Drugged and Dangerous

Sunday, May 17, 2009 – Drugged and Dangerous

A companion collection to the column Drugged Out


I don’t do drugs. I am drugs. ~ Salvador Dalí

All drugs of any interest to any moderately intelligent person in America are now illegal. ~ Thomas Szasz

Drugs have taught an entire generation of American kids the metric system. ~ P. J. O’Rourke

If God dropped acid, would he see people? ~ Steven Wright

It is difficult to live without opium after having known it because it is difficult, after knowing opium, to take earth seriously. And unless one is a saint, it is difficult to live without taking earth seriously. ~ Jean Cocteau

He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie. ~ Anais Nin

Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. ~ P. J. O’Rourke

Did you know America ranks the lowest in education but the highest in drug use? It’s nice to be number one, but we can fix that. All we need to do is start the war on education. If it’s anywhere near as successful as our war on drugs, in no time we’ll all be hooked on phonics. ~ Leighann Lord

Avoid all needle drugs – the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon. ~ Abbie Hoffman

Reality is a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs. ~ Lily Tomlin

I’ve never had a problem with drugs. I’ve had problems with the police. ~ Keith Richards

Cocaine is God’s way of saying you’re making too much money. ~ Robin Williams

I used to have a drug problem but now I make enough money. ~ David Lee Roth

My peers, lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication – it makes them sociable. I, however, cannot force myself to use drugs to cheat on my loneliness – it is all that I have – and when the drugs and alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well. ~ Franz Kafka

Drugs are a bet with the mind ~ Jim Morrison

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

A junkie is someone who uses their body to tell society that something is wrong. ~ Stella Adler

The sixties were when hallucinogenic drugs were really, really big. And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we had the type of shows we had then, like The Flying Nun. ~ Ellen DeGeneres

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night, who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz. ~ Allen Ginsberg, Howl

Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most. ~ Jimi Hendrix

I never took hallucinogenic drugs because I never wanted my consciousness expanded one unnecessary iota. ~ Fran Lebowitz

Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the nonpharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality. ~ John William Gardner

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. ~ Rudyard Kipling

You should just say no to drugs. That will drive the prices down. ~ Geechy Guy

I don’t need drugs to make my life tragic ~ Eddie Vedder

All right, brain, I don’t like you and you don’t like me – so let’s just do this and I’ll get back to killing you with beer. ~ Homer Simpson.

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. ~ Edmund Burke

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. ~ Woody Allen

If we could sniff or swallow something that would, for five or six hours each day, abolish our solitude as individuals, atone us with our fellows in a glowing exaltation of affection and make life in all its aspects seem not only worth living, but divinely beautiful and significant, and if this heavenly, world-transfiguring drug were of such a kind that we could wake up next morning with a clear head and an undamaged constitution – then, it seems to me, all our problems (and not merely the one small problem of discovering a novel pleasure) would be wholly solved and earth would become paradise. ~ Aldous Huxley

A drug is neither moral nor immoral – it’s a chemical compound. The compound itself is not a menace to society until a human being treats it as if consumption bestowed a temporary license to act like an asshole. ~ Frank Zappa