It is difficult to live without opium

It is difficult to live without opium after having known it because it is difficult, after knowing opium, to take earth seriously.  And unless one is a saint, it is difficult to live without taking earth seriously.  ~Jean Cocteau, Opium: The Diary of a Cure, 1930, translated by Margaret Crosland and Sinclair Road, 1958; CTO

Thou hast the keys of paradise oh

Thou hast the keys of Paradise, oh, just, subtle, and mighty opium!  ~Thomas De Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Part II

In the 1960s people took acid to

In the 1960s, people took acid to make the world weird.  Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.  ~Author Unknown

I will lift mine eyes unto the

I will lift mine eyes unto the pills.  Almost everyone takes them, from the humble aspirin to the multi-coloured, king-sized three deckers, which put you to sleep, wake you up, stimulate and soothe you all in one.  It is an age of pills.  ~Malcolm Muggeridge, 1962DCMOO, The New Statesman, 3 Aug 1962

I dont know never smoked astroturf tug

I don’t know.  I never smoked AstroTurf.  ~Tug McGraw, when asked if he preferred grass or AstroTurf, April 1974BQ,quoteinvestigator.com/2011/02/14/smoke-astroturf