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Beer, if drunk with moderation...(Spurious 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."
- Founders Online
- 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
- 1. Ken Wells, Travels with Barley: A Journey Through Beer Culture in America (New York: Free Press, 2004), 42.
- 2. Jefferson to Madison, February 20, 1784, in PTJ, 6:550. Transcription available at Founders Online.