Quotes and Sayings about Poison



"One man's poison Ivy is another man's spinach."
- George Ade
(Related: Ivy, Man, Poison)

"For the poison of hatred seated near the heart doubles the burden for the one who suffers the disease; he is burdened with his own sorrow, and groans on seeing another's happiness."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Happiness, Heart, Burden, Disease, Hatred, Poison, Sorrow)

"In every tyrant's heart there springs in the end this poison, that he cannot trust a friend."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Trust, Heart, Friend, Poison)

"We made them drink poison last night and Saddam Hussein's soldiers and his great forces gave the Americans a lesson which will not be forgotten by history. Truly."
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf
(Related: History, Americans, Night, Poison, Soldiers, Will)

"You can be a famous poisoner or a successful poisoner, but not both, and the same seems to apply to Great Train Robbers."
- Clive Anderson
(Related: Successful, Famous)

"We poison our lives with fear of burglary and shipwreck, and, ask anyone, the house is never burgled, and the ship never goes down."
- Jean Anouilh
(Related: Fear, Poison, Shipwreck)

"Music exalts each joy, allays each grief, expels diseases, softens every pain, subdues the rage of poison, and the plague."
- John Armstrong
(Related: Music, Grief, Joy, Pain, Poison)

"Whatever man uses without the fear of God, whatever he applies to the mere gratifying of his flesh, cannot fail to operate as a poison to the soul, however pleasant and salutary it may appear to be to the body."
- Johann Arndt
(Related: God, Soul, Fear, Body, Man, May, Poison)

"That was after Napoleon died because there is still a controversy as to whether Napoleon was poisoned with arsenic. And the French say the British did it and the British say the French did it, but he died before the test for arsenic was available."
- Michael Baden
(Related: Controversy)

"Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison."
- Walter Bagehot
(Related: Food, Progress, Poison)

"Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible. If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned."
- George Balanchine
(Related: Ballet, Medicine, states, Teachers, United)

"People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned."
- James A. Baldwin
(Related: People)

"Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit, to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison."
- Georges Bataille
(Related: Happiness, Pleasure, Poison)

"Besides alligators, the only animals to be feared are the poisonous serpents. These are certainly common enough in the forest, but no fatal accident happened during the whole time of my residence."
- Henry Walter Bates
(Related: Time, Accident, Animals)

"The moment an ill can be patiently handled, it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Pain, Poison)

"Who writes poetry imbibes honey from the poisoned lips of life."
- William R. Benet
(Related: Life, Poetry)

"Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: English, Example, Lady, Identity, Poison)

"This Christian poison hasn't stopped yet."
- Lionel Blue
(Related: Christian, Poison)

"The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion."
- Bodhidharma
(Related: Anger, Delusion, Greed, Infinite, Mind)

"Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion, jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those who refuse to do likewise, and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them."
- Johannes Brahms
(Related: Health, Hatred, Jealousy, Rank, Suspicion, Trying)

"There are millions of ways for people to die, if you number each vital organ, each ways it can fail, all the poisons from the earth and the sea which can cause these failures."
- Steven Brust
(Related: People, Cause, Earth, Sea)

"There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills."
- Buddha
(Related: People, Habit, Doubt, Nothing, Poison)

"I cannot put this poison on my skin. I do not use anything synthetic."
- Gisele Bundchen
(Related: Poison, Skin)

"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
(Related: Boys, Poison)

"It's actually pretty complex, because there's two levels of reality in the narrative. One is what really took place, and the other is Spider's poisoned version of what took place."
- Gabriel Byrne
(Related: Pretty, Reality)

"I am especially grateful, however, to have known the fifties, before we began to poison our own civilization - or at least before the effects of the poison began to be felt."
- Orson Scott Card
(Related: Civilization, Poison)

"By adopting the 'free trade,' or British, system, we place ourselves side by side with the men who have ruined Ireland and India, and are now poisoning and enslaving the Chinese people."
- Henry Charles Carey
(Related: Men, People, Ireland, Now, Trade)

"There is poison in the fang of the serpent, in the mouth of the fly and in the sting of a scorpion; but the wicked man is saturated with it."
- Chanakya
(Related: Man, Poison)

"Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous."
- Chanakya
"We didn't gel with Poison and the Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi was the best of the pop metal bands, but we never fit in with the hair metal stuff. We were never as hip as the Chili Peppers. We were in the middle."
- Gary Cherone
(Related: Hair, Poison)

"Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Health, Humor, Soul, Poison, Sadness)

"Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison gas at times."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Politics, War, May, Poison)

"Woes and wonders of Power, that tonic hell, synthesis of poison and panacea."
- Emile M. Cioran
(Related: Power, Hell, Poison, Wonders)

"Fool! Don't you see now that I could have poisoned you a hundred times had I been able to live without you."
- Cleopatra
(Related: Now)

"The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, the finish by loading honors on your head."
- Jean Cocteau
(Related: Society, First, Instinct, Poison, Trying)

"Alas! they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth."
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Related: Truth, Friends, Poison, Youth)

"There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall."
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
(Related: Freedom, Poison, Solitude, Wine)

"Those of us who were brought up as Christians and have lost our faith have retained the sense of sin without the saving belief in redemption. This poisons our thought and so paralyses us in action."
- Cyril Connolly
(Related: Faith, Thought, Action, Belief, Sense, Sin)

"It started when I woke up, all I wanted to do is jump out of the window. I didn't want to eat anymore, because I was afraid that I might poison myself somehow."
- Jonathan Davis
(Related: Poison, Want)

"I've banged my head quite a bit. I liked Iron Maiden, Ozzy, AC/DC. And of course, Ratt and Poison."
- Cameron Diaz
(Related: Poison)

"Sinful and forbidden pleasures are like poisoned bread; they may satisfy appetite for the moment, but there is death in them at the end."
- Tryon Edwards
(Related: Death, Appetite, End, Forbidden, May)

"Education, whatever else it should or should not be, must be an inoculation against the poisons of life and an adequate equipment in knowledge and skill for meeting the chances of life."
- Havelock Ellis
(Related: Life, Education, Knowledge, Meeting, Skill)

"My heart pumps yet the poison draught of you."
- William Empson
(Related: Heart, Poison)

"Slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills. It is not the effort nor the failure tires. The waste remains, the waste remains and kills."
- William Empson
(Related: Failure, Blood, Effort, Poison, Waste)

"I became almost immediately fascinated by the possibilities of trying out all conceivable reactions with them, some leading to explosions, others to unbearable poisoning of the air in our house, frightening my parents."
- Richard Ernst
(Related: Leading, Parents, Possibilities, Trying)

"Glory is a heavy burden, a murdering poison, and to bear it is an art. And to have that art is rare."
- Oriana Fallaci
(Related: Art, Burden, Glory, Poison)

"Never cry over spilt milk, because it may have been poisoned."
- W. C. Fields
(Related: May)

"Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die."
- Carrie Fisher
(Related: Drinking, Poison, Resentment, Waiting)

"The coward's weapon, poison."
- John Fletcher
(Related: Poison)

"Moreover, the accomplishment of Russia's aims has been greatly simplified by the fact that we have heretofore offered the world no practical antidote for the Russian poison."
- James Forrestal
(Related: Accomplishment, Fact, Poison, Russia, World)

"A bad book is the worse that it cannot repent. It has not been the devil's policy to keep the masses of mankind in ignorance; but finding that they will read, he is doing all in his power to poison their books."
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Related: Power, Policy, Books, Devil, Ignorance, Mankind, Poison, Will)

"I began to ration my writing, for fear I would dream through life as my father had done. I was afraid I had inherited a poisoned gene from him, a vocation without a gift."
- Mavis Gallant
(Related: Life, Father, Dream, Fear, Vocation, Writing)

"Ah, no, far be from me a thought which I loathe like poison."
- Giuseppe Garibaldi
(Related: Thought, Poison)

"Puritanism, in whatever expression, is a poisonous germ. On the surface everything may look strong and vigorous; yet the poison works its way persistently, until the entire fabric is doomed."
- Emma Goldman
(Related: Expression, May, Poison)

"There is such a thing as food and such a thing as poison. But the damage done by those who pass off poison as food is far less than that done by those who generation after generation convince people that food is poison."
- Paul Goodman
(Related: Food, People, Poison)

"I think that testosterone is a rare poison."
- Germaine Greer
(Related: Poison)

"Oh, yes, we were on location with Another Man's Poison, which I wrote for Bette Davis."
- Val Guest
(Related: Man, Poison)

"Laughter relieves us of superfluous energy, which, if it remained unused, might become negative, that is, poison. Laughter is the antidote."
- George Gurdjieff
(Related: Negative, Energy, Laughter, Poison)

"I knew that the Hague Convention prohibited the use of poison in war. I didn't know the details of the terms of the Convention, but I did know of that prohibition."
- Otto Hahn
(Related: War, Poison, Prohibition)

"At first the English were very surprised by our disregarding the Hague Convention. But from 1916 onward they used at least as much poison as we did."
- Otto Hahn
(Related: English, First, Poison)

"From the first I became convinced that what I must look for was lead dust and lead fumes, that men were poisoned by breathing poisoned air, not by handling their food with unwashed hands."
- Alice Hamilton
(Related: Food, Men, First)

"Every article I wrote in those days, every speech I made, is full of pleading for the recognition of lead poisoning as a real and serious medical problem."
- Alice Hamilton
(Related: Medical, Speech)

"It is with flowers as with moral qualities; the bright are sometimes poisonous; but, I believe, never the sweet."
- Augustus Hare
(Related: Flowers)

"Marriage is a custom brought about by women who then proceed to live off men and destroy them, completely enveloping the man in a destructive cocoon or eating him away like a poisonous fungus on a tree."
- Richard Harris
(Related: Marriage, Men, Women, Custom, Eating, Man)

"Books on horse racing subjects have never done well, and I am told that publishers had come to think of them as the literary version of box office poison."
- Laura Hillenbrand
(Related: Books, Literary, Office, Poison, Racing)

"Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction."
- Adolf Hitler
(Related: Education, Destruction, Liberalism, Poison)

"Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Compassion, Impulses)

"When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned."
- Herbert Hoover
(Related: Government, People, Honor, Morals)

"Men become accustomed to poison by degrees."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Men, Poison)

"No faction is better or worse than any other. All come from the same mould; they are all products of capitalist influence in the working class movement. And they are a poison that destroys our Party and the working class movement in Korea."
- Kim Jong Il
(Related: Class, Influence, Party, 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
(Related: Death, History, Civilization, Poison)

"However, the thought hit me that this was a pretty pathetic way to kick the bucket - being accidentally poisoned during a photo shoot, of all things - and I started weeping at the idiocy of it all."
- Lara St. John
(Related: Thought, Being, Pretty, Weeping)

"Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins."
- Edward Kennedy
(Related: Deceit, Democracy, Integrity, Poison)

"You can't talk of the dangers of snake poisoning and not mention snakes."
- C. Everett Koop
(Related: Talk)

"Politeness is the poison of collaboration."
- Edwin Land
(Related: Collaboration, Poison, Politeness)

"Poisons and medicine are oftentimes the same substance given with different intents."
- Peter Latham
(Related: Medicine)

"Superstition is the poison of the mind."
- Joseph Lewis
(Related: Mind, Poison, Superstition)

"Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain."
- John Locke
(Related: Parents, Wonder)

"What is food to one man is bitter poison to others."
- Lucretius
(Related: Food, Man, Poison)

"The internal effects of a mutable policy poisons the blessings of liberty itself."
- James Madison
(Related: Policy, Blessings, Liberty)

"What we call National-Socialism is the poisonous perversion of ideas which have a long history in German intellectual life."
- Thomas Mann
(Related: History, Life, Ideas)

"There are certain persons for whom pure Truth is a poison."
- Andre Maurois
(Related: Truth, 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
(Related: Country, Poison, Pressure, Respect)

"Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die."
- Malachy McCourt
(Related: Poison, Resentment, Waiting)

"Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself."
- Golda Meir
(Related: Authority)

"I see America spreading disaster. I see America as a black curse upon the world. I see a long night settling in and that mushroom which has poisoned the world withering at the roots."
- Henry Miller
(Related: America, Disaster, Night, World)

"We establish no religion in this country, nor will we ever. But we poison our society when we remove its theological underpinnings. We court corruption when we leave society devoid of belief."
- Jeff Miller
(Related: Religion, Society, Belief, Corruption, Country, Court, Poison, Will)

"You could do a scene that takes 15 hours, but in the movie, it's only 10 minutes. The scene where they put the sauce poisoning in; it took eight hours."
- Kel Mitchell
"Every time you get angry, you poison your own system."
- Alfred A. Montapert
(Related: Time, Poison)

"The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source."
- Lucretia Mott
(Related: Life, Nation, Woman, World)

"Simply because my people are hungry, that is no justification to give them poison, to give them genetically modified food that is intrinsically dangerous to their health."
- Levy Mwanawsa
(Related: Food, Health, People, Justification, Poison)

"I look at ANWR (Artic National Wildlife Refuge) as a poison pill in the energy bill."
- Ben Nelson
(Related: Energy, Poison, Wildlife)

"Temptation is like a knife, that may either cut the meat or the throat of a man; it may be his food or his poison, his exercise or his destruction."
- John Owen
(Related: Food, Destruction, Exercise, Man, May, Poison, Temptation)

"It may be doubtful, at first, whether a person is an enemy or friend. Meat, if not properly digested, becomes poison; But poison, if used rightly, may turn medicinal."
- Saskya Pandita
(Related: Friend, Enemy, First, May, Poison)

"The dose makes the poison."
- Paracelsus
(Related: Poison)

"Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy."
- Paracelsus
(Related: Poison)

"Publicity is like poison; it doesn't hurt unless you swallow it."
- Joe Paterno
(Related: Hurt, Poison, Publicity)

"In addition to contributing to erosion, pollution, food poisoning, and the dead zone, corn requires huge amounts of fossil fuel - it takes a half gallon of fossil fuel to produce a bushel of corn."
- Michael Pollan
(Related: Food, Fossil fuel, Pollution, Zone)

"We are able to find everything in our memory, which is like a dispensary or chemical laboratory in which chance steers our hand sometimes to a soothing drug and sometimes to a dangerous poison."
- Marcel Proust
(Related: Chance, Memory, Poison)

"Dependency is death to initiative, to risk-taking and opportunity. It's time to stop the spread of government dependency and fight it like the poison it is."
- Mitt Romney
(Related: Death, Government, Time, Opportunity, Fight, Poison, Risk, Risk-taking)

"If you allow one single germ, one single seed of slavery to remain in the soil of America... that germ will spring up, that noxious weed will thrive, and again stifle the growth, wither the leaves, blast the flowers and poison the fair fruits of freedom."
- Ernestine L. Rose
(Related: Growth, America, Flowers, Freedom, Poison, Slavery, Spring, Will)

"I believe that pluralistic secularism, in the long run, is a more deadly poison than straightforward persecution."
- Francis Schaeffer
(Related: Persecution, Poison)

"There were schools and hospitals who were ready to take people with undescribed injuries, but not necessarily ready to take people with severe radiation poisoning."
- William Scranton
(Related: People, Hospitals, Schools)

"Live or die, but don't poison everything."
- Anne Sexton
(Related: Poison)

"If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?"
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Poison, Revenge, Wrong)

"Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition."
- Adam Smith
(Related: Science, Enthusiasm, Poison, Superstition)

"I have owed you this letter for a very long time-but my fingers have avoided the pencil as though it were an old and poisoned tool."
- John Steinbeck
(Related: Time, Old)

"Back in the 1960s, the number of deaths each year from unintentional poisoning was 15 times greater than it is today."
- Hal Stratton
(Related: Today)

"It was but then, when you're, one of the great poisonous events that have infected us all who were in South Africa is that the idea of difference is drip fed into your veins. It's that that you fight."
- Janet Suzman
(Related: Idea, Difference, Events, Fight)

"Human brutes, like other beasts, find snares and poison in the provision of life, and are allured by their appetites to their destruction."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Life, Destruction, Poison)

"Many Chinese saw opium as a poison introduced by foreign enemies."
- Robert Trout
(Related: Enemies, Opium, Poison)

"There is no poison on earth more potent, nor half so deadly, as a partial truth mixed with passion."
- Michael J. Tucker
(Related: Truth, Earth, Passion, Poison)

"We also have to stop the flow of precursor chemicals that meth cooks use to boil up this poison."
- Greg Walden
(Related: Poison)

"The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information."
- Henry A. Wallace
(Related: American, Information, Poison, Public, Violence)

"Nothing can have as its destination anything other than its origin. The contrary idea, the idea of progress, is poison."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Idea, Progress, Nothing, Poison)

"The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism, tuberculosis, and some other diseases, much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Poison, Skepticism)

"I'm not financially insecure anymore either so I don't have to sit there and get on the latest Poison tour just to make money, which is what a lot of them are doing."
- Kip Winger
(Related: Money, Poison)

"For an event that was wholly created in the poisonous psychological warfare kitchens of the Second World War, run by the ministries of propaganda in many countries, not just by the British or the Americans, but also the Russians and undoubtedly the world Jewish organizations."
- Ernst Zundel
(Related: War, Americans, Countries, Propaganda, World, World war)