Thou hast the keys of Paradise, oh just, subtle, and mighty opium!
Optimism is the opium of the people.
He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie.
Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it's the cyanide.
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
The expense of a war could be paid in time; but the expense of opium, when once the habit is formed, will only increase with time.
If organized religion is the opium of the masses, then disorganized religion is the marijuana of the lunatic fringe.
The President wishes the Japanese to be very prudent about the introduction of opium, and if a treaty is made, he wishes that opium may be strictly prohibited.
Religion is the opium of the masses.
Whereas wine disorders the mental faculties, opium introduces amongst them the most exquisite order, legislation and harmony. Wine robs a man of self-possession; opium greatly invigorates it.
Opium teaches only one thing, which is that aside from physical suffering, there is nothing real.
Nobody will laugh long who deals much with opium: its pleasures even are of a grave and solemn complexion.
Thought is a kind of opium; it can intoxicate us, while still broad awake; it can make transparent the mountains and everything that exists.
Marxism is the opium of the intellectuals.
The country's first drug ban explicitly targeted the opium of "the heathen Chinee." Cocaine was first banned in the south to prevent an uprising of hopped-up "cocainized Negroes."
I was left alone on the veranda with a Chinese neighbor who said in a low voice, Just why are you here in this rough-living country? He expected me to smirk in a manner that would show him I was in the opium business too, in secret. But I looked at him earnestly and answered, For the love of One who loves you. And then I told him of Christ. He said nothing, but backed away with amazement and awe on his face.
There is always a need for intoxication: China has opium, Islam has hashish, the West has woman.
Many Chinese saw opium as a poison introduced by foreign enemies.
Music is no different from opium. Music affects the human mind in a way that makes peoplethinkof nothing but music and sensual matters† Music is a treason to the country, a treason to our youth, and we should cut out all this music and replace it with something instructive.
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.
Coleridge, poet and philosopher wrecked in a mist of opium.