Aleister Crowley

Occultist, Poet, Novelist, Mountaineer

October 12, 1875 - December 1, 1947

October 12, 1875 - December 1, 1947

Occultist, Poet, Novelist, Mountaineer


52 Greatest Quotes By Aleister Crowley

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness. Aleister Crowley
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. Aleister Crowley
I have never grown out of the infantile belief that the universe was made for me to suck. Aleister Crowley
It is necessary that we stop, once for all, this ignorant meddling with other people's business. Each individual must be left free to follow his own path. Aleister Crowley
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. Aleister Crowley
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. Aleister Crowley
The pious pretense that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing. Aleister Crowley
Some men are born sodomites, some achieve sodomy, and some have sodomy thrust upon them... Aleister Crowley
The customer is usually wrong, but statistics indicate that it doesn't pay to tell him so. Aleister Crowley
To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind; or, if not, should never be published at all. Aleister Crowley
The Gods are but names for the forces of Nature themselves. Aleister Crowley
Magick is the Science of understanding oneself and one's conditions. It is the Art of applying that understanding in action. Aleister Crowley
It is necessary, in this world, to be made of harder stuff than one's environment. Aleister Crowley
Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people. Aleister Crowley
Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales. Aleister Crowley
You can only accomplish your object in life by complete disregard of the opinions of other people. Aleister Crowley
In the absence of willpower the most complete collection of virtues and talents is wholly worthless. Aleister Crowley
Your friends will notice at once that glib vacuities fail to impress, and hate you, and tell lies about you. It's worth it. Aleister Crowley
I did not hate God or Christ, but merely the God and Christ of the people whom I hated. Aleister Crowley
Magic is real. And reality... it is magical. Aleister Crowley
I'm a poet, and I like my lies the way my mother used to make them. Aleister Crowley
The essence of independence has been to think and act according to standards from within, not without. Aleister Crowley
The people who have really made history are the martyrs. Aleister Crowley
If one were to take the bible seriously one would go mad. But to take the bible seriously, one must be already mad. Aleister Crowley
A white male child of perfect innocence and intelligence makes the most suitable victim. Aleister Crowley
I was asked to memorise what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner. Aleister Crowley
Happiness lies within one's self, and the way to dig it out is cocaine. Aleister Crowley
Repeal all laws which assume that mankind is a herd of cattle. Aleister Crowley
Tell the truth, but lead so improbable a life that the truth will never be believed. Aleister Crowley
For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect. Aleister Crowley
Having to talk destroys the symphony of silence. Aleister Crowley
64. I am the blue-lidded daughter of Sunset; I am the naked brilliance of the voluptuous night-sky. Aleister Crowley
We must conquer life by living it to the full, and then we can go to meet death with a certain prestige. Aleister Crowley
May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! Aleister Crowley
I seem to remember asking myself if I was insane, and answering, ''Of couse I am - sanity is a compromise. Sanity is the thing that keeps one back. Aleister Crowley
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. Aleister Crowley
Anything which throws light upon the Universe, anything which reveals us to ourselves, should be welcome in this world of riddles. Aleister Crowley
What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over. Aleister Crowley
Balance every thought with its opposition. Because the marriage of them is the destruction of illusion. Aleister Crowley
Sex is the sacred song of the soul; Sex is the sanctuary of Self. Aleister Crowley
Paganism is wholesome because it faces the facts of life. Aleister Crowley
A man who is doing his True Will has the inertia of the Universe to assist him. Aleister Crowley
Part of the public horror of sexual irregularity so-called is due to the fact that everyone knows himself essentially guilty. Aleister Crowley
Chinese civilisation is so systematic that wild animals have been abolished on principle. Aleister Crowley
Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another. Aleister Crowley
The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript. Aleister Crowley
This Universe is a wild revel of atoms, men, and stars, each one a Soul of Light and Mirth, horsed on Eternity. Aleister Crowley
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. Aleister Crowley
There are no "standards of Right". Ethics is balderdash. Each Star must go on its own orbit. To hell with "moral principle"; there is no such thing. Aleister Crowley