• Serenely Wandering in a Trance of Sober Thought
    Serenely Wandering in a Trance of Sober Thought
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n soberness a manner that is serious and solemn
    • n soberness the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcohol
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When you are perfectly sober When you are perfectly sober

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to the National Safety Council, coffee is not successful at sobering up a drunk person, and in many cases it may actually increase the adverse effects of alcohol.
    • n Soberness The quality or state of being sober.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n soberness The state or character of being sober, in any sense of the word; sobriety.
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  • Tom Lehrer
    Tom Lehrer
    “It is a sobering thought, that when Mozart was my age he had been dead for two years.”
  • Sir Richard Burton
    Sir Richard Burton
    “When I played drunks I had to remain sober because I didn't know how to play them when I was drunk.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
  • William Butler Yeats
    “The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.”
  • Henry Giles
    Henry Giles
    “People creep into childhood, bound into youth, sober in adulthood, and soften into old age.”


In literature:

The General's new American aide-de-camp, Colonel Washington, was quite sober and serene.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
As a matter of fact, he was scarcely ever sober.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
Tip Lewis had wedged his way in among the boys until he stood very near the minister, and his face wore a sober, thoughtful look.
"Tip Lewis and His Lamp" by Pansy
They were soberer than me when I knew them first.
"Lister's Great Adventure" by Harold Bindloss
And therefore I must ask, in sober sadness, how long would His influence last?
"All Saints' Day and Other Sermons" by Charles Kingsley
We returned to the ranch very soberly.
"Bunch Grass" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Even his twinkling eyes were sobered too.
"The Sky Line of Spruce" by Edison Marshall
Mark, himself, was perfectly sober.
"The Crater" by James Fenimore Cooper
The night air cooled his brow, and recalled him to sober earnest and the eighteenth century.
"The Castle Inn" by Stanley John Weyman
The Encouragement given to People of this Stamp, made me soon throw off the remaining Impressions of a sober Education.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele

In poetry:

Be sober, pious, and sincere,
And worship God with Christian fear,
If not — I will be bold to say,
That you'll be hurl'd to hell, one day.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
Seven springs have passed since then, as I
Count with a sober sorrow;
Seven springs have come and passed me by,
And spring sets in to-morrow.
"A Farm Walk" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
The man who sought the ways of truth,
Paid friends and neighbors all their due;
A modest, sober, lovely youth,
And thought he wanted nothing new.
"Hymn 23 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Grave her coming is and still,
Sober her appealing mien,
Tender thoughts her glances fill;
But I shudder, as one will
When an open grave is seen.
"My Birthday" by Susan Coolidge
I knew his well-known sober flight,
That boyhood made so dear to me;
And, blessings on him! he stopp'd in sight,
And sang where I could hear and see.
"The Cuckoo" by Alexander Anderson
But if He keeps not secret—if thine eyes
He openeth to His wondrous work of late—
Think how in soberness thy wisdom lies,
And have the grace to wait.
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Sober for 7 months, man busted for huffing twice in 24 hours.
Children who have had a taste of Hugo's 18th-century epic through the animated film may find this version, with its absence of song, rather sobering.
The Mining Safety and Health Administration offers some pretty sobering statistics and investigations.
A Feel-Good Day, a Sobering Speech.
) "Two And A Half Men" star freely admits to having done more cocaine "than anybody could survive," he's apparently been sober during his media blitz.
The sober reality of the bar and restaurant industry is that most people who work in it do not have access to healthcare benefits — which makes taking measures against any type of serious injury or illness a stiff challenge.
Sobering what America let slip away.
Therapist and founder of New Horizon Sober House, Tina Coffelt says she has seen it all.
This is especially sobering because Hispanics have made many significant economic inroads in the industry.
And the fact that she's now been sober for six years -- make her a credible advocate for women who are now walking the same streets she once did.
' Apocalyptic Planet' absorbing, sobering look at past and probable future deaths of Earth.
Sobering statistic, but there are some ways you can help protect your property.
Fire Prevention Week a sobering reminder.
"Miss G", who was last photographed in 1996 when the courts tried to take control of her pregnancy because she sniffed, is today clean and sober and lives with her 14-year-old son who is healthy and doing well in school.
The Austin Roundup is a Recovery Conference hosted by members of the LGBT recovery community that provides a sober environment for the celebration and enhancement of life in recovery for anyone affected by alcohol addiction.

In science:

This is an important and sobering conclusion.
Is Dark Energy Dynamical? Prospects for an Answer
If X has enough points, then we can identify this locale with the lattice of open subsets of a sober topological space X (recall that a topological space X is said to be sober if every irreducible subset of X has a unique generic point).
Derived Algebraic Geometry V: Structured Spaces
Let LTop′ denote the ful l subcategory of LTop spanned by those 0-localic ∞Proposition 2.5.14. topoi with enough points, and let Topsob denote the category of sober topological spaces and continuous maps.
Derived Algebraic Geometry V: Structured Spaces
Let RingSpacek denote the ordinary category of pairs (X, OX ), where X is a sober topological space and OX is a sheaf of commutative k-algebras on X .
Derived Algebraic Geometry V: Structured Spaces
Suppose that X is local ly sober: that is, X is the union of its sober open subsets.
Derived Algebraic Geometry V: Structured Spaces