Champagne is the drink of toasts. In many countries around the world, the pop of the cork and clink of glasses lets the assembled know that someone is going to say something kind, funny, insightful, or maybe even important.

Champagne is also, in the popular lore, the drink of the wealthy. Those who top Forbes’ various lists of the richest people in the world presumably bathe in the stuff, and hip-hop has long embraced it as a choice beverage for both drinking and spraying on video vixens.

In short, popping a bottle of bubbly is about making a statement.

We already brought you a list of 25 Ways to Drink, Saber, and Spray Champagne, and now, we’ve compiled some of our favorite champagne-minded quotes from people like Kanye West, Brigitte Bardot, and Napoleon Bonaparte. Can you think of another topic that Lil’ Kim and Winston Churchill see eye to eye on? We didn’t think so.

Scroll down to read and memorize our favorite sliver-tongued bubbly quotes through the ages.

Kanye West


Who? Rapper/human enigma/modern-day savior of humanity
Thoughts on the matter: “Lord, please let them accept the things they can’t change / And pray that all of their pain be Champagne.” (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Oscar Wilde

Who? 19th-century writer and humorist
Thoughts on the matter: “Why is it that at a bachelor’s establishment the servants invariably drink the champagne?…I attribute it to the superior quality of the wine, sir. I have often observed that in married households the champagne is rarely of a first-rate brand.”—The Importance of Being Earnest (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Lilly Bollinger

Who? Owner of Bollinger Champagne from 1941-1971
Thoughts on the matter: “I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it—unless I’m thirsty.” (Photo: 007museum)

Lil’ Kim

Who? Self-proclaimed Queen of Rap
Thoughts on the matter: “Kim surpass all crews / Bitches still drinkin’ booze / I sip Cristal and Landcruise.” (Photo: Frank Micelotta/Image Direct)

David Levithan

Who? American fiction writer
Thoughts on the matter:  “The thing about champagne, you say, unfoiling the cork, unwinding the wire restraint, is that is the ultimate associative object. Every time you open a bottle of champagne, it’s a celebration, so there’s no better way of starting a celebration than opening a bottle of champagne. Every time you sip it, you’re sipping from all those other celebrations. The joy accumulates over time.” (Photo: Text Publishing)

Bette Davis (in “Old Acquaintance”)

Who? American film and TV actress
Thoughts on the matter (as Kit Marlowe): “There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.” (Photo: Wikimedia Creative Commons)

Samuel Johnson

Who? 18th-century English writer
Thoughts on the matter: “The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love, like being enlivened with champagne.” (Photo: Wikimedia Creative Commons)

Brigitte Bardot

Who? French actress, singer, and model
Thoughts on the matter: “Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I’m tired.” (Photo: Wikimedia Creative Commons)

James Bond, played by Sean Connery


Who? Suave and sexy fictional British spy
Thoughts on the matter: “My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done, such as drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit.” (Photo:

John Maynard Keynes

Who? British economist
Thoughts on the matter: “My only regret is that I have not drunk more champagne in my life.” (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Dorothy Parker

Who? Wise-cracking American author and poet
Thoughts on the matter: “Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.” (Photo: Book Riot)

Napoleon Bonaparte

Who? 18th-century French conqueror
Thoughts on the matter: “I drink champagne when I win, to celebrate…And I drink champagne when I lose, to console myself.” (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)


Who? Hip-hop mogul/husband of Queen Bey
Thoughts on the matter: “So we livin’ life like a video / Where the sun is always out and you never get old / And the champagne’s always cold, and the music’s always good / And the pretty girls just happen to stop by in the hood.” (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Edith Wharton

Who? Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist
Thoughts on the matter: “This new resolve gave her a sort of light-headed self-confidence: when she left the dinner-table she felt so easy and careless that she was surprised to see that the glass of champagne beside her plate was untouched. She felt as if all its sparkles were whirling through her.”—The Mother’s Recompense (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Winston Churchill

Who? UK Prime Minister from 1940-1945 and 1951-1955
Thoughts on the matter: “A single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced; the imagination is stirred; the wits become more nimble.” (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Michael Moore

Who? Academy-award winning filmmaker, author
Thoughts on the matter: “A little known fact…champagne and breathmint are the first two words all Oscar winners hear.” (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Graham Greene


Who? English novelist.
Thoughts on the matter: “Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully.” (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Olivia De Haviland

Who? English-American actress
Thoughts on the matter: “I would prefer to live forever in perfect health, but if I must at some time leave this life, I would like to do so ensconced on a chaise longue, perfumed, wearing a velvet robe and pearl earrings, with a flute of champagne beside me and having just discovered the answer to the last problem in a British cryptic crossword.” (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Paul Claudel

Who? French poet, dramatist, and diplomat
Thoughts on the matter: “In the little moment that remains to us between the crisis and the catastrophe, we may as well drink a glass of champagne.” (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)



Who? R&B singer/songwriter
Thoughts on the matter:  “Welcome to the champagne life / Where trouble is a bubble in the champagne glass / Dreams and reality are one and the same/ And we gon’ do it like this.”—Champagne Life (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Who? Ceaselessly cynical American writer
Thoughts on the matter: “I had taken two finger-bowls of champagne, and the scene had changed before my eyes into something significant, elemental, and profound.”—The Great Gatsby (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Jim Bouton

Who? Retired American baseball player
Thoughts on the matter: “There was a time when drinking some champagne and sliding into potato salad had some real fun in it.” (Photo: Society for American Baseball Research)

Isadora Duncan

American dancer
Thoughts on the matter: “Before I was born my mother was in great agony of spirit and in a tragic situation. She could take no food except iced oysters and champagne. If people ask me when I began to dance, I reply, In my mother’s womb, probably as a result of the oysters and champagne, the food of Aphrodite.” (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Arnold Bennett

Who? 19th-century American playwright
Thoughts on the matter: “A cause may be inconvenient, but it’s magnificent. It’s like champagne or high heels, and one must be prepared to suffer for it.”—The Title: A Comedy in Three Acts (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Madeline Puckette

Who? Co-founder of
Thoughts on the matter: “Champagne is appropriate for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.” (Photo: Wine Folly)