50 Famous Aleister Crowley Quotes

50 Famous Aleister Crowley Quotes

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Aleister Crowley was an occultist, poet, magician, and author from Warwickshire, England. He gained the most fame due to Thelema, a religion that he founded naming himself as the prophet that is going to guide humanity. He died on December 1, 1947 at the age of 72.

“Black magic is not a myth. It is a totally unscientific and emotional form of magic, but it does get results — of an extremely temporary nature.”

“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.”

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

“Every man and every woman is a star.”

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

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

“Having to talk destroys the symphony of silence.”

“How right politicians are to look upon their constituents as cattle! Anyone who has any experience of dealing with any class as such knows the futility of appealing to intelligence, indeed
to any other qualities than those of brutes.”

“I am above you and in you. My ecstasy is in yours. My joy is to see your joy.”

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

“I am certainly of opinion that genius can be acquired, or, in the alternative, that it is an almost universal possession. ”

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

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

“I embrace hardship and privation with ecstatic delight; I want everything the world holds; I would go to prison or to the scaffold for the sake of the experience. I have never grown out of
the infantile belief that the universe was made for me to suck”

“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.”

“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.”

“I was asked to memorise what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.”

“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?”

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

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

“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.”

“Love is the law, love under will.”

“Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.”

“Men and women are not free to love decently until they have analyzed themselves completely and swept away every mystery from sex; and this means the acquisition of a profound philosophical
theory based on wide reading of anthropology and enlightened practice.”

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

“Now a curse upon Because and his kin!”

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

“Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.”

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

“Part of the public horror of sexual irregularity so-called is due to the fact that everyone knows himself essentially guilty.”

“Sit still. Stop thinking. Shut up. Get out!”

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

“The conscience of the world is so guilty that it always assumes that people who investigate heresies must be heretics; just as if a doctor who studies leprosy must be a leper. Indeed, it is
only recently that science has been allowed to study anything without reproach.”

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

“The definition of self-respect contains a clause to include pitiless contempt for some other class. … English society is impregnated from top to bottom with this spirit. 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.”

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

“The Inmost is one with the Inmost; yet the form of the One is not the form of the other; intimacy exacts fitness.”

“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 old spelling MAGICK has been adopted throughout in order to distinguish the Science of the Magi from all its counterfeits.”

“The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript.”

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

“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.”

“The True Will is thus both determined by its equations, and free because those equation are simply its own name, spelt out fully.”

“There is a single main definition of the object of all magical Ritual. It is the uniting of the Microcosm with the Macrocosm.”

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

“There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.”

“There is no part of me that is not of the gods!”

“To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worth while. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.”

“We can no longer assert any single proposition, unless we guard ourselves by enumerating countless conditions which must be assumed.”

“Your kiss is bitter with cocaine.”