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Quotations from Aleister Crowley

1875-1947

All these old letters of my Book are aright; but Tzaddi is not the Star.

The Book of the Law, I:57 (1904)

Destiny is an absolutely definite and inexorable ruler. Physical ability and moral determination count for nothing. It is impossible to perform the simplest act when the gods say 'no.' I have no idea how they bring pressure to bear on such occasions; I only know that it is irresistible.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 48 (1929)

Divide, add, multiply, and understand.

The Book of the Law, I:25 (1904)

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

The Book of the Law, I:40 (1904)

Every man and every woman is a star.

The Book of the Law, I:3 (1904)

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

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 49 (1929)

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

The Book of the Law, I:44 (1904)

I am divided for love's sake, for the chance of union.

The Book of the Law, I:29 (1904)

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.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 54 (1929)

I have never grown out of the infantile belief that the universe was made for me to suck.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 54 (1929)

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

On geometry lessons, The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 5 (1929)

I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 5 (1929)

I will not allow the cards to be issued so that they can be used only for gambling or fortune-telling.

On the Thoth Tarot deck

If one had to worry about one’s actions in respect of other people’s ideas, one might as well be buried alive in an antheap or married to an ambitious violinist. Whether that man is the prime minister, modifying his opinions to catch votes, or a bourgeois in terror lest some harmless act should be misunderstood and outrage some petty convention, that man is an inferior man and I do not want to have anything to do with him any more than I want to eat canned salmon.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 4 (1929)

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

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Indubitably, Magick is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts. There is more opportunity for errors of comprehension, judgement and practice than in any other branch of physics.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 20 (1929)

Intolerance is evidence of impotence.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 69 (1929)

It sometimes strikes me that the whole of science is a piece of impudence; that nature can afford to ignore our impertinent interference. If our monkey mischief should ever reach the point of blowing up the earth by decomposing an atom, and even annihilated the sun himself, I cannot really suppose that the universe would turn a hair.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 14 (1929)

Love is the law, love under will.

The Book of the Law, I:57 (1904)

Love stories are only fit for the solace of people in the insanity of puberty. No healthy adult human being can really care whether so-and-so does or does not succeed in satisfying his physiological uneasiness by the aid of some particular person or not.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 50 (1929)

Men and women are not free to love decently until they have analysed 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.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 44 (1929)

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

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 57 (1929)

Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 22 (1929)

Paganism is wholesome because it faces the facts of life.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 8 (1929)

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

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 50 (1929)

Religion itself becomes offensively monotonous. On every point of vantage are pagodas - stupid stalagmites of stagnant piety.

On Burma, The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 54 (1929)

Roughly speaking, any man with energy and enthusiasm ought to be able to bring at least a dozen others round to his opinion in the course of a year no matter how absurd that opinion might be. We see every day in politics, in business, in social life, large masses of people brought to embrace the most revolutionary ideas, sometimes within a few days. It is all a question of getting hold of them in the right way and working on their weak points.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 56 (1929)

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.

On Freudian theories, The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 64 (1929)

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 Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 17 (1929)

The greatest horrors in the history of mankind are not due to the ambition of the Napoleons or the vengeance of the Agamemnons, but to the doctrinaire philosophers. The theories of the sentimentalist Rousseau inspired the integrity of the passionless Robespierre. The cold-blooded calculations of Karl Marx led to the judicial and business-like operations of the Cheka.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 61 (1929)

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 Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 65 (1929)

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

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 10 (1929)

The people who have really made history are the martyrs.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 4 (1929)

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

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 33 (1929)

The supreme satisfaction is to be able to despise one’s neighbour 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 Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 3 (1929)

There is a single main definition of the object of all magical Ritual. It is the uniting of the Microcosm with the Macrocosm. The Supreme and Complete Ritual is therefore the Invocation of the Holy Guardian Angel; or, in the language of Mysticism, Union with God.

Magick in Theory and Practice, chapter 1 (1929)

They look for a victim to chivy, and howl him down, and finally lynch him in a sheer storm of sexual frenzy which they honestly imagine to be moral indignation, patriotic passion or some equally avowable emotion, it may be an innocent Negro, a Jew like Leo Frank, a harmless half-witted German; a Christ-like idealist of the type of Debs, an enthusiastic reformer like Emma Goldman.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 58 (1929)

To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind; or, if not, should never be published at all... A message from the gods should be delivered at once. It is damnably blasphemous to talk about the autumn season and so on. How dare the author or publisher demand a price for doing his duty, the highest and most honourable to which a man can be called?

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 68 (1929)

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

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 23 (1929)

To the eyes of a god, mankind must appear as a species of bacteria which multiply and become progressively virulent whenever they find themselves in a congenial culture, and whose activity diminishes until they disappear completely as soon as proper measures are taken to sterilise them.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 68 (1929)

When one walks, one is brought into touch first of all with the essential relations between one’s physical powers and the character of the country; one is compelled to see it as its natives do. Then every man one meets is an individual. One is no longer regarded by the whole population as an unapproachable and uninteresting animal to be cheated and robbed.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 67 (1929)



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