33 Best Robert Anton Wilson Quotes

33 Best Robert Anton Wilson Quotes

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Robert Anton Wilson was an author, poet, futurist, and psychologist from Brooklyn, New York. His work focuses on the questions of life, such as consciousness, religion, and truth. He has described his work as “an attempt to break down conditioned associations, to look at the world in a new way.” He died on January 11, 2007 at the age of 74.

“I really dread serious people. Especially serious, dogmatic people. I regard them as sort of what Reich called the emotional plague. I regard them as very dangerous.”

“A monopoly on the means of communication may define a ruling elite more precisely than the celebrated Marxian formula of ‘monopoly in the means of production.’”

“A true initiation never ends.”

“All phenomena are real in some sense, unreal in some sense, meaningless in some sense, real and meaningless in some sense, unreal and meaningless in some sense, and real and unreal and
meaningless in some sense.”

“Belief is the death of intelligence.”

“Beyond a certain point, the whole universe becomes a continuous process of initiation.”

“Everybody who has ever worked for a corporation knows that corporations conspire all the time. Politicians conspire all the time, pot-dealers conspire not to get caught by the narcs, the
world is full of conspiracies. Conspiracy is natural primate behavior.”

“Everyone has a belief system, B.S., the trick is to learn not to take anyone’s B.S. too seriously, especially your own.”

“Following Korzybski, I put things in probabilities, not absolutes.”

“Horror is the natural reaction to the last 5,000 years of history.”

“I don’t believe anything, but I have many suspicions.”

“I think I got off on the wrong planet. Beam me up Scotty, there’s no rational life here.”

“If you think you know what the hell is going on, you’re probably full of shit.”

“I’m using myself as a typical 20th century model as I’m trying to make sense out of the world around me.”

“It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.”

“Mind is a tool invented by the universe to see itself; but it can never see all of itself, for much the same reason that you can’t see your own back (without mirrors).”

“Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen. The majority of them weren’t even mammals.”

“My early work is politically anarchist fiction, in that I was an anarchist for a long period of time. I’m not an anarchist any longer, because I’ve concluded that anarchism is an
impractical ideal. Nowadays, I regard myself as a libertarian.”

“Obviously, the faster we process information, the more rich and complex our models or glosses — our reality-tunnels — will become.”

“Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.”

“Once something becomes discernible, or understandable, we no longer need to repeat it. We can destroy it.”


“People have murdered each other, in massive wars and guerilla actions, for many centuries, and still murder each other in the present, over Ideologies and Religions which, stated as
propositions, appear neither true nor false to modern logicians — meaningless propositions that look meaningful to the linguistically naive.”

“The Bible tells us to be like God, and then on page after page it describes God as a mass murderer. This may be the single most important key to the political behavior of Western

“The devil is only a convenient myth invented by the real malefactors of our world.”

“The longer one is alone, the easier it is to hear the song of the earth.”

“The more rabid anti-Masons, of course, dismiss such testimony as flat lies.”

“The most thoroughly and relentlessly Damned, banned, excluded, condemned, forbidden, ostracized, ignore, suppressed, repressed, robbed, brutalized and defamed of all Damned Things is the
individual human being. The social engineers, statistician, psychologist, sociologists, market researchers, landlords, bureaucrats, captains of industry, bankers, governors, commissars,
kings and presidents are perpetually forcing this Damned Thing into carefully prepared blueprints and perpetually irritated that the Damned Thing will not fit into the slot assigned it. The
theologians call it a sinner and try to reform it. The governor calls it a criminal and tries to punish it. the psychologist calls it a neurotic and tries to cure it. Still, the Damned Thing
will not fit into their slots.”

“The Western World has been brainwashed by Aristotle for the last 2,500 years. The unconscious, not quite articulate, belief of most Occidentals is that there is one map which adequately
represents reality. By sheer good luck, every Occidental thinks he or she has the map that fits. Guerrilla ontology, to me, involves shaking up that certainty.”

“The worst that can happen under monarchy is rule by a single imbecile, but democracy often means the rule by an assembly of three or four hundred imbeciles.”

“There are periods of history when the visions of madmen and dope fiends are a better guide to reality than the common-sense interpretation of data available to the so-called normal mind.
This is one such period, if you haven’t noticed already.”

“We live in an age of artificial scarcity, maintained by ignorance and fear.”