I know many are against pipe smoking (tobacco in general) but there is something special about a pipe. [They are not cigarettes, contrary to popular belief]. The art of drawing the flavor of a fine crafted tobacco. Would I give up such a divine pleasure due to the judgment of others, the warnings, in order to comply to opinions of the masses? Nay, not I. There is a reason that studies show that the majority of pipe smokers live long lives. [Yes, it’s true]. It is a meditation that lowers the blood pressure; and has been used by spiritual leaders to connect to a deeper soul; a deeper contemplation. Therefore, I would like to share a few favorite quotes:
“A pipe is to the troubled soul what caresses of a mother are for her suffering child.”
“Tobacco smoke is the one element in which, by our European manners, men can sit silent together without embarrassment, and where no man is bound to speak one word more than he has actually and veritably got to say. Nay, rather every man is admonished and enjoined by the laws of honor, and even of personal ease, to stop short of that point; and at all events to hold his peace and take to his pipe again the instant he has spoken his meaning, if he chance to have any.”
“I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgement in all human affairs.”
–Albert Einstein, 1950
Ah, yes … my ambrosia that enlightens….