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 :: 1875-1947, British Occultist

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I have never grown out of the infantile belief that the universe was made for me to suck.
~ Aleister Crowley - [Universe]

 

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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.
~ Aleister Crowley - [Walking]

 

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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.
~ Aleister Crowley - [People, Other]

 

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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.
~ Aleister Crowley - [Persuasion]

 

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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 allowable 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.
~ Aleister Crowley - [Public Opinion]

 

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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 honorable to which a man can be called?
~ Aleister Crowley - [Publishing and Publishers]

 

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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.
~ Aleister Crowley - [Romance and Romanticism]

 

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I was asked to memorize what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.
~ Aleister Crowley - [School]

 

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Intolerance is evidence of impotence.
~ Aleister Crowley - [Intolerance]

 

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Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another.
~ Aleister Crowley - [Lies and Lying]

 

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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.
~ Aleister Crowley - [Life and Living]

 

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Men and women are not free to love decently until they have analyzed 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.
~ Aleister Crowley - [Love]

 

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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.
~ Aleister Crowley - [Magic]

 

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The people who have really made history are the martyrs.
~ Aleister Crowley - [Martyrdom]

 

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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 - [Morality]

 

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Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.
~ Aleister Crowley - [Morality]

 

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The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript.
~ Aleister Crowley - [Mountains]

 

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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.
~ Aleister Crowley - [Neighbors]

 

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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.
~ Aleister Crowley - [Nuclear Age]

 

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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.
~ Aleister Crowley - [Free Will]

 

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