A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 25, 2017
“There are better things in the world than alcohol, but alcohol sort of compensates”

English author Terry Pratchett (1948-2015) wrote in Death’s Domain (1999), in a conversation between Albert and Death:

Death: AH, ALCOHOL.
Albert: ‘Yes, sir.’
Death: THERE ARE BETTER THINGS IN THE WORLD THAN ALCOHOL, ALBERT.
Albert: ‘Oh, yes, sir. But alcohol sort of compensates for not getting them.’


“There are better things in the world than alcohol, but alcohol sort of compensates for not getting them” is a popular form of the quote. The drinking quote has been printed on many images.


Wikipedia: Terry Pratchett
Sir Terence David John “Terry” Pratchett, OBE (28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015) was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of 41 novels. Pratchett’s first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971. The first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983, after which he wrote two books a year on average.

OCLC WorldCat record
Death’s domain.
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publisher: London : Corgi, 1999.
Edition/Format: Print book : Fiction : English

Google Groups: alt.books.pratchett
Death quotations
Ward Griffiths
11/22/99
Håvard Haagenrud
11/21/99
(from “Death’s Domain” p. 12)
(...)
ONCE AGAIN I HAVE TO POINT OUT THE FLAW. LIFE ITSELF PRESENTS INCREDIBLE OBSTACLES FROM THE WORLD GO.

‘Er...yes, that’s a very good point, sir. But *these* obstacles, sir, the point about *these* ...is that they have a club house.’

AH, ALCOHOL.

‘Yes, sir.’

THERE ARE BETTER THINGS IN THE WORLD THAN ALCOHOL, ALBERT.

‘Oh, yes, sir. But alcohol sort of compensates for not getting them.’

Twitter
(((John Eddy)))
‏@jaydeflix
‘THERE ARE BETTER THINGS IN THE WORLD THAN ALCOHOL, ALBERT.’ ‘Oh, yes sir. But alcohol sort of compensates for not getting them.’
9:14 PM - 23 Jul 2009

Twitter
Arve Hanem Høiby
‏@bertleif
“There are better things in the world than alcohol, but alcohol sort of compensates for not getting them.” ( @5tevenw )
7:38 PM - 28 May 2010

Twitter
Angela Lopez
‏@alopezlaz
Death: “THERE ARE BETTER THINGS IN THE WORLD THAN ALCOHOL,”
- “Oh, yes, But alcohol sort of compensates for not getting them.”
4:31 PM - 22 May 2011

Thought Catalog
MARCH 13, 2015
27 Terry Pratchett Quotes That Show Him At His Most Brilliant And Hilarious
James B. Barnes
As you may have heard, Terry Pratchett passed away yesterday at the age of 66. He had Alzheimer’s disease. Pratchett was beloved by his millions of fans for his creative, funny, and often insightful fantasy work, most notably his Discworld series. He sold 85 million books over his lifetime. Here are 27 quotes that show him at his best.
(...)
“Death: “THERE ARE BETTER THINGS IN THE WORLD THAN ALCOHOL, ALBERT.”
Albert: “Oh, yes, sir. But alcohol sort of compensates for not getting them.”
― Terry Pratchett

14 January 2017, Irish Independent (Dublin, Ireland), “The pub: where all men are created equal for the duration of their chosen potion” by John Daly, pg. 32:
In author Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ fantasy, Death castigates his manservant Albert for his inebriation: “There are better things in life than alcohol, Albert!” To which his faithful retainer replies: “Oh, yes, sir. But alcohol sort of compensates for not getting them.”

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