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There seems to be a feeling that anything that is natural is good. Strychnine is natural.

Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) Russian-American author, polymath, biochemist
(Attributed)
Added on 30-Sep-21 | Last updated 30-Sep-21
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All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; but the dose makes it clear that a thing is not a poison.

[Alle Ding sind Gift und nichts ohn’ Gift; allein die Dosis macht, daß ein Ding kein Gift ist.]

Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus (1493-1541) German alchemist and physician [Bombast von Hohenheim]
“The Third Defense in Writing New Prescriptions [Die dritte Defension wegen des Schreibens der neuen Rezepte], Seven Defenses [Septem Defensiones] (1538)

As quoted in F. Geerk, Paracelsus: Arzt unserer Zeit [Paracelsus: Doctor of Our Time] (1992). Variants:

  • "All drugs are poisons; the benefit depends on the dosage."
  • "All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison and a remedy."
This is frequently (and misleadingly) paraphrased: "Everything is a drug; it depends on the dose."
Added on 9-Feb-21 | Last updated 9-Feb-21
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Anger repressed can poison a relationship as surely as the cruelest words.

Joyce Brothers (1927-2013) American psychologist, television personality, advice columnist
“When Your Husband’s Affection Cools,” Good Housekeeping (May 1972)
Added on 15-Oct-18 | Last updated 15-Oct-18
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Sister Mattie could be rather fatalistic at times; it was why she was such a good poisoning instructor. Death, felt Sister Mattie, must come to everyone in the end. Sometimes it simply required a little help.

Gail Carriger (b. 1976) American archaeologist, author [pen name of Tofa Borregaard]
Curtsies & Conspiracies (2013)
Added on 17-Nov-16 | Last updated 17-Nov-16
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When they see us coming, the birdies all try an’ hide,
But they still go for peanuts when coated with cyanide.

Tom Lehrer (b. 1928) American mathematician, satirist, songwriter
“Poisoning Pigeons in the Park,” An Evening (Wasted) with Tom Lehrer (1959)
Added on 28-Jan-16 | Last updated 28-Jan-16
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Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.

Carrie Fisher (1956-2016) American actress, writer
Wishful Drinking, stage show (2009)

Sometimes quoted/given: "... feeding yourself poison ..."
Added on 17-Feb-10 | Last updated 18-Feb-21
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