An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





I don't respond well to mellow, you know what I mean? I have a tendency to... if I get too mellow, I ripen and then rot.


Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations -- wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


It is not opium which makes me work but its absence, and in order for me to feel its absence it must from time to time be present.


Antonin Artaud (1896-1948, French theater producer, actor, theorist)


Opiate. An unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads into the jail yard.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


The whole LSD, STP, marijuana, heroin, hashish, prescription cough medicine crowd suffers from the "Watchtower" itch: you gotta be with us, man, or you're out, you're dead. This pitch is a continual and seeming MUST with those who use the stuff. It's no wonder they keep getting busted.


Charles Bukowski (1920-1994, German poet, short stories writer, novelist)


Junk is the ideal product... the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy.


William S. Burroughs (1914-1997, American writer)


There isn't any feeling you can get on drugs that you can't get without drugs.


William S. Burroughs (1914-1997, American writer)


Everything one does in life, even love, occurs in an express train racing toward death. To smoke opium is to get out of the train while it is still moving. It is to concern oneself with something other than life or death.


Jean Cocteau (1889-1963, French author, filmmaker)


Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic.


Salvador Dali (1904-1989, Spanish painter)


Drug misuse is not a disease, it is a decision, like the decision to step out in front of a moving car. You would call that not a disease but an error of judgment.


Philip K. Dick (1928-1982, American science fiction writer)


There seems to be no stopping drug frenzy once it takes hold of a nation. What starts with an innocuous HUGS, NOT DRUGS bumper sticker soon leads to wild talk of shooting dealers and making urine tests a condition for employment -- anywhere.


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


There is held to be no surer test of civilization than the increase per head of the consumption of alcohol and tobacco. Yet alcohol and tobacco are recognizable poisons, so that their consumption has only to be carried far enough to destroy civilization altogether.


Havelock Ellis (1859-1939, British psychologist)


Tobacco and opium have broad backs, and will cheerfully carry the load of armies, if you choose to make them pay high for such joy as they give and such harm as they do.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Woe to you, my Princess, when I come... you shall see who is the stronger, a gentle little girl who doesn't eat enough or a big wild man who has cocaine in his body.


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


Nobody stopped thinking about those psychedelic experiences. Once you've been to some of those places, you think, "How can I get back there again but make it a little easier on myself?"


Jerry Garcia (1945-1995, American rock musician, "Grateful Dead")


Nobody saves America by sniffing cocaine, jiggling your knees blankly in the rain, when it snows in your nose you catch cold in your brain.


Allen Ginsberg (1926-, American poet)


Nobody saves America by sniffing cocaine, jiggling your knees blankly in the rain, when it snows in your nose you catch cold in your brain.


Allen Ginsberg (1926-, American poet)


Thou source of all my bliss and all my woe, that found me poor at first, and keep me so.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


If you think dope is for kicks and for thrills, you're out of your mind. There are more kicks to be had in a good case of paralytic polio or by living in an iron lung. If you think you need stuff to play music or sing, you're crazy. It can fix you so you can't play nothing or sing nothing.


Billie Holiday (1915-1959, American jazz singer)


Of course drugs were fun.


Anjelica Huston (1951-, American actress)


If we could sniff or swallow something that would, for five or six hours each day, abolish our solitude as individuals, atone us with our fellows in a glowing exaltation of affection and make life in all its aspects seem not only worth living, but divinely beautiful and significant, and if this heavenly, world-transfiguring drug were of such a kind that we could wake up next morning with a clear head and an undamaged constitution -- then, it seems to me, all our problems (and not merely the one small problem of discovering a novel pleasure) would be wholly solved and earth would become paradise.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


To punish drug takers is like a drunk striking the bleary face it sees in the mirror. Drugs will not be brought under control until society itself changes, enabling men to use them as primitive man did: welcoming the visions they provided not as fantasies, but as intimations of a different, and important, level of reality.


Brian Inglis


Drugs are reality's legal loopholes.


Jeremy P. Johnson


The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that's making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?


John Lennon (1940-1980, British rock musician)


The worst drugs are as bad as anybody's told you. It's just a dumb trip, which I can't condemn people if they get into it, because one gets into it for one's own personal, social, emotional reasons. It's something to be avoided if one can help it.


John Lennon (1940-1980, British rock musician)


Did you know that the White House drug test is multiple choice?


Rush Limbaugh (1951-, American TV personality)


I learned why they're called wonder drugs -- you wonder what they'll do to you.


Harlan Miller


Is marijuana addictive? Yes, in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating.


Richard Neville


Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything America is.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


Marijuana is self-punishing. It makes you acutely sensitive, and in this world, what worse punishment could there be?


P. J. O'Rourke (1947-, American journalist)


No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.


P. J. O'Rourke (1947-, American journalist)


Thou hast the keys of Paradise, oh just, subtle, and mighty opium!


Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859, British author)


I tried to give up drugs by drinking.


Lou Reed (1942-, American musician, guitarist, singer, songwriter)


They shoulda called me Little Cocaine, I was sniffing so much of the stuff! My nose got big enough to back a diesel truck in, unload it, and drive it right out again.


Little Richard (1932-, American entertainer)


It is in the interests of our society to promote those things that take the edge off, keep us busy with our fixes, and keep us slightly outnumbed and zombie like. In this way our modern consumer society itself functions as an addict.


Anne W. Schaef


I don't believe in playing hurt, in taking injections to cover the pain.


Monica Seles (1973-, Yugoslavian-born American tennis player)


It's an ordinary day for Brian. Like, he died every day, you know.


Peter Townsend (British singer, songwriter)


The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this.


William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British poet)


We're talking scum here. Air should be illegal if they breathe it.


Author Unknown


In my day, we didn't have the cocaine, so we went out and knocked somebody over the head and took the money. But today, all this cocaine and crack, it doesn't give kids a chance.


Barry White


Of all that Orient lands can vaunt, of marvels with our own competing, the strangest is the Haschish plant, and what will follow on its eating.


John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892, American poet, reformer, author)


Cocaine is God's way of saying you're making too much money.


Robin Williams (1952-, American actor, comedian)


A drug is neither moral nor immoral -- it's a chemical compound. The compound itself is not a menace to society until a human being treats it as if consumption bestowed a temporary license to act like an asshole.


Frank Zappa (1940-, American rock musician)


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