The phrase you mentioned was taken Shakespeare?s play Macbeth in a
conversation between the Porter and Macduff.
Here is the reference:
Act 2, Scene 3
'Faith sir, we were carousing till the
second cock: and drink, sir, is a great
provoker of three things.
What three things does drink especially provoke?
?Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and
urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes;
it provokes the desire, but it takes
away the performance: therefore, much drink
may be said to be an equivocator with lechery:
it makes him, and it mars him; it sets
him on, and it takes him off; it persuades him,
and disheartens him; makes him stand to, and
not stand to; in conclusion, equivocates him
in a sleep, and, giving him the lie, leaves him.?
"Drink provokes the desire but takes away the performance." (William Shakespeare)
Drink, Sir, is a great provoker of three things, nose-painting, sleep
?and urine. Lechery, it provokes, and unprovokes: it provokes the
desire, but it takes away the performance.?
Macbeth, 2. 3
All Great Quotes
'Drink, sir, is a provoker of three things ... Lechery, sir, it
provokes, and unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but takes away the
performance.' (Macbeth) act 2, sc 3.
Shakespeare drink provokes three things
Macbeth Scene Act 3
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