74 Total Quotes

Aleister Crowley Quotes

In the absence of will-power the most complete collection of virtues and talents is wholly worthless.
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#Absence

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.
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#Persuasion #Energy

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.
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#Walking

Part of the public horror of sexual irregularity so-called is due to the fact that everyone knows himself essentially guilty.
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#English Critic

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.
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#Public Opinion

Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.
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#English Critic #Facts

Paganism is wholesome because it faces the facts of life.
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#English Critic #Facts

If one were to take the bible seriously one would go mad. But to take the bible seriously, one must be already mad.
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#English Critic #The bible

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law
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#Law

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.
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#English Critic

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.
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#Faith #English Critic

Intolerance is evidence of impotence.
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#English Critic #Intolerance

Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another
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#Falsehood

I was asked to memorise what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.
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#Memory #English Critic

Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.
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#English Critic #Morality

I have never grown out of the infantile belief that the universe was made for me to suck.
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#English Critic #Belief

every man and woman is a star
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#Man

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.
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#Religious #English Critic

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.
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#Magic #English Critic