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.
Author: Woody Allen (1935)
Profession: American Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Comedian
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.
Author: Antonin Artaud (1896-1948)
Profession: French Theater Producer, Actor, Theorist
Opiate. An unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads into the jail yard.
Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
Profession: 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.
Author: Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)
Profession: German Poet, Short Stories Writer, Novelist
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.
Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman
Junk is the ideal product... the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy.
Author: William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)
Profession: 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.
Author: Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)
Profession: French Author, Filmmaker
Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic.
Author: Salvador Dali (1904-1989)
Profession: 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.
Author: Philip K. Dick (1928-1982)
Profession: 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.
Author: Barbara Ehrenreich (1941)
Profession: 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.
Author: Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)
Profession: 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.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Profession: 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.
Author: Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
Profession: 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?''
Author: Jerry Garcia (1945-1995)
Profession: American Rock Musician, ''Grateful Dead''
No monster vibration, no snake universe hallucinations. Many tiny jeweled violet flowers along the path of a living brook that looked like Blake's illustration for a canal in grassy Eden: huge Pacific watery shore, Orlovsky dancing naked like Shiva long-haired before giant green waves, titanic cliffs that Wordsworth mentioned in his own Sublime, great yellow sun veiled with mist hanging over the planet's oceanic horizon. No harm.
Author: Allen Ginsberg (1926)
Profession: American Poet