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

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  • ''The supreme satisfaction is to be able to despise one's neighbour 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 (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 3 (1929, rev. 1970).
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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).
  • ''It sometimes strikes me that the whole of science is a piece of impudence; that nature can afford to ignore our impertinent interference. If our monkey mischief should ever reach the point of blowing up the earth by decomposing an atom, and even annihilated the sun himself, I cannot really suppose that the universe would turn a hair.''
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 14 (1929, rev. 1970).
  • ''There is only one really safe, mild, harmless beverage and you can drink as much of that as you like without running the slightest risk, and what you say when you want it is, "Garçon! Un Pernod!"''
    Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 63 (1929, rev. 1970). Advice to his disciple Victor Neuburg in Paris.
  • ''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).

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The Twins

[Dedicated to Austin Osman Spare]


Have pity ! show no pity !
Those eyes that send such shivers
Into my brain and spine : oh let them
Flame like the ancient city
Swallowed up by the sulphurous rivers
When men let angels fret them !

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