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Snuff Quotes 

Quotes can often give us insight into the heart of a subject that we might not have considered on our own.  They can pierce the vail of the mundane, and strike at a deeper poetic truth.  Sometimes they just make us laugh.  I've compiled here some quotes about nasal snuff tobacco and tobacco in general.  Enjoy!

"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."

-Edmund Burke


"There's nothing quite like tobacco: it's the passion of decent folk, and whoever lives without tobacco doesn't deserve to live."


"Tobacco is America's greatest gift to the world!"

-David Hockney

"One of history’s most esoteric methods of satisfying a tobacco jones is making a resurgence as a new generation of hipsters trade lungs full of smoke for a nose full of snuff."

-Michael Calore, Wired Magazine

"I thought I couldn't afford to take her out and smoke as well. So I gave up cigarettes. Then I took her out and one day I looked at her and thought: "Oh well," and I went back to smoking again, and that was better."

-Benny Hill

"For thousands of years, long before there was such a thing as a science of chemistry, people were fascinated by plants, because they knew that plants contained substances that could affect people. Coffee will keep you awake. Tobacco contains something that will calm your nerves. Foxglove contains an extract that'll affect your heart."

-Gregory Petsko

"Just where the breath of life his nostrils drew,
A charge of snuff the wily virgin threw;
The gnomes direct, to every atom just,
The pungent grains of titillating dust,
Sudden, with starting tears each eye o'erflows,
And the high dome re-echoes to his nose."

-Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock

"For thy sake, tobacco, I would do anything but die."

-Charles Lamb

"Tobacco is my favorite vegetable."

-Frank Zappa

"And 'twixt his finger and his thumb he held
A pouncet-box, which ever and anon
He gave his nose and took 't away again;
Who therefor angry, when it next came there,
Took it in snuff."

-William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I

"Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times."

-Mark Twain

"Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions. The surest poison is time."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The man who smokes, thinks like a sage and acts like a Samaritan!"

-Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Night and Morning

"As concerns tobacco, there are many superstitions. And the chiefest is this--that there is a STANDARD governing the matter, whereas there is nothing of the kind. Each man's own preference is the only standard for him, the only one which he can accept, the only one which can command him. A congress of all the tobacco-lovers in the world could not elect a standard which would be binding upon you or me, or would even much influence us."

-Mark Twain

"Tobacco is a dirty weed. I like it.
It satisfies no normal need. I like it.
It makes you thin, it makes you lean,
It takes the hair right off your bean
It's the worst darn stuff I've ever seen.
I like it."

-Graham Lee Hemminger, Tobacco

"There's a lot of people who, a cigarette is about the only vacation they have."

-Trey Parker, Co-Creator of South Park

"Tobacco and alcohol, delicious fathers of abiding friendships and fertile reveries."

-Luis Buñuel

"Tobacco, divine, rare superexcellent tobacco, which goes far beyond all panaceas, potable gold and philosopher's stones, a sovereign remedy to all diseases."

-Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy

"Coffee and tobacco are complete repose."

-Turkish Proverb

"There is a spot on the back of your hand called the anatomical snuff box which provides a natural place to dump out some dry-powdered tobacco, and easily and naturally raise it to your nostril for snorting. And, since God put it on your body, He intended it to be used!"

-Guy Named Dave on the Internet

"I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgement in all human affairs."

-Albert Einstein

"I hated tobacco. I could have almost lent my support to any institution that had for its object the putting of tobacco smokers to death...I now feel that smoking in moderation is a comfortable and laudable practice, and is productive of good. There is no more harm in a pipe than in a cup of tea. You may poison yourself by drinking too much green tea, and kill yourself by eating too many beefsteaks. For my part, I consider that tobacco, in moderation, is a sweetener and equalizer of the temper."

-Thomas Henry Huxley

"If you can't send money, send tobacco."

-George Washington to the Continental Congress, 1776

"Man, the creature who knows he must die, who has dreams larger than his destiny, who is forever working a confidence trick on himself, needs an ally. Mine has been tobacco."

-John Boynton Priestley

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