Famous Quotes By Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley Quotes

“Every man and every woman is a star.”




“A man who is doing his True Will has the inertia of the Universe to assist him.”




“By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe.”




“I did not hate God or Christ, but merely the God and Christ of the people whom I hated.”




“Love is the law, love under will.”




“Balance every thought with its opposition. Because the marriage of them is the destruction of illusion.”




“Magick is the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with will.”




“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.”




“The key of joy is disobedience.”




“Every intentional act is a magical act.”




“There is no part of me that is not of the Gods.”




“Magick is the Art of Life itself.”




“This serpent, SATAN, is not the enemy of Man, but He who made Gods of our race, knowing Good and Evil; He bade ‘Know Thyself!’ and taught Initiation.”




“For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.”




“Magick is the Science of understanding oneself and one’s conditions. It is the Art of applying that understanding in action.”




“To train the mind to move with the maximum speed and energy, with the utmost possible accuracy in the chosen direction, and with the minimum of disturbance or friction. That is Magick. To stop the mind altogether. That is Yoga.”




“Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.”




“In the absence of willpower the most complete collection of virtues and talents is wholly worthless.”




“Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.”




“Initiation means the Journey Inwards: nothing is changed or can be changed; but all is trulier understood with every step.”




“I will interpret every phenomenon as a particular dealing of God with my soul.”




“I believe in one Gnostic and Catholic Church of Light, Life, Love and Liberty, the Word of whose Law is THELEMA.”




“The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.”




“The Way of Mastery is to break all the rules – but you have to know them perfectly before you can do this; otherwise you are not in a position to transcend them.”




“I was in the death struggle with self: God and Satan fought for my soul those three long hours. God conquered – now I have only one doubt left – which of the twain was God?”




“It will be seen that the formula – ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law’ has nothing to do with ‘Do as you please.’ It is much more difficult to comply with the Law of Thelema than to follow out slavishly a set of dead regulations.”




“We place no reliance On virgin or pigeon; Our Method is Science, Our Aim is Religion.”




“May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early!”




“I am alone. There is no God where I am.”




“A burnt child dreads the fire.”




“Love is the only principle which makes life tolerable.”




“For I am divided for love’s sake, for the chance of union.”




“I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.”




“A white male child of perfect innocence and intelligence makes the most suitable victim.”




“I do not want to father a flock, to be the fetish of fools and fanatics or the founder of a faith whose followers are content to echo my opinions. I want each man to cut his own way through the jungle.”




“This Universe is a wild revel of atoms, men, and stars, each one a Soul of Light and Mirth, horsed on Eternity.”




“Invoke often! Inflame thyself with prayer!”




“Your kiss is bitter with cocaine.”




“Intolerance is evidence of impotence.”




“He shall fall down into a pit called Because, and there he shall perish with the dogs of reason.”




“What the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over.”




“Imagine listening to Beethoven with the prepossession that C is a good note and F a bad one; yet this is exactly the stand point from which all uninitiates contemplate the universe. Obviously, they miss the music.”




“The customer is usually wrong, but statistics indicate that it doesn’t pay to tell him so.”




“Having to talk destroys the symphony of silence.”




“Light, Life and Love are like three glow-worms at thy feet: the whole universe of stars, the dewdrops on the grass whereon thou walkest!”




“You can only accomplish your object in life by complete disregard of the opinions of other people.”




“It is the mark of the mind untrained to take its own processes as valid for all men, and its own judgments for absolute truth.”




“The best models of English writing are Shakespeare and the Old Testament.”




“I hardly ever talk- words seem such a waste, and they are none of them true. No one has yet invented a language from my point of view.”




“Astrology has no more useful function than this, to discover the inmost nature of a man and to bring it out into his consciousness, that he may fulfil it according to the law of light.”




“Crime, folly, sickness and all phenomena must be contemplated with complete freedom from fear aversion or shame. Otherwise we shall fail to see accurately, and interpret intelligently; in which case we shall be unable to outwit and outfight them.”




“The people who have really made history are the martyrs.”




“A single ego is an absurdly narrow vantage point from which to view the world.”




“One would go mad if one took the Bible seriously; but to take it seriously one must be already mad.”




“Paganism is wholesome because it faces the facts of life.”




“The first task of the Magician in every ceremony is therefore to render his Circle absolutely impregnable.”




“The sin which is unpardonable is knowingly and wilfully to reject truth, to fear knowledge lest that knowledge pander not to thy prejudices.”




“The intention of this Book of The Law is perfectly simple. Whatever your predilections may be, you are free, by the Law of Thelema, to be the star you are, to go your own way rejoicing.”




“I have been accused of being a ‘black magician.’ No more foolish statement was ever made about me. I despise the thing to such an extent that I can hardly believe in the existence of people so debased and idiotic as to practice it.”




“Tell the truth, but lead so improbable a life that the truth will never be believed.”




“Unspeakable is the variety of form and immeasurable the diversity of beauty, but in all is the seal of unity.”




“The word of Sin is Restriction.”




“To me, every dirty act was simply a sacrament of sin, a passionately religious protest against Christianity, which was for me the symbol of all vileness, meanness, treachery, falsehood and oppression.”




“Anything which throws light upon the Universe, anything which reveals us to ourselves, should be welcome in this world of riddles.”




“What is necessary is not to seek after some fantastic ideal, utterly unsuited to our real needs, but to discover the true nature of those needs, to fulfill them, and rejoice therein.”




“The Quest of the Holy Grail, the Search for the Stone of the Philosophers-by whatever name we choose to call the Great Work-is therefore endless. Success only opens up new avenues of brilliant possibility.”




“30. If Will stops and cries Why, invoking Because, then Will stops an does naught. 31. If power asks why, then power is weakness.”




“Oh, how superior is the Eye of Horus to the Mouth of Isis!”




“Toronto as a city carries out the idea of Canada as a country. It is a calculated crime against the aspirations of the soul and the affection of the heart.”




“I can imagine myself on my death-bed, spent utterly with lust to touch the next world, like a boy asking for his first kiss from a woman.”




“Your friends will notice at once that glib vacuities fail to impress, and hate you, and tell lies about you. It’s worth it.”




“I am the blue-lidded daughter of Sunset; I am the naked brilliance of the voluptuous night-sky.”




“The pious pretense that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.”




“Repeal all laws which assume that mankind is a herd of cattle.”




“Love is a virtue; it grows stronger and purer and less selfish by applying it to what it loathes; but theft is a vice involving the slave-idea that one’s neighbor is superior to oneself.”




“The nails from a suicide’s coffin, and the skull of the parricide, were of course no trouble; for Vesquit never traveled without these household requisites.”




“It is necessary that we stop, once for all, this ignorant meddling with other people’s business. Each individual must be left free to follow his own path.”




“Alas the Master; so he sinks in death. But whoso knows the mystery of man Sees life and death as curves of the same plan.”




“I’m a poet, and I like my lies the way my mother used to make them.”




“Practically, Science is true; and Faith is foolish.”




“This complaining rambling rubbish is the substitute which has taken the place of love.”




“What is the meaning of Initiation? It is the Path to the realisation of your Self as the sole, the supreme, the absolute of all Truth, Beauty, Purity, Perfection!”




“The more necessary anything appears to my mind, the most certain it is that I only assert a limitation.”




“Every one interprets everything in terms of his own experience. If you say anything which does not touch a precisely similar spot in another man’s brain, he either misunderstands you, or doesn’t understand you at all.”




“Those magicians who object to the use of blood, have endeavored to replace it with incense. But, the bloody sacrifice, though more dangerous, is more efficacious. And for nearly all purposes, human sacrifice is the best.”




“Don’t talk for five minutes, there’s a good chap! I’ve a strange feeling come over me – almost as if I were going to think!”




“Happiness lies within one’s self, and the way to dig it out is cocaine.”




“There is a splendour in my name hidden and glorious, as the sun of midnight is ever the son.”




“The most delicious sensation of all is the re-birth of healthy human love. Spring coming back to Earth!”




“Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another.”




“The supreme satisfaction is to be able to despise one’s neighbor and this fact goes far to account for religious intolerance. It is evidently consoling to reflect that the people next door are headed for hell.”




“All phenomena of which we are aware take place in our own minds, and therefore the only thing we have to look at is the mind; which is a more constant quantity over all the species of humanity than is generally supposed.”




“It is necessary, in this world, to be made of harder stuff than one’s environment.”




“The man who denounces life merely defines himself as the man who is unequal to it.”




“Acts which are essentially dishonourable must not be done; they would be justified only by calm contemplation of their correctness in abstract cases.”




“Morality can muddle mystical understanding and virtue is only necessary in so far as it favours success. All wisdom must be encompassed in order to achieve enlightenment.”




“There is only one really safe, mild, harmless beverage and you can drink as much of that as you like without running the slightest risk, and what you say when you want it is, Garcon! Un Pernod!”




“Every incarnation that we remember must increase our comprehension of ourselves as who we are.”

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