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Speaking as somebody who's been in the drug scene, it's not something you can go on and on doing, you know. It's like drink, or anything, you've got to come to terms with it. You know, like too much food, or too much anything. You've got to get out of it. You're left with yourself all the time, whatever you do--you know, meditation, drugs or anything. But you've got to get down to your own god and your own temple in your head.

JOHN LENNON, ATV interview, Dec. 2, 1969

Drugs or overeating or alcohol or sex, it was all just another way to find peace. To escape what we know. Our education. Our bite of the apple.


The drug culture has shaped at least one major change since the Sixties; It became the basis for overloading our prisons.

JIMMY CARTER, Rolling Stone, May 3, 2007

I have always had this very strong, call it a feeling, call it a prejudice, call it a conviction ... that the mysteries are not easily available. You have to earn entrance into them. You didn't learn things for too little. You had to pay a price. And I felt that LSD was just blasting superhighways into the mysteries. And what I really didn't like about LSD is that people who were taking it were seeming to become less and less as they took it. They got emptier and more vapid.

NORMAN MAILER, Rolling Stone, May 3, 2007

All any drug amounts to is tweaking the incoming data. You have to be incredibly self-centered or pathetic to be satisfied with simply tweaking the incoming data.

WILLIAM GIBSON, No Maps for These Territories

Speeding is like drugs. It makes everything come at you fast, and when you go back to normal driving, safe driving, prudent driving, it seems boring. That's the danger of drugs. At first it's intoxicating, but then the rest of your life you're trying to find that very first time. It never is the same.

TIM ALLEN, Reader's Digest, Oct. 2001

I think if you were Satan and you were settin around tryin to think up somethin that would just bring the human race to its knees what you would probably come up with is narcotics. Maybe he did.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, No Country for Old Men

Don't waste good drugs on killing yourself. Share them with friends and have a party. Or send them to me.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, The Independent Review, Mar. 25, 2004

I don't do drugs. I am drugs.

SALVADOR DALI, attributed, Quote Unquote

O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!


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, preface, Lyrical Ballads

Imagine a society that subjects people to conditions that make them terribly unhappy, then gives them drugs to take away their unhappiness. Science fiction? It is already happening to some extent in our own society.... Instead of removing the conditions that make people depressed, modern society gives them antidepressant drugs. In effect, antidepressants are a means of modifying an individual's internal state in such a way as to enable him to tolerate social conditions that he would otherwise find intolerable.

THEODORE J. KACZYNSKI, Technological Slavery

Don't do drugs, because you will go to prison, and drugs are really expensive in prison.

JOHN HARDWICK, attributed, Quotes, Jokes & Anecdotes

I've seen the needle and the damage done
A little part of it in everyone
But every junkie's like a settin' sun.

NEIL YOUNG, "The Needle and the Damage Done"

You find out so many interesting things when you're not on drugs.

BOY GEORGE, attributed, 2,320 Funniest Quotes

The drugs had become a part of my routine. Something to wake me up. Something to help me sleep. Something to calm my nerves. There was a time when I was able to wake up, go to sleep, and have fun without a pill or a line to help me function. These days it felt like I might have a nervous breakdown if I didn't have them.


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, A Scanner Darkly

I start to get the feeling that something is really wrong. Like all the drugs put together – the lithium, the Prozac, the desipramine, and Desyrel that I take to sleep at night – can no longer combat whatever it is that was wrong with me in the first place. I feel like a defective model.


Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed.

JIMMY CARTER, attributed, Chilling Out: The Cultural Politics of Substance Consumption

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

ROBIN WILLIAMS, attributed, The 2,320 Funniest Quotes

You can turn back on a person, but you can never turn your back on a drug, especially when it's waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye.

HUNTER S. THOMPSON, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

It's such a waste to be wasted in the first place.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, "This Velvet Glove"

All your dreams are made
When you're chained to the mirror and a razor blade.

OASIS, "Morning Glory"

Junk turns the user into a plant. Plants do not feel pain since pain has no function in a stationary organism. Junk is a pain killer. A plant has no libido in the human or animal sense. Junk replaces the sex drive. Seeding is the sex of the plant and the function of opium is to delay seeding. Perhaps the intense discomfort of withdrawal is the transition from plant back to animal, from a painless, sexless, timeless state back to sex and pain and time, from death back to life.


Some of us look for the Way in opium and some in God, some of us in whiskey and some in love. It is all the same Way and it leads nowhither.


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, The Dick Cavett Show, September 24, 1971

The last mosquito that bit me had to check into the Betty Ford clinic.

JOANNA LUMLEY, Absolutely Fabulous

I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle use the man
I've seen them crawl from the cradle to the gutter on their hands
They fight a war but it's fatal, it's so hard to understand
I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle use the man.

MEGADETH, "Use the Man"


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