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Religion is the opium of the masses.
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.
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.
Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it's the cyanide.
There is always a need for intoxication: China has opium, Islam has hashish, the West has woman.
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
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.
Although the Chinese had used opium as a medicine, there was no widespread addiction before the British arrived.
Optimism is the opium of the people.
Opium teaches only one thing, which is that aside from physical suffering, there is nothing real.
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.
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.
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
It appears that the English think the Japanese... are fond of opium, and they want to bring it here also.
The President of the United States thinks that for the Japanese opium is more dangerous than war.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Confucianism strongly condemned the use of drugs like opium.
The East India Company established a monopoly over the production of opium, shortly after taking over Bengal.
Nobody will laugh long who deals much with opium: its pleasures even are of a grave and solemn complexion.
Thomas de Quincey
Marxism is the opium of the intellectuals.
If organized religion is the opium of the masses, then disorganized religion is the marijuana of the lunatic fringe.
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