Quotations From ALEISTER CROWLEY


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  • 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 (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 54 (1929, rev. 1970).

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  • Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 64 (1929, rev. 1970). Referring to Freudian theories.
  • Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. Ed. (1970). The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, prelude (1929). The maxim is repeated throughout Crowley's works, as representing the key to his philosophy. It has a precedent of a sort in St. Augustine's "Love and do what you will." [Dilige et quod vis fac.]...
  • 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 (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 50 (1929, rev. 1970).

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  • 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 (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 5 (1929, rev.1970). Of geometry lessons.

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  • Part of the public horror of sexual irregularity so-called is due to the fact that everyone knows himself essentially guilty.
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 50 (1929, rev. 1970).
  • I have never grown out of the infantile belief that the universe was made for me to suck.
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 54 (1929, rev. 1970).
  • 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 (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 23 (1929, rev. 1970).

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  • A madhouse of frenzied moneymaking and frenzied pleasure-seeking, with none of the corners chipped off. It is beautifully situated and the air reminds one curiously of Edinburgh.
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 25 (1929, rev. 1970). Said of San Francisco in 1898. Later, in 1917, Crowley's impressions had changed: "The old charm had vanished completely. It had become a regular fellow. The earthquake had swallowed up romance, and the fire burnt up the soul of the city to ashes. The phoenix had perished and from the cinders had arisen a turkey buzzard." (Confessions, ch. 77).
  • Paganism is wholesome because it faces the facts of life.
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 8 (1929, revised 1970).

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