Optimism 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.
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.
Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it's the cyanide.
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.
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.
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