The Germans are the most philosophic people in the world, and the greatest smokers: now I trace their philosophy to their smoking. Smoking has a sedative effect upon the nerves, and enables a man to bear the sorrows of this life (of which every one has his share) not only decently, but dignifiedly.
Author: George Borrow (1803-1881)
Profession: British Author
If alcohol is queen, then tobacco is her consort. It's a fond companion for all occasions, a loyal friend through fair weather and foul. People smoke to celebrate a happy moment, or to hide a bitter regret. Whether you're alone or with friends, it's a joy for all the senses. What lovelier sight is there than that double row of white cigarettes, lined up like soldiers on parade and wrapped in silver paper? I love to touch the pack in my pocket, open it, savor the feel of the cigarette between my fingers, the paper on my lips, the taste of tobacco on my tongue. I love to watch the flame spurt up, love to watch it come closer and closer, filling me with its warmth.
Author: Luis Bunuel (1900-1983)
Profession: Spanish Film Director
Tobacco, divine, rare, superexcellent tobacco, which goes far beyond all the panaceas, potable gold, and philosophers stones, a sovereign remedy to all diseases but as it is commonly abused by most men, which take it as tinkers do ale, 'Tis a plague, a mischief, a violent purger of goods, lands, health; hellish, devilish and damned tobacco, the ruin and overthrow of body and soul.
Author: Robert Burton (1576-1640)
Profession: British Clergyman, Scholar
Smokers, male and female, inject and excuse idleness in their lives every time they light a cigarette.
Author: Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954)
Profession: French Author
We know [smoking tobacco] is not good for kids, but a lot of other things aren't good. Drinking's not good. Some would say milk's not good.
Author: Bob Dole (1923)
Profession: American Politician
I doused the fatal instrument with lightning promptitude, but it was a good seven minutes before the last indignant handkerchief had folded its wings and gone back to its reticule and the last manufactured cough died protestingly away.
Author: Margaret Halsey (1910)
Profession: American Author
Pull out a Monte Cristo at a dinner party and the political liberal turns into the nicotine fascist.
Author: Martyn Harris
But when I don't smoke I scarcely feel as if I'm living. I don't feel as if I'm living unless I'm killing myself.
Author: Russell Hoban (1925)
Profession: American Author
A custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black, stinking fume thereof nearest resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless.
Author: James I of England
Profession: King of Great Britain
I attribute the quarrelsome nature of the Middle Ages young men entirely to the want of the soothing weed.
Author: Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)
Profession: British Humorous Writer, Novelist, Playwright
I tried to stop smoking cigarettes by telling myself I just didn't want to smoke, but I didn't believe myself.
Author: Barbara Kelly
You know, it's cigarettes that killed (Jerry) Garcia. Everyone thinks it's heroin, but it wasn't. It was cigarettes.
Author: John Mellencamp
Profession: American Rock Musician
Now I'm being blamed not only for anorexia but for lung cancer. [On being a high-profile social smoker]
Author: Kate Moss (1974)
Profession: British-born American-born American Model
Much smoking kills live men and cures dead swine.
Author: George D. Prentice
Profession: American Editor
To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did, I ought to know because I've done it a thousand times.
Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Profession: American Humorist, Writer