Poison quotes

  • Mithridates, he died old. Housman's passage is based on the belief of the ancients that Mithridates the Great [c. 135-63 B.C.] had so saturated his body with poisons that none could injure him. When captured by the Romans he tried in vain to poison himself, then ordered a Gallic mercenary to kill him.
    -- A. E. Housman

    #Poison #Body #Belief

  • I know too well the poison and the sting of things too sweet.
    -- Adelaide Anne Procter

    #Sweet #Poison #Wells

  • Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Poison #Nazism #Destruction

  • If poisons were ponies, I'd put my money on cyanide.
    -- Alan Bradley

    #Poison #Ponies #Cyanide

  • Everywhere the devil spits, poison ivy grows.
    -- Alan Chadwick

    #Ivy #Devil #Poison

  • A tyranny based on ... deception and maintained by terror must inevitably perish from the poison it generates within itself.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Deception #Liberty #Poison

  • If art is not a medicine for the society, it is a poison.
    -- Alejandro Jodorowsky

    #Art #Medicine #Poison

  • Power is a poison well known for thousands of years. If only no one were ever to acquire material power over others! But to the human being who has faith in some force that holds dominion over all of us, and who is therefore conscious of his own limitations, power is not necessarily fatal. For those, however, who are unaware of any higher sphere, it is a deadly poison. For them there is no antidote.
    -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    #Years #Poison #Have Faith

  • Anti-alcoholics are unfortunates in the grip of water, that terrible poison, so corrosive that out of all substances it has been chosen for washing and scouring, and a drop of water added to a clear liquid like Absinthe, muddles it.
    -- Alfred Jarry

    #Water #Liquid #Poison

  • Worry is the stomach's worst poison.
    -- Alfred Nobel

    #Worry #Poison #Stomach

  • Hanging on to a resentment, someone once said, is like drinking poison and hoping it will kill someone else.
    -- Alice May

    #Drinking #Poison #Hanging On

  • Poison and medicine are often the same thing, given in different proportions
    -- Alice Sebold

    #Medicine #Different #Poison

  • There are certain persons for whom pure Truth is a poison.
    -- Andre Maurois

    #Poison #Truth Is #Certain

  • My dad always told me that holding a grudge is like swallowing poison and expecting the other person to die.
    -- Anna Banks

    #Dad #Swallowing #Poison

  • Briarwood is the pretty poison. There is no cure for Briarwood.
    -- Anne Bishop

    #Poison #Cures

  • Think about it. He drinks poison. What kind of man drinks poison? She is the one who stabs herself with his dagger. The manly way.
    -- Anne Fortier

    #Thinking #Men #Poison

  • Sunshine can burn you, food can poison you, words can condemn you, pictures can insult you; music cannot punish - only bless.
    -- Artur Schnabel

    #Sunshine #Poison #Insult

  • There are poisons that blind you, and poisons that open your eyes.
    -- August Strindberg

    #Eye #Vision #Poison

  • All depressions are caused by government interference and the cure is always offered to take more of the poison that caused the disaster. Depressions are not the result of a free economy.
    -- Ayn Rand

    #Government #Liberty #Poison

  • A bitter thing cannot be made sweet. The taste of anything can be changed. But poison cannot be changed into nectar
    -- B. R. Ambedkar

    #Sweet #Poison #Taste

  • The social damage was not in the failure but in the undertaking, which was expensive. The cost of war was the poison running through the 14th century.
    -- Barbara Tuchman

    #Running #War #Poison

  • A little bit of suspicion is a dangerous thing; a drop from a pipette of poison into a bucket of otherwise clean water.
    -- Bella Pollen

    #Water #Buckets #Poison

  • To poison a nation, poison its stories. A demoralised nation tells demoralised stories to itself. Beware of the storytellers who are not fully conscious of the importance of their gifts, and who are irresponsible in the application of their art: they
    -- Ben Okri

    #Art #Poison #Stories

  • To be proud of virtue, is to poison yourself with the Antidote.
    -- Benjamin Franklin

    #Poison #Proud #Virtue

  • Slander is a poison which kills charity, both in the slanderer and the one who listens.
    -- Bernard of Clairvaux

    #Poison #Charity #Slander

  • There's a Bible on that shelf there. But I keep it next to Voltaire - poison and antidote.
    -- Bertrand Russell

    #Doubt #Atheism #Poison

  • I respect a system that says we're going to put every bit of pressure on anybody we have to put it on to get to the drug dealer who is bringing his poison into the country.
    -- Bill McCollum

    #Country #Drug #Poison

  • The American lawn uses more resources than any other agricultural industry in the world. It uses more phosphates than India and puts on more poisons than any other form of agriculture.
    -- Bill Mollison

    #Agriculture #India #Poison

  • Stop all this weeping, swallow your pride/ You will not die, its not poison -Tombstone Blues
    -- Bob Dylan

    #Tombstone #Pride #Poison

  • The truth was, Azoth hated Azoth. Azoth was a coward, passive, weak, afraid, disloyal. Azoth had hesitated. Master Blint didn’t know it, but the poisons on the needle had killed Azoth. He was Kylar now, and Kylar would be everything Azoth hadn’t dared to be.
    -- Brent Weeks

    #Coward #Would Be #Poison

  • There have always been mixed emotions about Howard Cosell: Some people hate him like poison, and other people just hate him regular.
    -- Buddy Hackett

    #Hate #People #Poison

  • The void created by the failure to communicate is soon filled with poison, drivel and misrepresentation.
    -- C. Northcote Parkinson

    #Communication #Void #Poison

  • A most mediocre person can be the object of a love which is wild, extravagant, and beautiful as the poison lillies of the swamp.
    -- Carson McCullers

    #Beautiful #Poison #Swamps

  • I'm a hacker!" Cadel protested. "I don't poison people! I don't blow them up!
    -- Catherine Jinks

    #Blow #People #Poison

  • Taste of metal on my tongue. Poison the color of envy- I'm delirious, you're delicious, I'm deluded and delusional. I'm lost without you. I need you.
    -- Cecily von Ziegesar

    #Color #Envy #Poison

  • Avoid him who talks sweetly before you but tries to ruin you behind your back, for he is like a pitcher of poison with milk on top.
    -- Chanakya

    #Trying #Poison #Ruins

  • A potent poison becomes the best drug on proper administration. On the contrary, even the best drug becomes a potent poison if used badly
    -- Charaka

    #Drug #Poison #Administration

  • If rape or arson, poison or the knife Has wove no pleasing patterns in the stuff Of this drab canvas we accept as life - It is because we are not bold enough!
    -- Charles Baudelaire

    #Knives #Poison #Arson

  • Bigotry has always been the poison of America, and we oughta do everything to eradicate it with no excuses or explanations.
    -- Charles Schumer

    #America #Poison #No Excuses

  • There are two sorts of pity: one is a balm and the other a poison; the first is realized by our friends, the last by our enemies.
    -- Charles Sumner

    #Two #Enemy #Poison

  • Remorse is the poison of life.
    -- Charlotte Bronte

    #Regret #Poison #Remorse

  • I know that there is not in the world a more subtle poison than that which is extracted from and administered by books.
    -- Charlotte Dacre

    #Book #Poison #World

  • Once upon a time there was a young lady who lived in a marsh, and her name was Poison.
    -- Chris Wooding

    #Names #Once Upon A Time #Poison

  • I just wanted them to die," said Poison. "They didn't have to make such a drama about it.
    -- Chris Wooding

    #Drama #Poison #Said

  • The poison dart hidden in the raisin tart. ...
    -- Christopher Paolini

    #Poison #Raisins

  • To while away the day contemplating evils that might have been is to poison the happiness we already have.
    -- Christopher Paolini

    #Evil #Poison #Might

  • Anger is poison. You must purge it from your mind or else it will corrupt your better nature.
    -- Christopher Paolini

    #Anger #Mind #Poison

  • Tout est poison, rien n'est poison, tout est une question de dose. Everything is poisonous, nothing is poisonous, it is all a matter of dose.
    -- Claude Bernard

    #Drug #Poison #Matter

  • Money poisons you when you've got it, and starves you when you haven't.
    -- D. H. Lawrence


  • Next time you wish to feed me poison, warn me first," Loor demanded. (The Merchant of Death)
    -- D. J. MacHale

    #Wish #Firsts #Poison

  • We've poured our poisons into the world as though it were a bottomless pit.. and we go on gobbling them up. It's hard to imagine how the world could survive another century of this abuse, but nobody's really doing anything about it. It's a problem our children will have to solve, or their children.
    -- Daniel Quinn

    #Children #Abuse #Poison

  • The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!
    -- Danny Kaye

    #Poison #Palaces #Chalice

  • TED-The Empowerment Dynamic-counteracts the poison of DDT, the Dreaded Dram Triangle. TED is the antidote for DDT.
    -- David Emerald Womeldorff

    #Ddt #Empowerment #Poison

  • The world's deadliest poison, can be your own thoughts.
    -- David L. Felten

    #Motivational #Poison #World

  • Fear is a poison produced by the mind, and courage is the antidote stored always ready in the soul
    -- Dean Koontz

    #Soul #Mind #Poison

  • Doubt is poison. It leads to a loss of faith in yourself, and in all that's good and true.
    -- Dean Koontz

    #Loss #Doubt #Poison

  • Unforgiveness is the poison you drink every day hoping that the other person will die.
    -- Debbie Ford

    #Forgiveness #Poison #Drink

  • We shouldn't fuel the future with the polluting methods of the past, ... We have the technology to power our future in ways that don't threaten our health or poison our planet. Let's choose to use it.
    -- Denis Hayes

    #Past #Technology #Poison

  • No matter what we call it, poison is still poison, death is still death, and industrial civilization is still causing the greatest mass extinction in the history of the planet.
    -- Derrick Jensen

    #Civilization #Poison #Extinction

  • Everybody's got their poison, and mine is sugar.
    -- Derrick Rose

    #Poison #Sugar

  • I don't think tablets are where we should be focused. But I do think they could end up being an efficient way of delivering textbooks. They're just not really that, yet. There's all sorts of poisons and mined minerals and carnage that goes on to make a tablet. Way more than to print a book. Or a bunch of books.
    -- Douglas Rushkoff

    #Book #Thinking #Poison

  • Scientific and technological "solutions" which poison the environment or degrade the social structure and man himself are of no benefit, no matter how brilliantly conceived or how great their superficial attraction.
    -- E. F. Schumacher

    #Men #Poison #Benefits

  • The tongue may be an unruly member-- But silence poisons the soul.
    -- Edgar Lee Masters

    #Silence #Soul #Poison

  • Our defeat was always implicit in the victory of others; our wealth has always generated our poverty by nourishing the prosperity of others - the empires and their native overseers. In the colonial and neocolonial alchemy, gold changes into scrap metal and food into poison.
    -- Eduardo Galeano

    #Victory #Gold #Poison

  • Memory. My poison, my food.
    -- Eduardo Galeano

    #Memories #Food #Poison

  • Weakness ever sympathizes with vice, because vice is a weakness which assumes the mask of strength. Madness holds reason in horror, and on all subjects it delights in the exaggerations of falsehood. The cause of all bewitchments, the poison of all philtres, the power of all sorcerers are there.
    -- Eliphas Levi

    #Weakness #Vices #Poison

  • What you have now is a Hollywood that is pure poison. Hollywood was a central place in the history of art in the 20th century: it was human idealism preserved. And then, like any great place, it collapsed, and it collapsed into the most awful machinery in the world.
    -- Emir Kusturica

    #Art #Hollywood #Poison

  • [To the heckler who said, 'If you were my wife I'd poison you':] No, you wouldn't. I'd do it myself.
    -- Emmeline Pankhurst

    #Speaking Up #Wife #Poison

  • The chemistry of dissatisfaction is as the chemistry of some marvelously potent tar. In it are the building stones of explosives, stimulants, poisons, opiates, perfumes and stenches.
    -- Eric Hoffer

    #Feelings #Opiates #Poison

  • You’re a peach full of poison, you know that?" Mosca snapped back, but could not quite keep a hint of admiration from her tone.
    -- Frances Hardinge

    #Poison #Hints #Peaches

  • Vices are ingredients of virtues just as poisons are ingredients of remedies. Prudence mixes and tempers them and uses them effectively against life's ills.
    -- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

    #Vices #Poison #Use

  • Christianity gave Eros poison to drink; he did not die of it, certainly, but degenerated to Vice.
    -- Friedrich Nietzsche

    #Vices #Poison #Christianity

  • If you are a pop band, don't say you're a metal band. Poison and Warrant were about as metal as the Backstreet Boys.
    -- Geezer Butler

    #Boys #Poison #Band

  • Everything I eat has been proved by some doctor or other to be a deadly poison, and everything I don't eat has been proved to be indispensable for life. But I go marching on.
    -- George Bernard Shaw

    #Doctors #Poison #Indispensable

  • Advertising is poison gas. It should bring tears to your eyes, unhinge your nervous system and knock you out.
    -- George Lois

    #Eye #Tears #Poison

  • Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same.
    -- George R. R. Martin

    #Sweet #Love Is #Poison

  • Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit; to become delightful, happiness must be tainted with poison.
    -- Georges Bataille

    #Happiness #Poison #Fruit

  • I think that testosterone is a rare poison.
    -- Germaine Greer

    #Thinking #Poison #Testosterone

  • A child weaned on poison considers harm a comfort.
    -- Gillian Flynn

    #Children #Comfort #Poison

  • I cannot put this poison on my skin. I do not use anything synthetic.
    -- Gisele Bundchen

    #Skins #Poison #Use

  • Ah, no, far be from me a thought which I loathe like poison.
    -- Giuseppe Garibaldi


  • What did Romeo and Juliet do?” They died,” I remind her gently. “Some mix-up with the poison-
    -- Gordon Korman

    #Poison #Juliet

  • We also have to stop the flow of precursor chemicals that meth cooks use to boil up this poison.
    -- Greg Walden

    #Poison #Use #Flow

  • The world could bring you poison in a jewelled cup, or surprising gifts. Sometimes you didn't know which of them it was.
    -- Guy Gavriel Kay

    #Poison #World #Cups

  • They abandon the Ambrosial Nectar and turn to poison, they earn poison, and poison is their only wealth.
    -- Harmeet Singh

    #Poison #Wealth #Nectar

  • When a writer develops a story, he is confronted with a poison that is inside him. If you don't have that poison, your story will be boring and uninspired. It's like fugu: The flesh of the pufferfish is extremely tasty, but the roe, the liver, the heart can be lethally toxic.
    -- Haruki Murakami

    #Heart #Toxic #Poison

  • There is held to be no surer test of civilization than the increase per head of the consumption of alcohol and tobacco. Yet alcohol and tobacco are recognizable poisons, so that their consumption has only to be carried far enough to destroy civilization altogether.
    -- Havelock Ellis

    #Civilization #Alcohol #Poison

  • Bullying is a horrible thing. It sticks with you forever. It poisons you. But only if you let it.
    -- Heather Brewer

    #Bullying #Forever #Poison

  • It was suicide. Others killed themselves with poison or with a revolver. I killed myself with minutes and hours.
    -- Henri Barbusse

    #Suicide #Poison #Hours

  • The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information.
    -- Henry A. Wallace

    #Poison #Use #Information

  • Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents has been always tragic, chiefly as an almost indecent excitement at first, and a worse reaction afterwards; but also because no mind is so well balanced as to bear the strain of seizing unlimited force without habit or knowledge of it; and finding it disputed with him by hungry packs of wolves and hounds whose lives depend on snatching the carion.
    -- Henry Adams

    #Mind #President #Poison

  • I'm not excusing crime or those who bring poison into the community, but I do want brothers and sisters in prison to know someone cares.
    -- Hill Harper

    #Brother #Community #Poison

  • Glory is a poison, good to be taken in small doses.
    -- Honore de Balzac

    #Taken #Poison #Glory

  • A seed of hope caught a taste of moisture. Some wishful kernel buried deep, where he was loathe to acknowledge it lest it poison or choke him, began to sprout.
    -- Hugh Howey

    #Poison #Moisture #Taste

  • There are times, however, and this is one of them, when even being right feels wrong. What do you say, for instance, about a generation that has been taught that rain is poison and sex is death?
    -- Hunter S. Thompson

    #Sex #Rain #Poison

  • Let me look at the foulness and ugliness of my body. Let me see myself as an ulcerous sore running with every horrible and disgusting poison.
    -- Ignatius Loyola

    #Running #Poison #Looks

  • Life's not so bad after all. There are not only poison but also antidotes.
    -- Irving Stone

    #Poison #Antidote

  • There have been meetings of only a moment which have left impressions for life ...for eternity. No one can understand that mysterious thing we call 'influence' ...yet everyone of us continually exerts influence, either to heal, to bless, to leave marks of beauty; or to wound, to hurt, to poison, to stain other lives.
    -- J.B. Miller

    #Leadership #Hurt #Poison

  • Multiculturalism is social poison. Toleration of intolerance isn't sophistication. It's suicide.
    -- Jack Kelly

    #Suicide #Poison #Intolerance

  • A sneer is the weapon of the weak. Like other devil's weapons, it is always cunningly ready to our hand, and there is more poison in the handle than in the point.
    -- James Russell Lowell

    #Hands #Devil #Poison