Aleister Crowley Quotes
1. I’m a poet, and I like my lies the way my mother used to make them
2. One would go mad if one took the Bible seriously; but to take it seriously one must be already mad.
3. May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall!
4. 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.
5. Having to talk destroys the symphony of silence.
6. The sin which is unpardonable is knowingly and wilfully to reject truth, to fear knowledge lest that knowledge pander not to thy prejudices.
7. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
8. Magick is the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with will.
9. Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.
10. Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
11. Every man and every woman is a star.
12. 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.
13. I’ve written this to keep from crying. But I am crying, only the tears won’t come.
14. Your kiss is bitter with cocaine.
15. The Way of Mastery is to break all the rules—but you have to know them perfectly before you can do this; otherwise you are not in a position to transcend them.
16. I’ve often thought that there isn’t any “I” at all; that we are simply the means of expression of something else; that when we think we are ourselves, we are simply the victims of a delusion.
17. What the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over.
18. 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.
19. Love is the law, love under will.
20. It is necessary, in this world, to be made of harder stuff than one’s environment.
21. Happiness lies within one’s self, and the way to dig it out is cocaine.
22. Paganism is wholesome because it faces the facts of life
23. For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.
24. Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.
25. Balance every thought with its opposition. Because the marriage of them is the destruction of illusion.
26. We must conquer life by living it to the full, and then we can go to meet death with a certain prestige
27. Truth! Truth! Truth! crieth the Lord of the Abyss of Hallucinations
28. Some men are born sodomites, some achieve sodomy, and some have sodomy thrust upon them
29. 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.
30. The most delicious sensation of all is the re-birth of healthy human love. Spring coming back to Earth!
31. 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.
32. The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript.
33. Your friends will notice at once that glib vacuities fail to impress, and hate you, and tell lies about you. It’s worth it.
34. He shall fall down into a pit called Because, and there he shall perish with the dogs of reason.
35. 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.
36. …in the absence of will power, the most complete collection of virtues and talents is wholly worthless.
37. For I am divided for love’s sake, for the chance of union
38. Don’t talk for five minutes, there’s a good chap! I’ve a strange feeling come over me–almost as if I were going to think!
39. 64. I am the blue-lidded daughter of Sunset; I am the naked brilliance of the voluptuous night-sky.
40. This complaining rambling rubbish is the substitute which has taken the place of love.
41. The key of joy is disobedience.
42. Since all things are God, in all things thou seest just so much of God as thy capacity affordeth thee.
43. 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.
44. The man who denounces life merely defines himself as the man who is unequal to it.
45. A man friends are more capable of working him harm than strangers; and his greatest danger lies in his own habits.
46. Their false compassion is called compassion and their false understanding is called understanding, for this is their most potent spell.
47. The more necessary anything appears to my mind, the most certain it is that I only assert a limitation.
48. This is the Night wherein I’m lost, the Love through which I am no longer
49. If Will stops and cries Why, invoking Because, then Will stops & does nought. If Power asks why, then is Power weakness.
50. A red rose absorbs all colors but red; red is therefore the one color that it is not.
51. Astrology has no more useful function than this, to discover the inmost nature of a man and to bring it out into his consciousness, that he may fulfil it according to the law of light.
52. Keep on acquiring a taste for what is naturally repugnant; this is an unfailing source of pleasure.
53. A single ego is an absurdly narrow vantage point from which to view the world.
54. There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.
55. The first condition of success in magick is purity of purpose.
56. Chaos is Peace… Blackness, blackness intolerable, before the beginning of the light. This is the first verse of Genesis. Holy art thou, Chaos, Chaos, Eternity, all contradictions in terms!
57. The nails from a suicide’s coffin, and the skull of the parricide, were of course no trouble; for Vesquit never traveled without these household requisites.
58. The Great Work is the uniting of opposites. It may mean the uniting of the soul with God, of the microcosm with the macrocosm, of the female with the male, of the ego with the non-ego—or what not.
59. Light illuminates the path of humanity: it is our own fault if we go over the brink.
60. To resist and subdue Nature is to make for one’s self a personal and imperishable life: it is to break free from the vicissitudes of Life and Death.