Don't waste your time with people who will ultimately destroy you, but concentrate instead on those who will appreciate your responsibility to them, and, likewise, feel responsible to you.

— Anton Szandor LaVey

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If you're going to be a sinner, be the best sinner on the block.


Behold the crucifix; what does it symbolize? Pallid incompetence hanging on a tree.


Life is the great indulgence - death the great abstinence.

Therefore, make the most of life here and now!


There are many who would take my time.

I shun them. There are some who share my time. I am entertained by them.


There is no heaven of glory bright, and no hell where sinners roast.

Here and now is our day of torment! Here and now is our day of joy! Here and now is our opportunity! Choose ye this day, this hour, for no redeemer liveth!


To be loved, feelings must be rationed.

To love, the doors of hysteria, fantasy, and madness may be flung open.


I dont crave companionship. It stands in my way. I live for pleasure. There are few persons who can give me as much pleasure as those acts I perform myself. I would rather create pleasure according to my own whim than be subjected to the whims of others.


When walking in open territory, bother no one.

If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.


Many of you already read my writings indicating that TV is the new god.

There is a little thing I neglected to mention up until now, television is the major mainstream infiltration for the new satanic religion.


Yeah, well, I'm crazy, but I'm not stupid, hopefully.

And I think we're all a bit crazy if we do anything that's deviant. I've studied a great deal on deviance and aberrant behavior. Most of the interesting people I've ever met have been deviant in one form or another.


Since man's natural instincts lead him to sin, all men are sinners;

and all sinners go to hell. If everyone goes to hell, then you will meet all your friends there.


Satanism represents kindness to those who deserve it instead of love wasted on ingrates!


About Anton Szandor LaVey

Quotes 108 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

Don't let that little pyramid with the bright eye fool you.

That's to draw your attention away from the real thing: the big trapezoid beneath it.


Good news is only really good to those directly involved.

Most people lead such futile and useless lives that only bad news makes them feel better. If not better, certainly gooder. If one cannot gain recognition for anything else, he can rest well with the assurance that he is "good", which in most case equates with "right".


I break away from all conventions that do not lead to my earthly success and happiness.


Hair on a man's chest is thought to denote strength.

The gorilla is the most powerful of bipeds and has hair on every place on his body except for his chest.


Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as He has kept it in business all these years!


Blessed are the destroyers of false hope, for they are the true Messiahs - Cursed are the god-adorers, for they shall be shorn sheep!


Satanists are encouraged to indulge in the seven deadly sins, as they need hurt no one; they were only invented by the Christian Church to insure guilt on the part of its followers.


There is nothing inherently sacred about moral codes.

Like the wooden idols of long ago, they are the work of human hands, and what man has made, man can destroy!


The seven deadly sins of the Christian Church are: greed, pride, envy, anger, gluttony, lust, and sloth. Satanism advocates indulging in each of these "sins" as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification.


Do what you want as long as its paying off for you.

But once its become a liability, then something is wrong and you better find out what it is.


The ideal woman to me would be the gun-toting moll.

Someone who is true blue and ready to face the world. Open to ideas and suggestion, not stubborn and closed minded.


It’s too bad that stupidity isn’t painful.


The TV set, or Satanic family altar, has grown more elaborate since the early 50s, from the tiny, fuzzy screen to huge ‘entertainment centers’ covering entire walls with several TV monitors. What started as an innocent respite from everyday life has become in itself a replacement for real life for millions, a major religion of the masses.


How could you set yourself up as the most powerful institution on earth? You first find out what every man feels at least once a day, establish that as a sin, and set yourself up as the only institution capable of pardoning that sin.


Religions are easy to invent. Most traditional religions have little or nothing to do with reality, are dependent on obfuscation, interpretation, guilt, and unreasoning faith.


Most of the interesting people I've ever met have been deviant in one form or another.


Satanism encourages its followers to indulge in their natural desires.

Only by doing so can you be a completely satisfied person with no frustrations which can be harmful to yourself and others around you. Therefore, the most simplified description of the Satanic belief is: indulgence instead of abstinence.


Why should I not hate mine enemies―if I "love" them does that not place me at their mercy?


You cannot love everyone; it is ridiculous to think you can.


One of the keys to success is an unflinching belief that there are no rules.

Anyone who's ever succeeded has gone on that premise; not buying established procedures, business or otherwise. The naysayers are inevitably left behind amid shouts of 'it cannot be done' and "should not be done'."


Satanism is not a white light religion;

it is a religion of the flesh, the mundane, the carnal - all of which are ruled by Satan, the personification of the Left Hand Path.


When ghettos become the mainstream of society, islands of individuality cannot help but harbor an elite.


All we want, those few of us who have the strength to realize what's going on, is the freedom to create and entertain and share with each other, to preserve and cherish what we can while we can, and to build our own little citadels away from the insensitivity of the rest of the world.


My parents were lenient. My mother believed God was another word for nature. I took up Satanism not out of desperation, but out of logic. I rebelled, not but because of a religious or repressive childhood. I wanted to join the French Foreign Legion.


Satan represents indulgence, instead of abstinence! Satan represents vital existence, instead of spiritual pipe dreams! Satan represents undefiled wisdom, instead of hypocritical self-deceit! Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!


ALL religions of a spiritual nature are inventions of man.

He has created an entire system of gods with nothing more than his carnal brain. Just because he has an ego, and cannot accept it, he has to externalize it into some great spiritual device which he calls "God".


In this arid wilderness of steel and stone I raise up my voice that you may hear. To the East and to the West I beckon. To the North and to the South I show a sign proclaiming: Death to the weakling, wealth to the strong!


If a person wants to be hurt and enjoys suffering, then there is no reason not to indulge him in his wont.


But the average person doesnt have that much imagination.

They just want to be entertained. They want to have the tableau presented for them. They dont want to participate beyond a certain point. They want the safety of the herd, to be catered to, sit back and enjoy.


I have a passion for big cats, I like big snakes.

There is something about snakes that is so wise, they have this uncanny perfection. I'd like to get inside their reptilian heads.


Whatever alleged 'truth' is proven by results to be but an empty fiction, let it be unceremoniously flung into the outer darkness, among the dead gods, dead empires, dead philosophies, and other useless lumber and wreckage!


When other people ask me, 'What gives you the right to suggest standards for others?', my answer is, 'If I don't, someone else, perhaps less qualified, will.


I like raunchiness, not like in a biker-chick sort of a way, but like the girl can't help it. Little bruises, a few hairs out of place, a little stain here and there.


I knew then that the Christian church thrives on hypocrisy, and that man's carnal nature will out...


I don't drink much anymore, because it's supposedly not good for me.

I still have gallons of it around though. I smell the cork and do a lot of wishing.


I feel that what is probably the greatest enemy of longevity is popularity, and most people die of popularity.


Pride is great up to the point you begin to throw out the baby with the bathwater. The rule of Satanism is: if it works for you, great. When it stops working for you, when you've painted yourself into a corner and the only way out is to say, I'm sorry, I made a mistake, I wish we could compromise somehow, then do it.