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Aleister Crowley

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

Quotations

  • ''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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  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''Indubitably, Magick is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts. There is more opportunity for errors of comprehension, judgement and practice than in any other branch of physics.''
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 20 (1929, rev. 1970).
  • ''The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.''
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 33 (1929, revised 1970).
  • ''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.]...
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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 (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 57 (1929, rev. 1970).

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Au Bal

[Dedicated to Horace Sheridan-Bickers]

A vision of flushed faces, shining limbs,
The madness of the music that entrances
All life in its delirium of dances!
The white world glitters in the void, and swims
Through the infinite seas of transcendental trances.
Yea! all the hoarded seed of all my fancies
Bursts in a shower of suns! The wine-cup brims

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