Aleister Crowley

38Aleister Crowley Quotes

English Critic born on October 12, 1875, died on December 01, 1947

Aleister Crowley was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He founded the religion and philosophy of Thelema, identifying himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Æon of Horus in the early 20th century... (source)

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. view quote

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. view quote

In the absence of willpower the most complete collection of virtues and talents is wholly worthless. view quote

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

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

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

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

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. view quote

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

The people who have really made history are the martyrs. view quote

Chinese civilisation is so systematic that wild animals have been abolished on principle. view quote

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. view quote

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. view quote

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