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The "Almost Lost" Art of Toasting

Through the years (especially prohibition) the art of the Toast was almost lost. Today it is still losing ground. For some reason "toasting" is becoming less and less prominent. Following are some toasts that are collected from books, the Internet and others. I know there are some people out there that are very capable of writing a toast. I have heard some of these people at weddings, retirements and company outings. If you are one of these people, who are gifted with words, please share them with us!

Credit is given when possible for these toasts. If you know the source of one that is not credited, please let me know so proper credit can be given. If I have given credit to someone that is not the author, please bring that to my attention as well.

I am not one who is good at writing toasts or speaking in front of a group of people. If I happen to come up with one, worthy of being in the same group as these quoted here, I will add it to the list.


Here's a toast to the future;
A sigh for the past;
We can love and remember,
And hope to the last,
And for all the base lies,
That the Almanacs hold
While there's love in the heart,
We can never grow old.-Unknown
Oh to be 70 again!
-Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., at age 85.
May you live all the years of your life. -Jonathan Swift
What is but Age? Something to count?
Some people fight it as if climbing the mount.
I choose live with dignity and grace
And offer a drink to all in this place!-Unknown
Let him live to be a hundred! We want him on earth
-Oliver Wendell Holmes
I've never known a person to live to 110 or more,
and then die, to be remarkable for anything else.-Josh Billings
May our lives, like the leaves of the maple,
Grow more beautiful as they fade.
May we say our farewells, when it's time for us to go,
All smiling and unafraid. -Larry E. Johnson
May you die in bed at 95 years,
Shot by a jealous wife(husband)!-Unknown
May you live as long as you want,
May you never want as long as you live.-Unknown
To maturity:
When there's snow on the roof,
there's fire in the furnace.-Unknown
To the old guard, the older we grow,
The more we take and the less we know.
At least the young men tell us so,
But the day will come, when they shall know
Exactly how far a glass can go,
To win the battle, 'gainst age, the foe.
Here's a glass of wine.
-James Monroe McLean

Anniversaries & Weddings

Here's to you both-a beautiful pair,
On the birthday of your love affair.-Unknown
May you love each other more than yesterday,
but less than tomorrow.-Unknown
Let anniversaries come and let anniversaries go-
but may your happiness continue on forever.-Unknown
May the warmth of our affections
survive the frosts of old age.-Unknown
May the wind be always at your back, The Sun overhead in a clear sky and the one you love by your side.-Unknown
To our coming anniversaries-
may they be outnumbered only by our coming pleasures.-Unknown
Be to your virtues a little kind,
Be to your faults a little blind.-Unknown
Love each other as you would your children,
We've Holidays and Holy days, and memory days galore;
And when we've toasted every one, I offer just one more.
So let us lift our glasses high, and drink a silent toast-
The day, deep buried in each heart, that each one loves the most.-Unknown
Remember, on any disagreement the husband
is entitled to the last few words...those words are.. Yes dear.-Unknown
Today I have married my best friend.-Unknown
Here's to the bride and the bridegroom,
We'll ask their success in our prayers,
And through life's dark shadows and sunshine
That good luck may always be theirs.-Unknown
There are "three rings" in marriage.
There's the "engagement ring",
There's the "wedding ring"
And there's the "suffer-ring".-Unknown
Love is a flower,
water it every day and enjoy!-Unknown
All rise and raise a glass,
To the land we love and the love we land!-Unknown
May the love you share forever remain
as beautiful as the bride looks today.-Unknown
Never above you.
Never below you. Always by your side.-Unknown
However rare true love is,
true friendship is rarer.-Unknown
May your hearts be open with patience and love.
May your lives be filled with blessings from above.
May you always share the best that life can provide.
As you spend your lifetime together side by side.-Unknown
To say "I Love You" everyday, will guarantee
harmony within your hearts and home.-Unknown
Here to loving, to romance, to us,
May we travel together through time.
We alone count as none, but together we're one,
For our partnership puts love to rhyme.
Here's to true love, may it always be spoken
Here's to true friendship, may it never be broken.-Unknown
Here's to the best years of your life,
The years you spent with another man's wife...
Your Mother, God Bless Her.-Unknown

Beer, Wine, Booze & Food

Ale's a strong wrestler,
Flings all it has met;
And makes the ground slippery,
Even when it's not wet.-Unknown
Give me wine to wash me clean
From the weather-stains of care.-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Let us have wine and women
mirth and laughter, Sermons and soda-water the day after.-Lord Byron
May our wine brighten the mind and strengthen the resolution.-Unknown
When wine enlivens the heart
May friendship surround the table.-Unknown
Fill to him, to the brim!
Round the table let it roll.
The divine says that wine
Cheers the body and the soul.-Unknown
I drink to the health of another,
And the other I drink to is he
In the hope that he drinks to another,
And the other he drinks to is me.-Unknown
Then let us toast John Barleycorn,
Each man a glass in hand
Andy may his great prosperity
Ne'er fail in old Scotland!-Unknown
Wine improves with age,
I like it the older I get.-Unknown
Beer! Beer! Beer!
We students all adore you,
Beer! Beer! Beer!
We love to see you foam;
When we for wine abjure you,
We miss you, we assure you,
For it's only with clear sparkling beer,
That students feel at home.-Unknown
Come sit we by the fireside,
And roundly drink we here,
Till we see our cheeks are dyed
And noses tanned with beer.-Robert Herrick
With my beer
I sit,
While golden moments flit;
They pass
Unheeded by;
And as they fly,
Being dry,
Sit, idly sipping here
My beer.-George Arnold
Let's drink the liquid of amber so bright;
Let's drink the liquid with foam snowy white;
Let's drink the liquid that brings all good cheer,
Oh, where is the drink like old-fashioned beer.
-Popular 19th Century Toast
None so deaf as those who will not hear.
None so blind as those who will not see.
But I'll wager none so deaf nor blind that he
Sees not nor hears me say come drink this beer.-W. L. Hassoldt
Who'd care to be a bee add sip
Sweet honey from the flower's lip
When he could be a fly and steer
Head first into a can of beer?-Unknown
To the old guard, the older we grow,
The more we take and the less we know.
At least the young men tell us so,
But the day will come, when they shall know
Exactly how far a glass can go,
To win the battle, 'gainst age, the foe.
Here's a glass of wine.
-James Monroe McLean
Here's champagne to your real friends and real pain to your sham friends.
Here's to champagne, the drink divine,
That makes us forget all our troubles;
It's made of a dollar's worth of wine
And three dollars' worth of bubbles.-Unknown
Oh thrice accursed
Be a champagne thirst,
When the price of beer is all we've got.
Some take their gold
In minted mold,
And some in harps hereafter,
But give me mine
In bubbles fine
And keep the change in laughter.-Oliver Herford
The bubbles winked at me and said,
"You'll miss me, brother when you're dead."- Oliver Herford
Oh Roquefort! We accept thee,
With no disgusting note,
As natures sole apology
For giving us the goat.-W.E.P. French
May you never lie, cheat or drink
But if you must lie, lie in each others arms
And if you must cheat, cheat death
But if you must drink, drink with all of us, because we love you!-Unknown
Times are hard,
And wages are small,
So drink more beer,
And screw them all.-Unknown
Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chambers of my brain.
Quaintest thoughts, queerest fancies
Come to life and fade away;
What care I how time advances?
I am drinking ale today.-Edgar Allan Poe


A toast, and many of them.
Birthdays were never like this, when I had them.-Unknown
Although another year is past
He/She looks no older than the last!-Unknown
Another candle on your cake?
Well, that's no cause to pout.
Be glad you have strength enough,
To blow the damned things out.-Unknown
Another year older? Think this way:
Just another day older than yesterday!-Unknown
God grant you many and happy years,
Till, when the last has crowned you,
The dawn of endless days appears,
And heaven is shining round you!-Oliver Wendell Holmes
Happy birthday to you
And many to be,
With friends that are true
As you are to me!-Unknown
Here's to you! No matter how old you are,
You don't look it.-Unknown
Many happy returns of the day of you birth:
Many blessings to brighten your pathway on earth;
Many friendships to cheer and provoke you to mirth:
Many feastings and frolics to add to your girth.-Robert H. Lord
May you live to be a hundred years with on extra year to repent.
Time marches on!
Now tell the truth-
Where did you find
The fountain of youth?-Unknown
To wish you joy on your birthday
And all the whole year through,
For all the best that life can hold
Is none too good for you.-Unknown
To your birthday, glass held high,
Glad it's you that's older-not I.-Unknown


May those who love us love us;
And those that don't love us,
May God turn their hearts;
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we'll know them by their limping.-Unknown
Here's to short shoes and long corns to our enemies.
May a band of gypsies camp in your belly and
Train bears to dance on your liver.-Yiddish
May his cradle ne'er rock, may his box have no lock,
May his wife have no frock for to cover her back,
May his cock never crow, may his bellows ne'er blow
And his pipe and his pot, may he ever more lack.
-Irish "To an Informer."
May his pig never grunt, may his cat never hunt,
That a ghost may catch him in the dark of the night,
May his hen never lay, may his ass never bray,
And his goat fly away like an old paper kite.
May his spade never dig.
May his sow never pig.
May each hair in his wig, be well thrashed with a flail.
May his door never latch
May his turkeys not hatch.
May the rats eat his mail.
May every old fairy from Cork to Dunleary dip him
snug and airy in river or lake where the eel and
the trout may dine on the snout of the monster
that murdered Nell Flaherty's Drake.
-One verse of Irish cursing song, "Nell Flaherty's Drake."
May she marry a ghost, and bear him a kitten, and may
the high king of glory permit it to get the mange.
May the devil cut the toes off all our foes,
that we may know them by their limping.
May the devil make a ladder of your backbone
while he is picking apples in the garden of hell.
May you grow so rotten that goats, skunks, and pigs refuse to be near you.
May you never develop stomach trouble from too rich a diet.
May you turn into a sparrow and owe your existence to the droppings of a horse.
;dt>That all your teeth should fall out-
but one should remain for a toothache.
Pieces should fall off you.

Friendship, Friends & Guests

Here's to you old friend, may you live a thousand years,
Just to sort of cheer things up, in this vale of human tears;
And may I live a thousand too-a thousand-less one day,
Because I wouldn't want to be on earth, and hear you'd passed away.
-Author Unknown
May all your troubles be little ones.
To my friends:
Friends we are today,
And friends we'll always be;
For I am wise to you,
And you can see through me.-Unknown
May friendship, like wine, improve as time advances,
And may we always have old wine, old friends, and young cares.-Unknown
May the most you ever wish for
Be the least you ever receive.-Unknown
May you live a long, happy life,
And may my voice be the last one you hear.-Unknown
May you live as long as you want to,
And want to as long as you live.-Unknown
Here's to thee, my honest friend,
Wishing these hard times to mend.-Unknown
A speedy calm to the storms of life.
There are good ships, and there are wood ships,
The ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships, are friendships,
And may they always be.-Unknown
Here's to you, here's to me...
May we never disagree. But if we do, the hell with you...
Here's to me!-Unknown
May you live forever
And may I never die.-Unknown
May the best day of your past
be the worst day in your future.-Unknown
May the roof above us never fall in
And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.-Unknown

From the Bible

A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry.
-Ecclesiastes 10:19
Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake.
1 Timothy 5:23
Eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart.
-Ecclesiastes 9:7
Forsake not an old friend,
for the new is not comparable to him.
A new friend is as new wine;
when it is old,
Thou shalt drink it with pleasure.
-Ecclesiastes 9:10 unto those that be of heavy hearts.
-Proverbs 31:6
The best wine...that goeth down sweetly,
causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.-Song of Solomon 7:9
Wine maketh glad the heart of man.
-Psalms 104:15
Wine was created from the beginning to make men joyful,
and not to make men drunk.
Wine drunk with moderation is the joy of the soul and the heart.
-Ecclesiastes 31:35-36
Wine, which cheereth God and man.
-Judges 9:13

Games & Cards

A little whiskey now and then
Is relished by the best of men;
It surely drives away dull care,
And makes ace high look like two pair.
Gentlemen, the Queen!
She gazed at us serene,
She filled his flush,
Amidst the hush-
And gathered in the green.
Camp life is just one canned thing after another.
Not the laurel-but the race,
Not the quarry-but the chase;
Not the dice-but the play
May I, Lord, enjoy always!
Poker-like a glass of beer, you draw to fill.
The hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the earth-
But the hand that holds four aces!
Bet on it for all you're worth.
There was a man in our town,
And he was wondrous wise.
He jumped into a tournament
And came out with a prize.
And when he saw the cup he'd won,
With all his might and main,
He jumped into ten entry lists
But never won again.


"A wet night maketh a dry morning,"
Quoth Hendyng, "Rede ye right;
And the cure most fair is the self-same hair
Of the dog that gave the bite."
Here's to the good time I must have had!
I wish that my room had a floor
I don't care so much for a door
But this walking around
Without touching the ground
Is getting to be quite a bore.
-Galett Burgess
If you'd know when you've enough
Of the punch and the claret cup
It's time you quit the blessed stuff
When you fall down and can't get up.
Lord how my head aches! What a head have I!
It beats as it would fall in twenty pieces.
Not drunk is he who from the floor
Can rise again and drink some more;
But drunk is he who prostrate lies,
And can neither drink nor rise.
-Eugene Field
See the wine in the bowl, how it sparkles tonight.
Tell us what can compete with that red sea of light
Which breathes forth a perfume that deadens all sorrow
And leaves us blessed now, with a headache tomorrow?
-Dr. Doran
Sing a song of sick gents,
Pockets full of rye,
Four and twenty highballs,
We wish that we might die.
The cocktail is a pleasant drink,
It's mild and harmless, I don't think!
When you've had one, you call for two,
And then you don't care what you do!
Last night I hoisted twenty-three
Of those arrangements into me;
My wealth increased, I swelled with pride;
I was pickled, primed, and ossified.
Those dry martinis were too much for me.
Last night at twelve I felt immense;
To day I feel like thirty cents.
At four I sought my whirling bed,
At eight I woke with such a head
it is no time for mirth or laughter-
The cold, gray dawn of the morning after.
-George Ade


A Merry Christmas this December, to a lot of folks I don't remember.
-Franklin P. Adams
A Christmas wish-
May you never forget
What is worth remembering
or remember
what is best forgotten
Apple pie and Simon Beer,
Christmas comes but once a year.
-Old Southern Saying
At Christmas play and make good cheer
For Christmas comes but once a year.
Thomas Turner
Be merry all, be merry all,
With holly dress the festive hall,
Prepare the song, the feast, the ball,
To welcome Merry Christmas.
Here's to the holly with its bright red berry.
Here's to Christmas, let's make it merry.
Here's to the day of good will, cold weather,
and warm hearts.
Here's wishing you more happiness
Than all my words can tell,
Not just alone for Christmas
But for all the year as well.
Here's to us all!
God bless us every one!
-Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol."
-Tiny Tim's Toast
Holly and ivy hanging up
And something wet in every cup.
I have always thought of Christmas as a good time;
a kind, forgiving, generous, pleasant time;
a time when men and women seem by one consent to open their hearts freely;
and so I say "God bless Christmas."
-Charles Dickens
I know I've wished you this before
But every year I wish it more.
A Merry Christmas.
I wish you a Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
A pocket full of money
And a cellar full of beer!
Joy to the world-
and especially to you.
May the Virgin and her Child lift your latch on Christmas night.
-Irish This refers to the old Irish custom
of leaving the door unbolted and a candle in the window
for Mary on her way to Bethlehem.
May you be contented as Christmas finds you all the year round.
May you be poor in misfortune this Christmas
and rich in blessings
slow to make enemies
quick to make friends
and rich or poor, slow or quick,
as happy as the New Year is long.
May you be the first house in the parish to welcome St. Nicholas.
May you never be without a drop at Christmas.
May your corn stand high as yourself, your fields grow
bigger with rain, and the mare know its own way home
on Christmas Night.
May your sheep all have lambs
but not on Christmas night.
Now thrice welcome Christmas
Which brings us good cheer,
Minced pies and plum porridge.
Peace and plenty for many a Christmas to come.
The season when fowl murder promotes peace and good will.
Then let us be merry and taste the good cheer,
And remember old Christmas but comes once a year.
-From a Christmas Carol
'Twas the month after Christmas,
And Santa had flit;
Came there tidings for father
Which read: "Please remit."

Homes, Hosts & Hostesses

May you have warmth in your igloo,
Oil in your lamp
And peace in your heart.
Updated 1/5/99

Email: Kevin White