Aleister Crowley

(12 October 1875 - 1 December 1947 / Warwickshire, England)

Aleister Crowley Quotes

  • ''Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another.''
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 49 (1929, revised 1970).
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  • ''Intolerance is evidence of impotence.''
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 69 (1929, revised 1970).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.''
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. Ed. (1970). The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 22 (1929).
  • ''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.''
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 5 (1929, rev. 1970).
  • ''Chinese civilisation is so systematic that wild animals have been abolished on principle.''
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 56 (1929, revised 1970).
  • ''The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript.''
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 10 (1929, rev. 1970). Referring to mountaineering.
  • ''Religion itself becomes offensively monotonous. On every point of vantage are pagodas—stupid stalagmites of stagnant piety.''
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 54 (1929, rev. 1970). On traveling along the river Irrawaddy in Burma.
  • ''The people who have really made history are the martyrs.''
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 4 (1929, rev. 1970).

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Best Poem of Aleister Crowley

Hymn To Lucifer

Ware, nor of good nor ill, what aim hath act?
Without its climax, death, what savour hath
Life? an impeccable machine, exact
He paces an inane and pointless path
To glut brute appetites, his sole content
How tedious were he fit to comprehend
Himself! More, this our noble element
Of fire in nature, love in spirit, unkenned
Life hath no spring, no axle, and no end.

His body a bloody-ruby radiant
With noble passion, sun-souled Lucifer
Swept through the dawn colossal, swift aslant
On Eden's imbecile perimeter.
He blessed nonentity with every curse
And ...

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Linoz Isidoz

Lo! I lament. Fallen is the sixfold Star:
Slain is Asar.
O twinned with me in the womb of Night!
O son of my bowels to the Lord of Light!
O man of mine that hast covered me
From the shame of my virginity!
Where art thou? Is it not Apep thy brother,
The snake in my womb that am thy mother,
That hath slain thee by violence girt with guile,

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