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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.
Religion is the opium of the masses.
There is always a need for intoxication: China has opium, Islam has hashish, the West has woman.
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.
Thought is a kind of opium; it can intoxicate us, while still broad awake; it can make transparent the mountains and everything that exists.
Henri Frederic Amiel
If organized religion is the opium of the masses, then disorganized religion is the marijuana of the lunatic fringe.
Nobody will laugh long who deals much with opium: its pleasures even are of a grave and solemn complexion.
Thomas de Quincey
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.
Everything one does in life, even love, occurs in an express train racing toward death. To smoke opium is to get out of the train while it is still moving. It is to concern oneself with something other than life or death.
Optimism is the opium of the people.
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.
Opium teaches only one thing, which is that aside from physical suffering, there is nothing real.
Although the Chinese had used opium as a medicine, there was no widespread addiction before the British arrived.
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
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.
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
The British seizure of Hongkong was an aspect of one of the most ugly crimes of the British Empire: the takeover and destruction of India, and the use of India to flood China with opium.
Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it's the cyanide.
Confucianism strongly condemned the use of drugs like opium.
Many Chinese saw opium as a poison introduced by foreign enemies.
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.
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.
What I like about Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium is that it's an understated scent that's somehow familiar.
It appears that the English think the Japanese... are fond of opium, and they want to bring it here also.
The East India Company established a monopoly over the production of opium, shortly after taking over Bengal.
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