Susan Cheever Quotes.

1. "Death is terrifying because it is so ordinary. It happens all the time."
- Quote by Susan Cheever

2. "At times, we don't seem to be able to moderate are drinking. At other times we blame it for everything. We love it or we hate it. It is our big solution and it is our big problem."
- Quote by Susan Cheever

3. "... [A]lcoholic families are nightmarish places, heartbreak machines in which the innocent fare worse than the guilty."
- Quote by Susan Cheever

4. "Psychological studies have recently shown that adversity can be a more powerful motivator than support. Successful people often remember being told that they could not do what they have, in fact, done brilliantly. Stubbornness drove them. Their parents or teachers have told them they will never make any money, or that they will never get a college degree, or that they will never marry and have children. The urge to prove authority wrong has often spurred human beings to unusual success."
- Susan Cheever, Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography

5. "Writers often write their best when they are feeling their worst"
- Susan Cheever, Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography

6. "The Pilgrims landed the Mayflower at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on a cold November day in 1620 because they were running out of beer."
- Susan Cheever, Drinking in America: Our Secret History

7. "The Pilgrims believed beer was an unalloyed good, a 'good creature of God.' People who did not drink were suspect and 'crank-brained."
- Susan Cheever, Drinking in America: Our Secret History

8. "There wasn’t much good to say about the voyage. Five weeks in, with no land in sight, the scanty provisions began to run out. This was a concern for passengers, and also for sailors who were traditionally promised a gallon of beer a day as part of their sailing wages. They could do without food; they could not do without drink."
- Susan Cheever, Drinking in America: Our Secret History

9. "By the 1820s American drinking was out of control. Children drank before school, during school at recess, and after school. Farmers had jugs stashed at the end of every row in their fields. Factories featured frequent drinking breaks. Meals were washed down with applejack. Workers invariably headed for the bar on payday long before they thought of going home to spend the money on their families’ needs. The whole country was more or less living under the influence, farming under the influence, and even studying under the influence. In 1820, the average amount an individual drank in one day was more than three times the average today.119"
- Susan Cheever, Drinking in America: Our Secret History

10. "On the voyage from England, beer was their everything. Beer was their fruit and their vegetables in a diet that otherwise consisted of bread, cheese, and meat. Beer was their yogurt with its healing enzymes, and beer was their medicinal spirit. Beer was their water, and beer was their, well, beer."
- Susan Cheever, Drinking in America: Our Secret History

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