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The flowers in silence seem to breathe
Such thoughts as language cannot tell.


P A glass in the hand is
worth two on the shelf,@
So tipple it down
and refresh yourself.
This means that holding a glass in your hand (to enjoy a drink) is better than having two glasses on the shelf that aren't being and enjoyed. The expression gtipple it downh means to drink intoxicating liquor - especially in small sips. A gtipplerh is someone who drinks intoxicating liquor. This toast can be used in almost any occasion where guests are served alcoholic drinks.
Q A health to our sweethearts,@
Our friends and our wives,
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And may fortune smile on them
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The rest of their lives.
This means that we wish that our sweethearts, friends, and wives enjoy good health and that they have good fortune (good luck, success, etc.) the rest of their lives - as long as they live. This is suitable for any general gathering. The expression gA health to...h is rather old-fashioned. We'd now say gGood health to...hand this can be given as gGood health to our sweethearts,...h
R Another candle on the cake,
That's not cause to pout.
Be glad you've still got wind enough
To blow the damn things out.
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This would be an appropriate toast for a birthday celebration. It's somewhat humorous. It would be most appropriate for the birthday celebration of someone older - 55 or older. It means that although we're getting older, we should be happy that we will have enough energy (and wind) to blow out the candles on our birthday cake.
S A pipe, a book, a fire, a friend,
A stein that's always full.
Here's to the joys of
a bachelor's life,
A life that is never dull!
A pipe, a book, a fire (especially on a cold day) and a friend are all things that bring pleasure. A gsteinh is a beer mug (in German). This means that, besides all the other good things the person also always has a full beer mug. These things express the pleasure of being a bachelor and being able to enjoy all the finer things of life. Saying gA life that is never dullh implies that a bachelor has an interesting, active life. This might be used in toasting a person who is a bachelor or even toasting a person who is planning to get married soon.
T By those we love may we be loved. This is suitable for almost any occasion except a funeral. It would be very suitable for a wedding. It means that having the people we love also love us is desirable or good.
U Drink to the man who keeps his head,
Though he loses his heart!
This might be said for any situation, especially for a wedding party or a party for an intended groom. It means that we should give our best wishes to a man who is calm, rational, and thinks clearly, even though he may be in love.
V Gentlemen! May you never scold a wife,
Or wife a scold!
This is rather old English use. To "scold a wife" means to verbally criticize or reprove (show displeasure toward) your wife. The expression "to wife a scold" (old English use) means to marry a woman who scolds or nags - one who is constantly criticizing and complaining. The expression "to wife" means to make someone your wife - to marry the person. This would rarely be used. It might be used with older people in the English countryside, in Ireland, or in Scotland.
W Happy birthday to you, and many to be,
With friends that are true, as you are to me.
This would be said only to a close friend on his or her birthday. This means gI wish you a happy birthday and many more happy birthdays to come (in the future) and that the birthdays be spent with close friends who are loyal, as the person is to the speaker.h
X Here's to a long life and a merry one;
A quick death and an easy one;
A pretty girl and a loving one;
A cold bottle - and another oneI
This could be used on almost any occasion, especially one where alcoholic drinks are served - or at least beer or ale. It would most appropriately be said by a bachelor. The word gmerryh isn't very common - it means ghappyh or gjoyous.h
10 Here's to beefsteak when you're hungry
- Whiskey when you're dry,
All the girls you ever want,
And heaven when you die!
This might most appropriately be said at a stag party (for men only) and would most appropriately be said by a bachelor. The word "girls" means "women" - it means that the person wishes that you have the company of as many women as you would like.
PP Here's to health to all who need it! This might be said on any occasion, by anyone. It means that the person wishes everyone who needs good health would be healthy. It's a very thoughtful comment.
PQ Here's to it! Bugs do it and die,
Birds do it and fly.
Dogs do it and stick to it,
So why can't you and I?
This refers to having sex - engaging in sex. The person says, "Let's drink to sex!" Bugs (insects) often die after having sex. Birds often fly after sex and dogs become tightly engaged during sex - more and less stuck together. The final line means, "So why can't you and I enjoy sex?" be used only in a mature, adult crowd or at a stag party (party for men only).
PR Here's to love, the fire against which
there is no insurance.
This means that the person is drinking to show his favor for love - a very strong emotion (fire) and that there is no insurance against being deeply in love (burning with love). This might be said at almost any occasion - especially at a wedding party or a pre-marriage or engagement party. It would normally be said by a man.
PS Here's to man from morning to night;
Here's to the man with courage to fight-
The courage to fight and courage to live
The courage to learn, to love and forgive.
A person offering such a toast would be inspired by a courageous person who dares to fight for what he thinks is right, the courage to learn, the courage to love someone deeply and the courage or ability to forgive others for their wrong. This might be given at almost any general party or dinner. It would most appropriately be given by a man.
15 Here's to man - he can afford anything
he can get.
Here's to woman - she can afford anything
she can get a man to get for her!
This is rather self-explanatory. The person says gLet's drinkh ito celebrate) man who can afford to buy whatever he can | whatever he has the money to buy. And to woman who can afford anything she can get a man to buy for her. This is a commentary on woman's ability to get men to buy things for her. This might be said in a mature adult group, especially older people. It would most suitable be said by a man.
16 Here's to man - he's like a kerosene lamp;
He's not especially bright;
He's often turned down; He frequently smokes;
And he frequently goes out at night!
This is a rather humorous toast comparing man to a kerosene lamp. The lamp isn't very bright (it doesn't shine very brightly) and man isn't very bright (very intelligent). Man is often turned down irejectedj and a kerosene lamp is often turned down (turned down to low flame). A man often goes out at night (to night clubs, bars, on dates, etc.) and a kerosene lamp often goes out (is often extinguished (put out) ) at night. This might be said at any general gathering, but not at a wedding party or important ceremony.
17 Here's to one and only one,
And may that one be he/she
Who loves one and only one,
And may that one be me.
This could be said at any gathering, but not at a wedding or important ceremony. The person is drinking to one person that might be the one for him / her - one or she loves and that would love the person in return. This is a catchy play on words.
18
Here's to Miss Prim,
For her life held no terrors.
Born a virgin, died a virgin
No hits, no runs, no errors.

This is a catchy play on words used in baseball. A perfect game for a team is one in which the opposing team doesn't get any hits or runs and the team itself doesn't make any errors. The name gMiss Primh refers to a woman who is very properly behaved - one who does everything properly. The expression gher life held no terrorsh means that she didn't have any worries or problems in her life. The woman was so proper that she was born a virgin and was a virgin until she died. The expression gno hits, no runs, no errorsh means that she had no successes in dating men, she didn't get involved sexually with men and didn't do anything improper. This might be said at any general occasion, but not at a wedding or important ceremony.
19 Here's to our hostess, considerate and sweet;
Her wit is endless, but when do we eat?
This might be said in a toast before dinner, while waiting for dinner to be served. It could be used on all but the most important and solemn occasions.It is rather humorous because it praises the hostess as being gconsiderate and sweet,h but then humorously asked gwhen do we eat?h This isn't said seriously - only in fun.
20 Here's to our sweethearts and our wives,
May our sweethearts soon become our wives,
And our wives ever remain our sweethearts.
This might be said in any general party or dinner or at a wedding, but not at an important ceremony or solemn occasion. It is rather self-explanatory. It means that the person hopes that each man's sweethearts will become the man's wife and that after they are married, they will continue to be sweethearts forever.
QP Here's to our wives and sweethearts
may they never meet.
The first part of this seems to refer to wives of married men and sweethearts of single men. But, the second part is a switch. It implies that married men have sweethearts\besides their wives and that the men don't want the wives and sweethearts to meet each other. This is suitable for a stag (men-only) party or a party with and older, general audience. It isn't suitable for a wedding party or an important or solemn occasion.
QQ Here's to our wives!
They keep our hives
In little bees and honey;
They darn our socks,
They soothe life's shocks,
And don't they spend the money.
The expression gthey keep our hives in little bees and honeyh doesn't literally mean that they take care of our bee hives (bee dwellings) full of bees and honey. It means that they take care of our daily needs, such as food, clothing, and family affairs. Wives also darn (sew) our socks and calm and comforts us during times of trouble or worry. The last part is rather humorous, but has some truth: gAnd don't they spend the moneyh which refers to some wives being extravagant and speding money too freely. This might be said in a general party of middle-aged and older people. It would be said by a man. It wouldn't be suitable for a wedding party or an important or formal occasion.

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