s Life of Johnson

Mr. Edward Carson, QC: Do you drink Champagne yourself?
Mr. Oscar Wilde: Yes; iced champagne is a favourite drink of mine, strongly against my doctor’s orders.
Mr. Edward Carson, QC: Never mind your doctor’s orders, sir!
Mr. Oscar Wilde: I never do. Oscar Wilde, during Wilde’s prosecution of the Marquess of Queensberry for criminal libel, Regina (Wilde) v. Queensberry.)

“All these weddings, all these years, all that blasted salmon and Champagne and here I am on my own wedding day, and I’m… eh… em… eh… still thinking.” Hugh Grant, Four Weddings and a Funeral 1994

“Do twenty minutes’ work and then spend the rest of the day loafing around in Paris, drinking gallons of Champagne and having dozens of moist, pink, highly experienced French peasant girls galloping up and down my…..hang on…..!” Edmund Blackadder, Blackadder goes Forth

Porthos: Champagne?
Athos: We’re in the middle of a chase, Porthos.
Porthos: You’re right – something red. The three musketeers escaping from the Cardinal’s guards in his coach in, The Three Musketeers, 1993

“There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of Champagne.” Betty Davis, Old Acquaintance

“And for myself, it gives me great pleasure to smash this very splendid and worthwhile bottle of Champagne on the noble prow of this very splendid and worthwhile yellow bulldozer.” Lady Synthia Fitzmelton, The Hichhickers Guide To The Galaxy

“Champagne yes, philosophy no.” Kit Moresby in The Sheltering Sky:1990

“Where do you keep your Champagne? Near the furnace?” Lord Rutledge, Dunston Checks In, 1996

“I could ride you at a gallop until your legs buckled and your eyes rolled up. I’ve got muscles you’ve never even dreamed of. I could squeeze you until you popped like warm Champagne, and you’d beg me to hurt you just a little bit more.” Faith, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

“My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done, such as drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!” James Bond; Played By Sean Connery In the 1964 Film: Goldfinger

Ivan: Why do you take aspirin with Champagne?
Alice: Oh, Champagne gives me a headache. Author! Author! 1982

“I only drink Champagne when in love and when not.” Christian Pol Roger

“Champagne should be cold, dry and, hopefully, free.” Christian Pol Roger

“Pleasure without Champagne is purely artificial.” Oscar Wilde

“Champagne makes you feel like it’s Sunday and better days are just around the corner.” Marlene Dietrich

“I was enjoying myself now. I had taken two fingerbowls of Champagne and the scene had changed before my eyes into something significant, elemental, and profound.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

Cassandra: I don’t believe I’ve ever had French Champagne before…
Benjamin Kane: Oh, actually all Champagne is French, it’s named after the region. Otherwise it’s sparkling white wine. Americans of course don’t recognize the convention so it becomes that thing of calling all of their sparkling white Champagne, even though by definition they’re not. Wayne’s World 1992

“I could not conjure up one melancholy fancy, upon a mutton chop and a glass of Champagne.” Jerome K. Jerome 1997

“More than any other wine, Champagne is a luxury brand made and sold by a hard-headed, hard-working, rather cold-blooded bunch of people, fully aware that no one needs to drink Champagne, that its glorious patina needs constant polishing.” Nicholas Faith

“It was part of the Texas ritual. We’re rich as son-of-a-bitch stew but look how homely we are, just as plain-folksy as Grandpappy back in 1836. We know about Champagne and caviar but we talk hog and hominy.” Edna Ferber, Giant, 1952

“If the aunt of the Vicar, has never touch liquor, look out when she finds the Champagne.” Rudyard Kipling

“Fighting is like Champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battlefield when it’s be brave or else be killed.” Margaret Mitchell, Ashley Wilkes, Gone with the Wind, 1936)

“And we meet, with Champagne and a chicken, at last.” Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, The Lover, 1748

“I don’t smoke, I only drink Champagne when I’m lucky enough to get it, my hair is naturally natural, I live alone…and so do you.” Bunny Watson, Desk Set, 1957

“Champagne’s funny stuff. I’m used to whiskey. Whiskey is a slap on the back, and Champagne’s a heavy mist before my eyes.” James Stewart, The Philadelphia Story

“Lili, a sizzler at the Fol-de-Rol. A figure like Champagne and a heart like the cork.” Pontiac, Scene of the Crime, 1949

“On Hitler’s 55th birthday, April 20, 1945, Champagne wasn’t served. It was only that day that I knew we had lost the war.” Rafael Pallais

“I get no kick from Champagne.
Mere alcohol doesn’t thrill me at all,
So tell me why should it be true
That I get a kick out of you.”
Cole Porter, Anything Goes, 1934

“There is no one so radical as a man-servant whose freedom of the Champagne bin has been interfered with.” Tom Stoppard

“Hardly did it appear, than from my mouth it passed into my heart.” The Abbe de Challieu, 1715, upon first tasting Champagne

“Champagne for our real friends and real pain for our sham friends!” Unknown

“How is Champagne made? By sheer genius, sir, sheer genius!”
Conversation at White’s Club, London

“A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands.”
Lord Byron, September 25, 1812

“A single glass of Champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced; the imagination is stirred, the wits become more nimble.”
Winston Churchill

“Can you imagine opening a bottle of Champagne with a bottle opener. I can’t. It would eliminate half the fun.” Alain De Vogue

“The way I gained by title’s
By a hobby which I’ve got
Of never letting others pay
However long the shot;
Whoever drinks at my expense
Are treated all the same,
From Dukes and Lords to cabmen down,
I make them drink Champagne.” — (Anonymous, Music Hall Song)

“The way I gained my title, by a hobby which I’ve got – Of never letting others pay, however long the shot. Whoever drinks at my expense are treated all the same. From Dukes and Lords to cabmen down, I make them drink Champagne.” From the song “Champagne Charlie” by George Leybourne

“Two warm bodies and one cold bottle of Champagne will produce something more wonderful than would happen without the Champagne.”
Helen Gurley Brown

“Champagne is the wine of civilisation and the oil of government.” Talleyrand

“There are only two occasions when I drink Champagne, and these are: when I have game for dinner and when I haven’t.” S. D. Churchill

“If life brings you troubles, drink some Champagne, then your problems will just become bubbles…” Unknown

“If you have a problem getting the cork out…drink Champagne.” Unknown

“The opening credits roll against stars in deep space with a tiny, distant object slowly spinning, and becoming identifiable as a bottle of Moet & Chandon Cuvée Dom Pérignon Vintage 2265, which shatters against the prow of the USS Enterprise.” Star Trek: Generations, 1994

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