Psychedelic Quotes and Trippy Anecdotes


Here are my favorite best psychedelic quotes and trippy anecdotes from comedians, actors, artists, writers and more. From funny, trippy, hippie quotes to psychedelic quotes about life, love, music and drugs - there are some real catchy sayings here that are well worth remembering. I've been collecting these for some time now and it's always such a pleasure to run across a new one so if you have any you would like to share feel free to add a comment below. 

The original recordings of a number of these sayings have been used by some of the artists that feature in my mixes. I've personally used a number of them over the years to mix between tracks too. 

I'd especially like to hear from anyone who has any psychedelic related quotes from comedians as I get a kick out of cool one liners with a trippy vibe.


Quotes from Movies and Television

picture of scene from easy rider
Easy Rider - Sampling goldmine

Seems like everyone's sleep-walking through their waking state, or wake walking through their dreams. 
- From the movie Waking Life

One of the things you learn after years of dealing with drug people, is that you can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug. 
- From the movie Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas

Two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine and a whole galaxy
of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers.
- From the movie Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas

First you will see a spot. The spot will become a crack. This is the crack between the nothing, and out of this nothing will come your unborn soul.
- From the movie Altered States

I wish there was some hip way of telling you this, baby, but, ah... you're one with and part of an ever-expanding, loving, joyful, glorious, and harmonious universe.
- From the movie The Trip


Billy: [nervous] No, man, like hey, man. Wow. I was watching this object man, li-like the satellite that we saw the other night, right? And, like, it was going right across the sky, man, and then... I mean it just suddenly, uh, it just changed direction and went whizzin right off, man.
Captain America: [interrupting him] You're stoned out of your mind, man.
- From the movie Easy Rider

I am on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen. It's not available. If you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.
- Charlie Sheen


Quotes from Musicians


The endlessly quotable Bob Marley

Don't bogart that joint, my friend.
- Fraternity Of Man ( Don't Bogart Me )

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; None but ourselves can free our minds. 
- Bob Marley ( Redemption Song )

Nobody stopped thinking about those psychedelic experiences. Once you’ve been to some of those places, you think, ‘How can I get back there again but make it a little easier on myself?’ 
- Jerry Garcia

To get really high is to forget yourself. And to forget yourself is to see everything else. And to see everything else is to become an understanding molecule in evolution, a conscious tool of the universe.
- Jerry Garcia

I used to have a drug problem, now I make enough money.
- David Lee Roth

I've never had a problem with drugs. I've had problems with the police.
- Keith Richards

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
- Hendrix

I was on acid and I looked at the trees and I realized that they all came to points, and the little branches came to points, and the houses came to point. I thought, 'Oh! Everything has a point, and if it doesn't, then there's a point to it'.
- Harry Nilsson

Through all of history mankind has ingested psychedelic substances. Those substances exist to put you in touch with spirits beyond yourself, with the creator, with the creative impulse of the planet.
- Ray Manzarek ( The Doors )

When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.
- Bob Marley

To get really high is to forget yourself. And to forget yourself is to see everything else. And to see everything else is to become an understanding  molecule in evolution, a conscious tool of the universe.
- Jerry Garcia


Quotes from Thinkers, Writers and Researchers


Wordsmith and Psychonaut Terence McKenna

There is a wealth of information built into us ... tucked away in the genetic material in every one of our cells ... without some means of access, there is no way even to begin to guess at the extent and quality of what is there. The psychedelic drugs allow exploration of this interior world, and insights into its nature.
-Alexander Shulgin

Reality is an illusion albeit a persistent one 
- Einstein

I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me.
- Hunter S Thompson

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
- Alan Watts

With psychedelics, if you're fortunate and break through, you understand what is truly of value in life. Material, power, dominance, and territory have no value. People wouldn't fight wars, and the whole system we have currently would fall apart. People would become peaceful, loving citizens, not robots marching around in the dark with all their lights off. 
- Gary Fisher

I suddenly became strangely inebriated. The external world became changed as in a dream. Objects appeared to gain in relief; they assumed unusual dimensions; and colors became more glowing. Even self-perception and the sense of time were changed. When the eyes were closed, colored pictures flashed past in a quickly changing kaleidoscope. After a few hours, the not unpleasant inebriation, which had been experienced whilst I was fully conscious, disappeared. What had caused this condition?
- Dr. Albert Hofmann - Laboratory Notes (1943)

It seems that I know that I know. What I would like to see is the 'I' that knows me when I know that I know that I know.
- Alan Watts

I believe that with the advent of acid, we discovered a new way to think, and it has to do with piecing together new thoughts in your mind. Why is it that people think it's so evil ? What is it about it that scares people so deeply, even the guy that invented it, what is it ? Because they're afraid that there's more to reality than they have confronted. That there are doors that they're afraid to go in, and they don't want us to go in there either, because if we go in we might learn something that they don't know. And that makes us a little out of their control.
- "The Beyond Within: The Rise and Fall of LSD," 1987 Ken Kesey

That was the fatal flaw in Tim Leary’s trip. He crashed around America selling ‘consciousness expansion’ without ever giving a thought to the grim meat-hook realities that were lying in wait for all the people who took him too seriously . . . All those pathetically eager acid freaks who thought they  could buy Peace and Understanding for three bucks a hit. But their loss and failure is ours, too. What Leary took down with him was the central illusion of a whole life-style that he helped to create . . . a generation of permanent cripples, failed seekers, who never understood the essential old mystic fallacy of the Acid Culture: the desperate assumption that somebody or at least some force is tending the Light at the end of the tunnel.
- Hunter S Thompson

The man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out. He will be wiser but less sure, happier but less self-satisfied, humbler in acknowledging his ignorance yet better equipped to understand the relationship of words to things, of systematic reasoning to the unfathomable mystery which he tries, forever vainly, to comprehend.
-Aldous Huxley

There is an area of the mind that could be called unsane, beyond sanity, and yet not insane. Think of a circle with a fine split in it. At one end there's insanity. You go around the circle to sanity, and on the other end of the circle, close to insanity, but not insanity, is unsanity.
- Terrance McKenna

The potential of the psychedelic drugs to provide access to the interior universe, is, I believe, their most valuable property.
- Alexander Shulgin

Perhaps to some extent we have lost sight of the fact that LSD can be  very, very helpful in our society if used properly.
- Senator Robert Kennedy, 1966

If the door of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to a man as it is, infinite.
- William Blake

We're not dropping out here, we're infiltrating and taking over.
- Terence McKenna

I stumbled upon the philosopher's stone, I had the veil of illusion pulled back, and was confronted by the many levels of energy and many realms of consciousness which were available to man. I opened the pandora's box of multiple realities.
- Tim Leary

There's a whole bunch of entities waiting on the other side, saying "How wonderful that you're here! You come so rarely! We're so delighted to see you! They're like jewelled self-dribbling basketballs and there are many of them and they come pounding toward you and they will stop in front of you and vibrate, but then they do a very disconcerting thing, which is they jump into your body and then they jump back out again and the whole thing is going on in a high-speed mode where you're being presented with thousands of details per second and you can't get a hold on [them ...] and these things are saying "Don't give in to astonishment", which is exactly what you want to do. You want to go nuts with how crazy this is, and they say "Don't do that. Pay attention to what we're doing". 
- Terence McKenna

Psychedelics are probably responsible for every aspect of human evolution apart from the decline in bodyhair.
- Terence McKenna

Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.
-Albert Einstein 

Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others.
- Timothy Leary

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
- Douglas Adams

LSD was an incredible experience. Not that I’m recommending it for anybody else; but for me it kind of it hammered home to me that reality was not a fixed thing. That the reality that we saw about us every day was one reality, and a valid one but that there were others, different perspectives where different things have meaning that were just as valid. That had a profound effect on me.
- Alan Moore

You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
- Timothy Leary

LSD is a psychedelic drug which occasionally causes psychotic behavior in people who have NOT taken it.
- Timothy Leary

Drugs Are the Religion of the People ? The Only Hope is Dope.
- Timothy Leary

To make this trivial world sublime, take half a gram of phanerothyme.
-Aldous Huxley

To fall in hell, or soar angelic, you need a pinch of psychedelic.
-Humphrey Osmond

I became tuned in on the network of neurological signals and cellular wisdoms that radiate at hundreds of millions per second.
- Tim Leary

Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.
- Steve Jobs

Consider this:
1. Would you ride in a car whose driver was on the consciousness-expanding "entheogenic" drug LSD?
And here's a bonus question:
2. Why does an "expanded consciousness" include the inability to operate a motor vehicle?
- Brad Warner


Quotes from Comedians

 
psychedelic quotes of bill hicks
Comedy legend Bill Hicks

If God dropped acid, would He see people ? 
- Steven Wright

How about a positive LSD story? Wouldn't that be news-worthy, just the once? To base your decision on information rather than scare tactics and superstition and lies? I think it would be news-worthy. 'Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration. That we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream and we're the imagination of ourselves' . . . ' Here's Tom with the weather.' 
- Bill Hicks

They lie about marijuana, tell you pot smoking makes you unmotivated, LIE, when your high you can do everything you normally do just as well, you just realize its not worth the fucking effort.
- Bill Hicks

I used to do drugs, I still do, but I used to too.
- Mitch Hedburg

I loved when Bush came out and said, 'We are losing the war against drugs.' You know what that implies? There's a war being fought, and the people on drugs are winning it.
- Bill Hicks

I don't do drugs. If I want a rush I just stand up when I'm not expecting it.
- Dylan Moran

Fuck the drug war. Dropping acid was a profound turning point for me, a seminal experience. I make no apologies for it. More people should do acid. It should be sold over the counter.
- George Carlin

I'm a former hippie; I did drugs back when they were healthy. The only time I ever did LSD was at Disney World. I didn't go there - it came to me.  I was Snow White.
- Jim David


Quotes from Artists

Surreal Supremo Salvador Dali

I don't do drugs, I am drugs.
- Salvador Dali

You are one with the same force that provides the spiral arms of the galaxy. That universal creativity. It's also what you are as well. And when the mystic eye is open and sees that, a person is forever changed !
- Alex Grey

The infinite vibratory levels, the dimensions of interconnectedness are without end. There is nothing independent. All beings and things are residents in your awareness.
- Alex Grey


Posted on 22.11.13 by PsyAmb TAG : | 7 Comments ( ADD NEW COMMENT )

7 comments :

Anonymous said... @ 09 March, 2014

Fish don't know they are underwater...

oober said... @ 22 May, 2014

Sponges grow in the ocean ... that kills me ! - Steven Wright

Anonymous said... @ 06 October, 2014

I do Joint... Because I like the Nature..

Anonymous said... @ 17 January, 2015

You are all loved and you are all important, whether you like it or not

Gary Jordan said... @ 20 February, 2015

If this joint is a-rockin...Don't bother knockin...just come on in.
Stevie Ray Vaughn

Anonymous said... @ 29 March, 2015

Your only as high as your imagination can take you

Spa Somerset Lady said... @ 02 December, 2015

Some amazing quotes here, particularly like the Marley and Hendrix ones!

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