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Quotations from Samuel Liddell Mathers

1854-1918

I say fearlessly to the fanatics and bigots of the present day: You have cast down the Sublime and Infinite One from His throne, and in His stead have placed the demon of unbalanced force; you have substituted a deity of disorder and of jealousy for a God of order and of love; you have perverted the teachings of the crucified One.

Kabbala Denudata ('The Kabbalah Unveiled') (1887)

The idea of negative existence can then exist as an idea, but it will not bear definition, since the idea of definition is utterly incompatible with its nature.

Kabbala Denudata ('The Kabbalah Unveiled') (1887)

To define negative existence clearly is impossible, for when it is distinctly defined it ceases to be negative existence; it is then negative existence passing into static condition. Therefore wisely have the Qabalists shut out from mortal comprehension the primal Ain, the negatively existent One, and the Ain Soph, the limitless Expansion; while of even the Ain Soph Aur, the illimitable Light, only a dim conception can be formed.

Kabbala Denudata ('The Kabbalah Unveiled') (1887)

Were the real and sublime philosophy of the Bible better known, there would be fewer fanatics and sectarians.

Kabbala Denudata ('The Kabbalah Unveiled') (1887)

Who can calculate the vastness of the harm done to impressionable and excitable persons by the bigoted enthusiasts who ever and anon come forward as teachers of the people? How many suicides are the result of religious mania and depression!

Kabbala Denudata ('The Kabbalah Unveiled') (1887)



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