As I suspect is the case with many people who get email, I often get multiply forwarded emails making all sorts of claims, with all sorts of emotionally appealing quotes from famous people. By emotionally appealing, I mean saying stuff I like to hear and want to believe.
Like the drinking quotes. There is something very appealing in having great men carry on about the wonders of a morally maligned substance like booze — and you don’t have to be a drunken sot to enjoy them.
The problem is, some or most of them might not be true, and there’s nothing more time-consuming that having to engage in detailed historical research over a single, silly email which was after all only intended as entertainment.
The text of latest email is titled “Beer Theories” and here’s what it says:

Beer Theories
Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. I think, “It is better to drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”
Babe Ruth
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“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”
Lyndon B. Johnson
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“When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.”
Paul Horning
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“24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not.”
H. L. Mencken
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“When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let’s all get drunk and go to heaven!”
George Bernard Shaw
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“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
Benjamin Franklin
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“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”
Dave Barry
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BEER: HELPING UGLY PEOPLE HAVE SEX SINCE 3000 B.C.!
W. C. Fields
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Remember “I” before “E,” except in Budweiser.
Professor Irwin Corey
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To some it’s a six-pack, to me it’s a Support Group Salvation in a can!
Leo Durocher
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One night at Cheers, Cliff Clavin explained the” Buffalo Theory” to his buddy Norm:
“Well, ya see, Norm, it’s like this. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest b uffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members! ; In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine! That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

Well, the Franklin one isn’t verifiable anywhere, and many have tried. I hate it not being true as it’s one of my favorites. It would take me a long time to go through them all, but I’m sure some of them are legit.
However, the LBJ quote seems to have been said by Frank Sinatra!
AND by Lyndon Johnson.
Obviously, both are highly unlikely to be right.
As to the Mencken quote, I’m not as much of a Mencken scholar as I should be, but he was known to be a home brewer, so I guess he might have said that about 24 beers, as this site says he did.
The Shaw quote is attributed here to Brian O’Rourke.
Maybe the rest all said what they’re quoted as saying, but I doubt it. (Or maybe I should just be happy and say they might as well have….)
Maybe pro-booze and anti-booze readers can help out, and pro-accuracy-in-email readers can chip in; I am busy today and don’t know whether I’ll have time for all of this nonsense.
MORE: “When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading” is quoted here as having been said by comedian Henny Youngman.
That’s enough “scholarship” for now.