Tobacco, some say, is a a potent narcotic,
That rules half the world in a way quite despotic;
So to punish him well for his wicked and merry tricks,
We’ll burn him forthwith, as they used to do heretics.
-from Tobacco in Song and Story, by John Bain
He who delivers another from danger, and he who removes terror from the mind, are the greatest of friends.
E. W. Howe
If a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking him if there’s anything you can do. Think of something appropriate and do it.
A child lacks wisdom, and some say that what is important is that the child does not die; what kills more surely than lack of wisdom?
Don’t blame the one who committed a minor mistake and leave the one who does big harm.
Unamlaumu mwewe, kipanga yuwesha kuku.
If you need an excuse for why you don’t drink alcohol, you could say that addiction runs in your family and you don’t want to try it even once because you may not stop until you are dead in a puddle of your own vomit or smashed into the side of a mini-van with children’s body parts scattered around your corpse.
Duane Alan Hahn
When porpoises and whales spout about ships at sea, storm may be expected.
“My father warned me about men and booze… but he never said anything about women and cocaine.”
— Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968).