Never Trust a Man Who Doesn’t Drink

So as of recent, I have the developed most unreasonable stumbleupon addiction… ever. I stumbleupon constantly. 93.72% of the time, it brings me to the most useless/stupid/mind dulling sites ever. But for that other 6.38%, I find absolute gems. I am pasting a quote below on a blog I found that was [appropriately] titled “Sex, Cigars, and Booze”… which we all know are arguably some of the best things in life. And on this blog, was an excerpt from a book (The Wrong Case) by James Arthur Crumley

“Son, never trust a man who doesn’t drink because he’s probably a self-righteous sort, a man who thinks he knows right from wrong all the time. Some of them are good men, but in the name of goodness, they cause most of the suffering in the world. They’re the judges, the meddlers. And, son, never trust a man who drinks but refuses to get drunk. They’re usually afraid of something deep down inside, either that they’re a coward or a fool or mean and violent. You can’t trust a man who’s afraid of himself. But sometimes, son, you can trust a man who occasionally kneels before a toilet. The chances are that he is learning something about humility and his natural human foolishness, about how to survive himself. It’s damned hard for a man to take himself too seriously when he’s heaving his guts into a dirty toilet bowl.”

~James Arthur Crumley (October 12, 1939 – September 17, 2008)
The Wrong Case (1975)

To me, the best quotes are the ones that are funny, but make you think. And this quote immediately spoke to me. Not necessarily because I agree with everything he’s saying, but because it is well written and thought out and leaves the room for so many shades of grey in his analysis. I have too much work to go into my in depth analysis, but I have certainly been mulling over it for a couple days.

Agree or disagree, I certainly think it’s worth a read.