Friday, May 07, 2010

Significant Moments: "Are you looking for a spiritual connection?"

Alcohol is bad for me: a single glass of wine or beer in one day is quite sufficient to turn my life into a vale of misery—
Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo.
O Theodor! Here he is, Theodor!
Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Arabella.
Quick, Water here!
Richard Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.
. . . a glass of water . . .
Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Arabella.
Forgive me . . .
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil.
(emptying the glass in one go and holding it up in his right hand)
Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Arabella.
. . . around the middle of life, to be sure, I decided more and more strictly against all "spirits": I, an opponent of vegetarianism from experience, just like Richard Wagner, who converted me, cannot advise all more spiritual natures earnestly enough to abstain entirely from alcohol. Water is sufficient.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo.
But friend, . . .
Richard Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.
. . . The wine is mixed weak and pale.
Richard Wagner, Gotterdammerung.

U.S. Department of Justice:  Are you looking for a spiritual connection?

Gary Freedman: No, I'm looking for a drinking buddy.

1 comment:

Gary Freedman said...

In case you're from Tennessee, it's a play on the word "spirits" -- which can refer to the ethereal or liquor.