It is necessary that we stop, once for all, this ignorant meddling with other people's business. Each individual must be left free to follow his own path.

— Aleister Crowley

The most courageous Aleister Crowley quotes to get the best of your day

A man who is doing his True Will has the inertia of the Universe to assist him.


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.


The key of joy is disobedience.


Intolerance is evidence of impotence.


We must conquer life by living it to the full, and then we can go to meet death with a certain prestige.


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.


Sex is the sacred song of the soul; Sex is the sanctuary of Self.


Every one interprets everything in terms of his own experience.

If you say anything which does not touch a precisely similar spot in another man's brain, he either misunderstands you, or doesn't understand you at all.


There is a single main definition of the object of all magical Ritual.

It is the uniting of the Microcosm with the Macrocosm. The Supreme and Complete Ritual is therefore the Invocation of the Holy Guardian Angel; or, in the language of Mysticism, Union with God.


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.


Magick is the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with will.


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.


About Aleister Crowley

Quotes 187 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Critic
Birthday October 16

You can only accomplish your object in life by complete disregard of the opinions of other people.


I have been accused of being a ‘black magician.

’ No more foolish statement was ever made about me. I despise the thing to such an extent that I can hardly believe in the existence of people so debased and idiotic as to practice it.


There are no "standards of Right". Ethics is balderdash. Each Star must go on its own orbit. To hell with "moral principle"; there is no such thing.


What is necessary is not to seek after some fantastic ideal, utterly unsuited to our real needs, but to discover the true nature of those needs, to fulfill them, and rejoice therein.


To train the mind to move with the maximum speed and energy, with the utmost possible accuracy in the chosen direction, and with the minimum of disturbance or friction. That is Magick. To stop the mind altogether. That is Yoga.


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.


The sin which is unpardonable is knowingly and wilfully to reject truth, to fear knowledge lest that knowledge pander not to thy prejudices.


May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early!


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.


The Gods are but names for the forces of Nature themselves.


What is it in absinthe that makes it a separate cult? The effects of its abuse are totally distinct from those of other stimulants. Even in ruin and in degradation it remains a thing apart: its victims wear a ghastly aureole all their own, and in their peculiar hell yet gloat with a sinister perversion of pride that they are not as other men.


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


People think that talking is a sign of thinking.

It isn't, for the most part' on the contrary, it's a mechanical dodge of the body to relieve oneself of the strain of thinking, just as exercising the muscles helps the body to become temporarily unconscious of its weight, its pain, its weariness, and the foreknowledge of its doom.


Repeal all laws which assume that mankind is a herd of cattle


Love is the only principle which makes life tolerable.


I did not hate God or Christ, but merely the God and Christ of the people whom I hated.


Your friends will notice at once that glib vacuities fail to impress, and hate you, and tell lies about you. It's worth it.


This Universe is a wild revel of atoms, men, and stars, each one a Soul of Light and Mirth, horsed on Eternity.


I was asked to memorise what I did not understand;

and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.


This serpent, SATAN, is not the enemy of Man, but He who made Gods of our race, knowing Good and Evil; He bade 'Know Thyself!' and taught Initiation.


Light, Life and Love are like three glow-worms at thy feet: the whole universe of stars, the dewdrops on the grass whereon thou walkest!


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


Truth! Truth! Truth! crieth the Lord of the Abyss of Hallucinations


Happiness lies within one's self, and the way to dig it out is cocaine.


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.


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


One would go mad if one took the Bible seriously; but to take it seriously one must be already mad.


The Holy Guardian Angel is the spiritual Sun of the Soul of the Adept.


Those magicians who object to the use of blood, have endeavored to replace it with incense. But, the bloody sacrifice, though more dangerous, is more efficacious. And for nearly all purposes, human sacrifice is the best.


Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.


Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.


Crime, folly, sickness and all phenomena must be contemplated with complete freedom from fear aversion or shame. Otherwise we shall fail to see accurately, and interpret intelligently; in which case we shall be unable to outwit and outfight them.


I was not content to just believe in Satan. I wanted to be his chief or staff.


The 'lords of the earth' are those who are doing their Will.

It does not necessarily mean people with coronets and automobiles; there are plenty of such people who are the most sorrowful slaves in the world. The sole test of one's lordship is to know what one's true Will is, and to do it.


I do not want to father a flock, to be the fetish of fools and fanatics or the founder of a faith whose followers are content to echo my opinions. I want each man to cut his own way through the jungle.


The two seem, at first glance, to be opposed, but when you have advanced a little in both, you find that concentration learned in Yoga is of immense use in attaining the mental powers necessary in Magick; on the other hand, the discipline of Magick is of the greatest service in Yoga.


A single ego is an absurdly narrow vantage point from which to view the world.