A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful; but when taken
in excess it is nearly always bad for the health.
All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological
personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to
the corruptible. Such people have a tendency to become drunk on
violence, a condition to which they are quickly addicted.
All sin tends to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is
what is called damnation.
Being inoffensive, and being offended, are now the twin addictions of
Clever gimmicks of mass distraction yield a cheap soulcraft of addicted
and self-medicated narcissists.
Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was killed by
a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep
a woman's name out of a satire, then wrote the piece so that she could
still be recognized anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused
of incest. Do you still want to be a writer? And if so, why?
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be
alcohol or morphine or idealism.
I'll tell you why I like the cigarette business. It costs a penny to
make. Sell it for a dollar. It's addictive. And there's fantastic brand
I'm addicted to placebos. I'd quit, but it wouldn't matter.
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.
If you say a modern celebrity is an adulterer, a pervert and a drug
addict, all it means is that you've read his autobiography.
In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the
prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.
It is no defense of superstition and pseudoscience to say that it brings
solace and comfort to people... If solace and comfort are how we judge
the worth of something, then consider that tobacco brings solace and
comfort to smokers; alcohol brings it to drinkers; drugs of all kinds
bring it to addicts; the fall of cards and the run of horses bring it to
gamblers; cruelty and violence bring it to sociopaths. Judge by solace
and comfort only and there is no behavior we ought to interfere with.
Like so many addicts, I'd thought that if I could only sort out my life,
I could then sort out my drinking. It was a revelation to see that it
would be simpler the other way around
Love and joy are incredibly habit-forming; often a single exposure is
enough to cause permanent addiction.
Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that
corporations and other large organizations habitually engage in only
because they cannot actually masturbate.
Money doesn't mind if we say it's evil, it goes from strength to
strength. It's a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy.
Of what use is the universe? What is the practical application of a
million galaxies? Yet just because it has no use, it has a use- which
may sound like a paradox, but is not. What, for instance, is the use of
playing music? If you play to make money, to outdo some other artist, to
be a person of culture, or to improve your mind, you are not really
playing- for your mind is not on the music. You don't swing. When you
come to think of it, playing or listening to music is a pure luxury, an
addiction, a waste of valuable time and money for nothing more than
making elaborate patterns of sound.
People get addicted to good e-mail like they get addicted to good
Since this is the age of science, not religion, psychiatrists are our
rabbis, heroin is our pork, and the addict is the unclean person.
So long as men denounce each other as mentally sick (homosexual,
addicted, insane, and so forth)- so that the madman can always be
considered the Other, never the Self- mental illness will remain an
easily exploitable concept, and Coercive Psychiatry a flourishing
The pleasures of love are for those who are hopelessly addicted to
another living creature.
The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
There is nothing an addict likes more, or that serves as better pretext
for continuing his present way of life, than to place the weight of
responsibility for his situation somewhere other than on his own
Too many young folk have addiction to superficial things and not enough
conviction for substantial things like justice, truth and love.
We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot
change our thinking.
We are all addicts in various stages of degradation where I live on the
Upper West Side, some to heroin, some to small dogs, and some to the New
York Times. The heroin is cut, the dogs are paranoid, and the Times
cheats by skimping on the West Coast ball scores. No matter, each of us
goes upon the street solely in pursuit of his own particular curse.
Whether you sniff it smoke it eat it or shove it up your ass the result
is the same: addiction.
William S. Burroughs
Why is it drug addicts and computer aficionados are both called users?
You know how I got addicted to cocaine? I tried it. The problem with
drugs is that they work- right up until the moment they decimate your
You know, I go to the theatre to be entertained... I don't want to see
plays about rape, sodomy and drug addiction... I can get all that at