I busted out of the place in a hurry and went to a saloon and drank beer, and said that for the rest of my life I’d never take a job in a place where you couldn’t throw cigarette butts on the floor. I was hooked on this writing for newspapers and magazines.
— Jimmy Breslin
A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?
— Oscar Wilde, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
I have known many persons who turned their gold into smoke, but you are the first to turn smoke into gold.
— Queen Elizabeth I of England to Sir Walter Raleigh
To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know because I’ve done it a thousand times.
— Mark Twain
Watching the smoke dance out of a cigarette is like watching a girl dance out of her dress.
— D.H. Mondfleur