Opium Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Opium Quotes from Charles Kingsley, Edmund Wilson, Robert Trout, Thomas de Quincey, Edie Campbell. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

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We have used the Bible as if it were a mere special constable’s handbook, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they are overloaded.
Charles Kingsley
Marxism is the opium of the intellectuals.
Edmund Wilson
Although the Chinese had used opium as a medicine, there was no widespread addiction before the British arrived.
Robert Trout
Nobody will laugh long who deals much with opium: its pleasures even are of a grave and solemn complexion.
Thomas de Quincey
Many Chinese saw opium as a poison introduced by foreign enemies.
Robert Trout
What I like about Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium is that it’s an understated scent that’s somehow familiar.
Edie Campbell
Among the remedies which it has pleased Almighty God to give to man to relieve his sufferings, none is so universal and so efficacious as opium.
Thomas Sydenham
There is always a need for intoxication: China has opium, Islam has hashish, the West has woman.
Andre Malraux
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.
Karl Marx
Religion is the opium of the masses.
Karl Marx
If you make a treaty first with the United States and settle the matter of the opium trade, England cannot change this, though she should desire to do so.
Townsend Harris
Religious suffering is at once the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of the heartless world, as it is the soul of soulless condition. It is the opium of the people.
John Desmond Bernal
My role is to embody the Black Opium woman – I suppose you have to be the living embodiment of all the intangible things the brand stands for.
Edie Campbell
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
Optimism is the opium of the people.
Milan Kundera
I started writing ‘The Lord of Opium’ in 2008 and produced about 80 pages before disaster struck. Three eye operations nearly put an end to my career.
Nancy Farmer
I think you can go back in history and look at what the effect in Asia and the world was of a divided, fractured China from, you know, the opium wars through the Chinese civil war, and I don’t think it was pretty for Asia or the world.
Dennis C. Blair
Too often, stories about Afghanistan center around the various wars, the opium trade, the war on terrorism. Precious little is said about the Afghan people themselves – their culture, their traditions, how they lived in their country and how they manage abroad as exiles.
Khaled Hosseini
Opium teaches only one thing, which is that aside from physical suffering, there is nothing real.
Andre Malraux
The East India Company established a monopoly over the production of opium, shortly after taking over Bengal.
Robert Trout