A Classic Toast

“Here’s to the four hinges of friendship,
Swearing, Lying, Stealing and Drinking.
When you swear, swear by your country;
When you lie, lie for a pretty woman;
When you steal, steal away from bad company;
And when you drink, drink with me.”

-Gus Melbourne as printed in
“The World’s Drinks and How to Mix Them”
(1908 edition)by Hon. William “Cocktail” Boothby

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  1. I think I heard this (or something similar) in a movie and kind of rolled my eyes. . .
    I still prefer:
    Here’s to you, here’s to me; best of friends we’ll always be. . .
    if by chance we disagree – DISH YOU and here’s to me.


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