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.
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.
Many Chinese saw opium as a poison introduced by foreign enemies.
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.
The East India Company established a monopoly over the production of opium, shortly after taking over Bengal.
Marxism is the opium of the intellectuals.
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.
Weaning people off the opium here was not that difficult, because it only yields about 8 kg (18 lb) per hectare.
Opium, yes. You can smell it in the evening.
We are identifying, targeting, disrupting and dismantling some of the world's leading opium and heroin trafficking organizations.
Mexico has done some record-setting ... opium and marijuana production eradication.
Whereas wine disorders the mental faculties, opium introduces amongst them the most exquisite order, legislation and harmony. Wine robs a man of self-possession; opium greatly invigorates it.
Thou hast the keys of Paradise, oh just, subtle, and mighty opium!
Thou hast the keys of Paradise, O just, subtle, and mighty opium!
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.
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.
It appears that the English think the Japanese... are fond of opium, and they want to bring it here also.
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.
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.
Optimism is the opium of the people.
Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it's the cyanide.
Although the Chinese had used opium as a medicine, there was no widespread addiction before the British arrived.
Confucianism strongly condemned the use of drugs like opium.