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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

If addiction is judged by how long a dumb animal will sit pressing a lever to get a 'fix' of something, to its own detriment, then I would conclude that netnews is far more addictive than cocaine.  ~Rob Stampfli

I don't do drugs.  I am drugs.  ~Salvador Dali

All drugs of any interest to any moderately intelligent person in America are now illegal.  ~Thomas Szasz

Don't do drugs because if you do drugs you'll go to prison, and drugs are really expensive in prison.  ~John Hardwick

Drugs have taught an entire generation of American kids the metric system.  ~P.J. O'Rourke

Legends tell of herbs of such virtue, that they enable those who find and know how to use them to see the wonders of fairy-land. ~Henry James Slack (1818–1896), The Ministry of the Beautiful, 1850

If God dropped acid, would he see people?  ~Steven Wright

Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society.  If we're looking for the source 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

I once tried to snort Coke but the ice cubes got stuck in my nose. ~Johnny Yune, James Orr, and Ross Jeffries, They Still Call Me Bruce, 1987

Did you know America ranks the lowest in education but the highest in drug use?  It's nice to be number one, but we can fix that.  All we need to do is start the war on education.  If it's anywhere near as successful as our war on drugs, in no time we'll all be hooked on phonics.  ~Leighann Lord

Avoid all needle drugs - the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon.  ~Abbie Hoffman

Give me librium or give me meth. ~Mart Crowley, The Boys In the Band, 1968

Reality is a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.  ~Lily Tomlin

Drugs may be the road to nowhere, but at least they're the scenic route.  ~Author Unknown

Unlimited goodwill. Suspension of the compulsive anxiety complex. The beautiful "character" unfolds. All of those present become comically iridescent. At the same time one is pervaded by their aura. ~Walter Benjamin, "On Hashish"

Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the window except that the birds might eat them.  ~Martin H. Fischer, Fischerisms

A miracle drug is any drug that will do what the label says it will do.  ~Eric Hodgins

I've never had a problem with drugs.  I've had problems with the police.  ~Keith Richards

It is difficult to live without opium after having known it because it is difficult, after knowing opium, to take earth seriously. And unless one is a saint, it is difficult to live without taking earth seriously. ~Jean Cocteau

      Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantelpiece, and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle, and rolled back his left shirt-cuff. For some little time his eyes rested thoughtfully upon the sinewy forearm and wrist, all dotted and scarred with innumerable puncture-marks. Finally, he thrust the sharp point home, pressed down the tiny piston, and sank back into the velvet-lined arm-chair with a long sigh of satisfaction.
      'Which is it to-day,' I asked, 'morphine or cocaine?'
      'It is cocaine,' he said, 'a seven-per-cent solution. Would you care to try it?'
      'No, indeed,' I answered brusquely. 'My constitution cannot afford to throw any extra strain upon it.'
      He smiled at my vehemence. 'Perhaps you are right, Watson,' he said. 'I suppose that its influence is physically a bad one. I find it, however, so transcendently stimulating and clarifying to the mind that its secondary action is a matter of small moment.'
      'But consider!' I said earnestly. 'Count the cost! Your brain may be roused and excited, but a black reaction comes upon you. Surely the game is hardly worth the candle. Why should you, for a mere passing pleasure, risk the loss of your great powers?'
      'My mind,' he said, 'rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.' ~A. Conan Doyle, "The Science of Deduction," The Sign of Four, 1889  [a little altered —tg]

About my soberversary... It is absurd to measure sobriety in units of time. It is a state of being. One is either in it or out of it. In my case, I am in it — permanently. ~Elementary, "Dead Man's Switch," 2013, teleplay by Liz Friedman & Christopher Silber  [S1, E20, Sherlock Holmes to Joan Watson]

I'm in favor of it as long as it's multiple choice.  ~Kurt Rambis, on drug testing

Everyone should have a morphine drip. There would be no more war. ~Two and a Half Men, "Why We Gave Up Women," 2012, written by Eddie Gorodetsky, Jim Patterson, and Don Reo [S9, E22, Alan Harper]

I don't know.  I never smoked AstroTurf.  ~Tug McGraw, when asked if he preferred grass or AstroTurf, April 1974

It is easy to get a thousand prescriptions but hard to get one single remedy.  ~Chinese Proverb

In the 1960s, people took acid to make the world weird.  Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.  ~Author Unknown

God made pot.  Man made beer.  Who do you trust?  ~Graffiti

Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.  ~Bob Marley

I don't like people who take drugs.  Customs agents, for example.  ~Author Unknown

Thou hast the keys of Paradise, oh, just, subtle, and mighty opium!  ~Thomas De Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Part II

Drugs and alcohol are the cruel engine of many an artists' creativity. ~Nathan Hartzenberg, "Copywriting and Art: Where Does One Start and the Other Begin?" 2014 September 15th,

Bones: "But cannabis has been used for thousands of years in a medicinal capacity. Even the ancient Egyptians used marijuana to treat hemorrhoids."
Booth: "Which, you know, they probably got from sitting around being stoned all day."
~Bones, "The High in the Low," written by Keith Foglesong, original airdate April 7th 2014

You know you're a grownup when your houseplants are alive and you can't smoke any of them.  ~Author Unknown

I will lift mine eyes unto the pills.  Almost everyone takes them, from the humble aspirin to the multi-coloured, king-sized three deckers, which put you to sleep, wake you up, stimulate and soothe you all in one.  It is an age of pills.  ~Malcolm Muggeridge, 1962

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

He does not need opium.  He has the gift of reverie.  ~Anais Nin

Drugs are very much a part of professional sports today, but when you think about it, golf is the only sport where the players aren't penalized for being on grass.  ~Bob Hope

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