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Quote: I feel that any form of so called psychotherapy is strongly contraindicated for addicts. The question ''Why did you start using narcotics in the first place?'' should never be asked. It is quite as irrelevant to treatment as it would be to ask a malarial patient why he went to a malarial area.

Author: William S. Burroughs 1914-1997, American Writer

Quote: It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality. There are more television addicts, more baseball and football addicts, more movie addicts, and certainly more alcohol addicts in this country than there are narcotics addicts.

Author: Shirley Chisholm 1924-, American Social activist

Quote: If an addict who has been completely cured starts smoking again he no longer experiences the discomfort of his first addiction. There exists, therefore, outside alkaloids and habit, a sense for opium, an intangible habit which lives on, despite the recasting of the organism. The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house.

Author: Jean Cocteau 1889-1963, French Author, Filmmaker

Quote: It is not I who become addicted, it is my body.

Author: Jean Cocteau 1889-1963, French Author, Filmmaker

Quote: My case is a species of madness, only that it is a derangement of the Volition, and not of the intellectual faculties.

Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834, British Poet, Critic, Philosopher

Quote: In this country, don't forget, a habit is no damn private hell. There's no solitary confinement outside of jail. A habit is hell for those you love. And in this country it's the worst kind of hell for those who love you.

Author: Billie Holiday 1915-1959, American Jazz Singer

Quote: Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.

Author: Carl Jung 1875-1961, Swiss Psychiatrist

Quote: To possess your soul in patience, with all the skin and some of the flesh burnt off your face and hands, is a job for a boy compared with the pains of a man who has lived pretty long in the exhilarating world that drugs or strong waters seem to create and is trying to live now in the first bald desolation created by knocking them off.

Author: C. E. Montague 1867-1928, British Author, Journalist

Quote: For many, negative thinking is a habit, which over time, becomes an addiction... A lot of people suffer from this disease because negative thinking is addictive to each of the Big Three -- the mind, the body, and the emotions. If one doesn't get you, the others are waiting in the wings.

Author: Peter McWilliams

Quote: Treat your mind like a bad neighborhood - don't go there alone.

Author: Anonymous

Quote: Our sickness is between our ears.

Author: Anonymous

Quote: Cocaine isn't habit forming. I should know - I've been using it for years.

Author: Tallulah Bankhead

Quote: Here is only one reason why men become addicted to drugs, they are weak men. Only strong men are cured, and they cure themselves.

Author: Martin H. Fischer

Quote: All sin tends to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is what is called damnation

Author: W. H. Auden

Quote: Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.

Author: Carl Gustav Jung

Quote: Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity. Author: Friedrich Nietzsche

Quote: Whether talking about addiction, taxation [on cigarettes] or education [about smoking], there is always at the center of the conversation an essential conundrum: How come we’re selling this deadly stuff anyway?

Author: Anna Quindlen

Quote: Addiction, obesity, starvation (anorexia nervosa) are political problems, not psychiatric: each condense and expresses a contest between the individual and some other person or persons in his environment over the control of the individual’s body.

Author: Thomas Szasz

Quote: Have you heard about the latest 12 step group for compulsive talkers? It's called ... On and On Anonymous.

Author: Anonymous

Quote: A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful; but when taken in excess it is nearly always bad for the health.

Author: Clarence Day

Quote: If an addict who has been completely cured starts smoking again he no longer experiences the discomfort of his first addiction. There exists, therefore, outside alkaloids and habit, a sense for opium, an intangible habit which lives on, despite the recasting of the organism. The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house.

Author: Jean Cocteau

Quote: Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music.

Author: Allan Bloom

Quote: I am not addicted to nicotine. Why must I participate in your drug addiction?

Author: Ken Faver

Quote: Saigon was an addicted city, and we were the drug: the corruption of children, the mutilation of young men, the prostitution of women, the humiliation of the old, the division of the family, the division of the country-it had all been done in our name... The French city... had represented the opium stage of the addiction. With the Americans had begun the heroin phase.

Author: James Fenton

Quote: [On his heroin addiction:] I did it to myself. It wasn't society...it wasn't a pusher, it wasn't being blind or being black or being poor. It was all my doing.

Author: Ray Charles

Quote: In the course of history many more people have died for their drink and their dope than have died for their religion or their country.

Author: Aldous Huxley


Author: Frank Zappa

Quote: 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.

Author: Franz Kafka

Quote: You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye.

Author: Hunter S. Thompson

Quote: There is nothing more helpless and irresponsible than a man in the depths of an ether binge.

Author: Hunter S. Thompson

Quote: I think psychedelics play a major part in what we do, but having said that, I feel that if somebody's going to experiment with those things they really need to educate themselves about them. People just taking the chemicals and diving in without having any kind of preparation about what they're about to experience tend to have no frame of reference, so they're missing everything flying by and all these new perspectives. It's just a waste. They reach a little bit of spiritual enlightenment, but they end up going, 'Well, now I need that drug to get back there again.' The trick is to use the drugs once to get there, and maybe spend the next ten years trying to get back there without the drug.

Author: Maynard James Keenan

Quote: I don't do drugs. I am drugs.

Author: Salvador Dali

Quote: Easy does it.

Author: Unknown

Quote: People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.

Author: Ramona L. Anderson

Quote: People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.

Author: Ann Landers

Quote: The weapons addiction of all our political leaders ... has the same characteristics as drug addiction. It is enormously costly, very dangerous, provokes ugly violence, and is self-perpetuating -- all on a scale far greater than drug addicton.

Author: Howard Zinn

Quote: If addiction is judged by how long a dumb animal will sit pressing a lever to get a 'fix' of something, to its own detriment, then I would conclude that netnews is far more addictive than cocaine.

Author: Rob Stampfli

Quote: All drugs of any interest to any moderately intelligent person in America are now illegal.

Author: Thomas Szasz

Quote: Don't do drugs because if you do drugs you'll go to prison, and drugs are really expensive in prison.

Author: John Hardwick

Quote: I've never had a problem with drugs. I've had problems with the police. Author: Keith Richards Quote: He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie.

Author: Anais Nin

Quote: Half of the modern [pharmaceutical] drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that the birds might eat them.

Author: Martin Henry Fischer

Quote: 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.

Author: P. J. O'Rourke

Quote: All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can't be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher

Quote: Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.

Author: Michel de Montaigne

Quote: Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.

Author: Abraham Joshua Heschel

Quote: Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.

Author: Lane Olinghouse

Quote: It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.

Author: Buddha

Quote: The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation.

Author: Oscar Wilde

Quote: It is with our passions as it is with fire and water; they are good servants, but bad masters. Author: Roger L'Estrange Quote: What makes resisting temptation difficult for many people is they don't want to discourage it completely.

Author: Franklin P. Jones

Quote: Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.

Author: Oscar Wilde

Quote: It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.

Author: Mick Jagger

Quote: If we resist our passions, it is more because of their weakness than because of our strength.

Author: Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld

Quote: Most people want to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.

Author: Robert Orben

Quote: Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values - and witnesses.

Author: Franklin P. Jones

Quote: About the only time losing is more fun than winning is when you're fighting temptation.

Author: Tom Wilson

Quote: There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.

Author: Mark Twain

Quote: A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is.... A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.

Author: C. S. Lewis

Quote: Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.

Author: Unknown

Quote: Abstainer, n. A weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Quote: The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

Author: Samuel Johnson

Quote: Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.

Author: Mark Twain

Quote: A habit is something you can do without thinking - which is why most of us have so many of them.

Author: Frank A. Clark

Quote: The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.

Author: Somerset Maugham

Quote: The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.

Author: Feodor Dostoevski

Quote: Enduring habits I hate.... Yes, at the very bottom of my soul I feel grateful to all my misery and bouts of sickness and everything about me that is imperfect, because this sort of thing leaves me with a hundred backdoors through which I can escape from enduring habits.

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche

Quote: The best way to break a bad habit is to drop it.

Author: Leo Aikman

Quote: He does not believe who does not live according to his belief.

Author: Thomas Fuller

Quote: Many of us believe that wrongs aren't wrong if it's done by nice people like ourselves.

Author: Unknown

Quote: Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.

Author: Jacob M. Braude

Quote: Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.

Author: Mark Twain

Quote: A man who is of sound mind is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.

Author: Paul Valéry

Quote: We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.

Author: Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Quote: Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.

Author: Harvey Fierstein

Quote: No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character.

Author: John Morley

Quote: There is just one life for each of us: our own.

Author: Euripides

Quote: Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.

Author: Shakti Gawain

Quote: We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves.

Author: Jean Guitton

Quote: Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do.

Author: Eric Hoffer

Quote: Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.

Author: Julius Charles Hare

Quote: You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.

Author: Irene C. Kassorla

Quote: A habit is a shirt made of iron.

Author: Czech proverb

Quote: Habit: The shackles of the free.

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Quote: Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.

Author: St. Augustine

Quote: Habits are first cobwebs, then cables.

Author: Spanish proverb

Quote: We cannot, in a moment, get rid of habits of a lifetime.

Author: M. K. Gandhi

Quote: Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Author: Frank Outlaw

Quote: Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.

Author: Tryon Edwards

Quote: Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.

Author: Mortimer Caplan

Quote: Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily, for the habit will encroach.

Author: Sydney Smith

Quote: We love our habits more than our income, often more than our life.

Author: Bertrand Russell

Quote: Powerful indeed is the empire of habit. Author: Publilius Syrus

Quote: The secret of the whole matter is that a habit is not the mere tendency to repeat a certain act, nor is it established by the mere repetition of the act. Habit is a fixed tendency to react or respond in a certain way to a given stimulus; and the formation of habit always involves the two elements, the stimulus and the response or reaction. The indolent lad goes to school not in response to any stimulus in the school itself, but to the pressure of his father's will; when that stimulus is absent, the reaction as a matter of course does not occur.

Author: Edward O. Sisson

Quote: In one sense the whole process of development consists of the formation of habits; for knowledge itself, and the powers of thought, as well as the higher elements in the will, all depend upon the establishment of fixed ways of reacting to given stimuli. Consequently, the general laws of habituation underlie the whole of education. But the term habit is more commonly restricted to those established reactions that act with little or no participation of consciousness, or, in other words, mechanically or automatically. Such habits as these begin to form very early, and constitute a kind of supporting framework for the higher elements of character.

Author: Edward O. Sisson

Quote: How use doth breed a habit in a man!

Author: William Shakespeare

Quote: Moral habits, induced by public practices, are far quicker in making their way into men’s private lives, than the failings and faults of individuals are in infecting the city at large.

Author: Plutarch

Quote: Habits change into character.

Author: Publius Ovidius Naso Ovid

Quote: Small habits well pursued betimes May reach the dignity of crimes.

Author: Hannah More

Quote: We're worn into grooves by Time—by our habits. In the end, these grooves are going to show whether we've been second rate or champions, each in his way in dispatching the affairs of every day. By choosing our habits, we determine the grooves into which Time will wear us; and these are grooves that enrich our lives and make for ease of mind, peace, happiness — achievement.

Author: Frank B. Gilberth

Quote: We are what we think; as we desire so do we become! By our thoughts, desires, and habits, we either ascend to the full divine dignity of our nature, or we descend to suffer and learn.

Author: J. Todd Ferrier

Quote: The long span of the bridge of your life is supported by countless cables called habits, attitudes, and desires. What you do in life depends upon what you are and what you want. What you get from life depends upon how much you want it—how much you are willing to work and plan and cooperate and use your resources. The long span of the bridge of your life is supported by countless cables that you are spinning now, and that is why today is such an important day. Make the cables strong!

Author: L. G. Elliott

Quote: Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; and habit allowed, steadily gains in strength. At first it may be but as the spider's web, easily broken through, but if not resisted it soon binds us with chains of steel.

Author: Tyron Edwards

Quote: Ill habits gather by unseen degrees,— As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.

Author: John Dryden

Quote: What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage.

Author: Bruce Barton

Quote: Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.

Author: Anonymous

Quote: Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.

Author: Anonymous

Quote: A man’s fortune has its form given to it by his habits.

Author: Anonymous

Quote: Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.

Author: Vince Lombardi

Quote: Habits… the only reason they persist is that they are offering some satisfaction… You allow them to persist by not seeking any other, better form of satisfying the same needs. Every habit, good or bad, is acquired and learned in the same way - by finding that it is a means of satisfaction.

Author: Juliene Berk

Quote: Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.

Author: Benjamin Franklin

Quote: Power is the faculty or capacity to act, the strength and potency to accomplish something. It is the vital energy to make choices and decisions. It also includes the capacity to overcome deeply embedded habits and to cultivate higher, more effective ones.

Author: Stephen R. Covey

Quote: First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.

Author: Rob Gilbert

Quote: A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.

Author: Desiderius Erasmus

Quote: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.

Author: Aristotle

Quote: You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, 'I release the need for this in my life'.

Author: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer


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