With Thanksgiving and the holiday season in full swing, it's a time to get together with family and friends to eat, drink, and be merry. It can also be a time of stilted small talk over cocktails, ranting or rambling red-faced toasts, and awkward silences around the dinner table.   

Well, we're here to save you from these social situations -- which, while hilarious in retrospect, can be excruciating and embarrassing while you're suffering through them.

Avoid the awkwardness by gracefully dropping a bon mot. Impress with a clever remark about something near and dear to your heart and which virtually all adults can relate to: drinking, and the joys and sorrows that come with it. And no need to come up with something original -- just take a look at our top 20 list of notable quotes from historical and cultural figures. One quick quip and you'll break the ice or slice through that silence.