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Aleister Crowley Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Aleister Crowley.

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.
- Aleister Crowley

Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another.
- Aleister Crowley

The people who have really made history are the martyrs.
- Aleister Crowley

Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.
- Aleister Crowley

 

Intolerance is evidence of impotence.
- Aleister Crowley

Paganism is wholesome because it faces the facts of life.
- Aleister Crowley

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

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I have never grown out of the infantile belief that
the universe was made for me to suck.
- 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

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

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

The conscience of the world is so guilty that it always
assumes that people who investigate heresies must be heretics;
just as if a doctor who studies leprosy must be a leper.
Indeed, it is only recently that science has been allowed
to study anything without reproach.
- Aleister Crowley

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical
wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
- Aleister Crowley

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

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

To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind;
or,
if not, should never be published at all.
- 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

In the absence of willpower the most complete collection
of virtues and talents is wholly worthless.
- 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 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

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

Chinese civilisation is so systematic that wild animals
have been abolished on principle.
- 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

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

The pious pretense that evil does not exist only makes it vague,
enormous and menacing.
- Aleister Crowley

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength
which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.
- Marcus Aurelius

If thou wilt make a man happy,
add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
- Epicurus

Be slow to fall into friendship;
but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
- Socrates

Tell me what company thou keepst,
and I'll tell thee what thou art.
- Miguel de Cervantes

I offer my body, my mind
and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O Infinite Creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose
to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work,
and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered
to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Choose a friend as thou dost a wife,
till death separate you.
- William Penn

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time,
for that is the stuff that life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

Know thyself, and thou shalt know the Universe and God.
- Pythagoras

Does thou love life? Then do not squander time;
for that's the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

Love Your Enemies
Ye have heard that it hath been said,
Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies,
bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
- Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 5:43-44)

Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness -
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
- Omar Khayyam

Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

Soon we'll be out amid the cold world's strife.
Soon we'll be sliding down the razor blade of life.
But as we go our sordid sep'rate ways,
We shall ne'er forget thee, thou golden college days.
Hearts full of youth,
Hearts full of truth,
Six parts gin to one part vermouth.
- Tom Lehrer - song: Bright College Days,
album: An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer

Most people consider the course of events as natural and inevitable.
They little know what radical change are possible through prayer.
Every morning I offer my body, my mind and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O infinite creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

O human beauty, what a dream art thou,
that we should cast our life and hopes away on thee!
- Barry Cornwall

Look within.
Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up,
if thou wilt ever dig.
- Marcus Aurelius

Where thou art, that is home.
- Emily Dickinson

In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it -
thou art a fool.
- Lord Chesterfield

The grace thou hast will soon be less,
if thou addest not more to it.
- William Gurnall

Wake the power within thee slumbering,
trim the plot that's in thy keeping,
thou wilt bless the task when reaping sweet labour's prize.
- John Stuart Blackie

Thou strange piece of wild nature!
- Colley Cibber

O, thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the
beauty of a thousand stars.
- Christopher Marlowe

Be not affronted at a joke.
If one throw salt at thee, thou wilt receive no harm,
unless thou art raw.
- Oliver Goldsmith

Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine,
love, thou art every day my Valentine!
- Thomas Hood

Drink not the third glass, which thou canst not tame,
when once it is within thee.
- George Herbert

Through the Thou a person becomes I. - Martin Buber

It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it,
to fear and suspect the worst.
- Desiderius Erasmus

A book of verses underneath the bough,
A jug of wine, a loaf of bread-and thou.
- Edward Fitzgerald

I have ten commandments.
The first nine are, thou shalt not bore.
The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.
- Billy Wilder

Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God if thou hast
not charity for thy neighbor.
- Francis Quarles

London, thou art the flower of cities all!
- William Dunbar

Speak the truth, do not yield to anger;
give,
if thou art asked for little; by these three steps
thou wilt go near the gods.
- Confucius

Thou shalt not steal.
I mean defensively.
On offense, indeed thou shall steal and thou must.
- Branch Rickey

Why hast thou made me born in this country,
The inhabitant of which is satisfied with being a slave?
- Muhammad Iqbal

Great God of the Ants, thou hast granted victory to thy servants.
I appoint thee honorary Colonel.
- Karel Capek

Thou art my single day, God lends to leaven What were all earth else,
with a feel of heaven.
- Robert Browning Hamilton

Thou shalt not ration justice.
- Learned Hand

First get an absolute conquest over thyself,
and then thou wilt easily govern thy wife.
- Thomas Fuller

Thou shalt not give birth reluctantly.
- Otto Rank

A good face they say, is a letter of recommendation.
O Nature, Nature, why art thou so dishonest,
as ever to send men with these false recommendations into the World!
- Henry Fielding

O earth, what changes hast thou seen!
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

When ambitious desires arise in thy heart,
recall the days of extremity thou has passed through.
- Ieyasu Tokugawa

Thou hast no sorrow in thy song, no winter in thy year.
- John A. Logan

Thou has a thousand eyes and yet not one eye;
Thou host a thousand forms and yet not one form.
- Guru Nanak


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