Toasts for All Occasions (1903)

A book on toasts for all occasions published in 1903, celebrating such subjects as the art of drinking, women, America, home, friendship... and the household cook. Below is a small selection of some of the entertaining toasts found in the book.


The Frenchman loves his native wine;

The German loves his beer;

The Englishman loves his 'alf and 'alf,

Because it brings good cheer.

The Irishman loves his "whiskey straight";,

Because it gives him dizziness.

The American has no choice at all,

So he drinks the whole —— business.


Hail to the graduating girl;

She's sweeter, far, than some;

For while she speaks she talks no slang

And chews no chewing gum.


We may live without poetry, music, and art;

We may live without conscience and live without heart;

We may live without friends and live without books;

But civilized man cannot live without cooks.

We may live without books — what is knowledge but grieving?

We may live without hope — what is hope but deceiving?

We may live without love — what is passion but pining?

But where is the man that can live without dining?