Quotation by Shakespeare

Drink, sir, is a great provoker of three things ... nose-painting, sleep, and urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes and unprovokes: it provokes the desire but it takes away the performance. Therefore much drink may be said to be an equivocator with lechery: it makes him and it mars him; it sets him on and it takes him off.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Porter, in Macbeth, act 2, sc. 3, l. 25-7 (1623).

"Nose-painting" refers to the drunkard's red nose.
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