Using drugs gets a bad rap – and sometimes for good reason.
But there are those who have had some pretty mind-expanding experiences. There’s a huge difference between experimenting and hard-core addiction.
Drug use has long been advocated by creative people such as authors, musicians, artists, and actors. It’s no wonder many of the drug quotes in books and floating around the internet are from them.
We’ll take a look at how some of the most creative people spoke or speak of their drug experiences.
Twelve of the Greatest Drug Quotes
If you partake in a little recreational drug use and it’s not something that consumes your life, then you’ve certainly had your own unique experience.
Maybe you’re interested in seeing how others experience drug use.
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1. Jerry Garcia
Of course, no drug quote list would be complete without Garcia’s musings.
“Nobody stopped thinking about those psychedelic experiences. Once you’ve been to some of those places, you think, “How can I get back there again but make it a little easier on myself?”
2. Hunter S. Thompson
No drug quote list would be complete without Thompson either.
“Ignore that nightmare in the bathroom. Just another ugly refugee from the Love Generation, some doom-struck gimp who couldn’t handle the pressure. My attorney has never been able to accept the notion – often espoused by reformed drug abusers and especially popular among those on probation – that you can get a lot higher without drugs than with them. And neither have I, for that matter.”
3. Willie Nelson
For Nelson, using marijuana is a religious experience.
“I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?”
4. Chelsea Handler
Comedian Handler puts a funny spin on it.
“While looking at a website for liposuction, I learned that it was a six-to-eight-week recovery period, the clincher being that, during that time, I would under no circumstances be able to use street drugs. Obviously, I had to think of a more realistic approach.”
5. Aldous Huxley
This from the revolutionary writer of Doors of Perception:
“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.”
6. Chuck Palahniuk
If you’ve never read any Palahniuk, put him on your list.
“You realize that people take drugs because it’s the only real personal adventure left to them in their time-constrained, law-and-order, property-lined world. It’s only in drugs or death we’ll see anything new, and death is just too controlling.”
7. Milton Friedman
Even this famous economist had something to say.
“Now here’s somebody who wants to smoke a marijuana cigarette. If he’s caught, he goes to jail. Now is that moral? Is that proper? I think it’s absolutely disgraceful that our government, supposed to be our government, should be in the position of converting people who are not harming others into criminals, of destroying their lives, putting them in jail. That’s the issue to me. The economic issue comes in only for explaining why it has those effects. But the economic reasons are not the reasons.”
8. Anthony Kiedis
Lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers chimed in with this:
“I’ve wanted to feel pleasure to the point of insanity. They call it getting high because it’s wanting to know that higher level, that godlike level. You want to touch the heavens, you want to feel glory and euphoria, but the trick is it takes work. You can’t buy it, you can’t get it on a street corner, you can’t steal it or inject it or shove it up your ass, you have to earn it.”
9. Timothy Leary
Everyone knows about Dr. Leary and his studies on psychotropic drugs.
“LSD is a psychedelic drug which occasionally causes psychotic behavior in people who have NOT taken it.”
10. Charles Bukowski
Bukowski burned some bridges – though no one blames the drugs.
“I think that everything should be made available to everybody, and I mean LSD, cocaine, codeine, grass, opium, the works. Nothing on earth available to any man should be confiscated and made unlawful by other men in more seemingly powerful and advantageous positions.”
11. Alexander Shulgin
Words of wisdom from a respected medicinal chemist, biochemist, organic chemist and pharmacologist.
“Use them with care, and use them with respect as to the transformations they can achieve, and you have an extraordinary research tool. Go banging about with a psychedelic drug for a Saturday night turn-on, and you can get into a really bad place, psychologically. Know what you’re using, decide just why you’re using it, and you can have a rich experience. They’re not addictive, and they’re certainly not escapist, either, but they’re exceptionally valuable tools for understanding the human mind, and how it works.”
12. Harry Nilsson
You need only to listen to Nilsson’s music to know he’s felt some stuff.
“I was on acid and I looked at the trees and I realized that they all came to points, and the little branches came to points, and the houses came to point. I thought, ‘Oh! Everything has a point, and if it doesn’t, then there’s a point to it.”
Just to Clarify…
The above drug quotes are not an attempt to trivialize drug use. As we said before, there’s a big difference between recreational drug use and drug dependency.
At any rate, we hope you enjoyed this little journey through the minds of some very interesting people.
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