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Beer, if drunk with moderation...(Quotation)

Quotation: "Beer, if drunk with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health."

Variations: "Beer, if drank [sic] with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health."

Sources consulted:

  1. Founders Online
  2. Thomas Jefferson retirement papers

Earliest known appearance in print: 20041

Earliest known appearance in print, attributed to Thomas Jefferson: see above

Comments: This quotation has not been found in the writings of Thomas Jefferson.  It is most likely a corruption of Jefferson's comment to James Madison, "[Rational society] informs the mind, sweetens the temper, chears our spirits, and promotes health."2

- Anna Berkes, 7/2/14

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