“The pipe draws wisdom from the lips of the philosopher, and shuts up the mouth of the foolish; it generates a style of conversation, contemplative, thoughtful, benevolent, and unaffected.” – William Makepeace Thackeray, from “The Social Pipe”

“The fact is, squire, the moment a man takes to a pipe, he becomes a philosopher. It’s the poor man’s friend; it calms the mind, soothes the temper, and makes a man patient under difficulties. It has made more good men, good husbands, kind masters, indulgent fathers, than any other blessed thing on this universal earth.” -Sam Slick, the clockmaker

“There is nothing like being left alone . . . to walk peacefully with oneself in the woods. To boil one’s coffee and fill one’s pipe, and to think idly and slowly as one does it.” – Knut Hamsun

“Nowhere in the world will such a brotherly feeling of confidence be experienced as amongst those who sit together smoking their pipes.” – The Results and Merits of Tobacco, 1844, Doctor Barnstein

There may be comrades in this world,
     As stanch and true as steel.
There are: and by their friendships firm
     Is my life made only real.
But, after all, of all these hearts
     That close with mine entwine,
None lie so near, nor seem so dear
     As this old pipe of mine.”

Elton J. Buckley, “My Pipe and I”

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