111+ Best Aleister Crowley Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Aleister Crowley was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He founded the religion of Thelema, identifying himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Æon of Horus in the early 20th century. Profoundly inspirational Aleister Crowley quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

Famous Aleister Crowley Quotes

The Devil’ is, historically, the God of any people that one personally dislikes 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. He is ‘The Devil’ of the Book of Thoth, and His emblem is BAPHOMET, the Androgyne who is the hieroglyph of arcane perfection… He is therefore Life, and Love. – Aleister Crowley

The customer is usually wrong, but statistics indicate that it doesn’t pay to tell him so – Aleister Crowley

Don’t talk for five minutes, there’s a good chap! I’ve a strange feeling come over me–almost as if I were going to think! – Aleister Crowley

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. – Aleister Crowley

This formula of Love is universal; all the laws of Nature are its servitors. Thus, gravitation, chemical affinity, electrical potential, and the rest – and these are alike mere aspects of the general law – are so many differently observed statements of the unique tendency. – Aleister Crowley

Love is the only principle which makes life tolerable. – Aleister Crowley

For I am divided for love’s sake, for the chance of union. – Aleister Crowley

Chinese civilization is so systematic that wild animals have been abolished on principle. – 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

The old spelling MAGICK has been adopted throughout in order to distinguish the Science of the Magi from all its counterfeits. – Aleister Crowley

There is no grace: there is no guilt: This is the Law: DO WHAT THOU WILT! – Aleister Crowley

Love is a virtue; it grows stronger and purer and less selfish by applying it to what it loathes; but theft is a vice involving the slave-idea that one’s neighbor is superior to oneself. – Aleister Crowley

To the eyes of a god, mankind must appear as a species of bacteria which multiply and become progressively virulent whenever they find themselves in a congenial culture, and whose activity diminishes until they disappear completely as soon as proper measures are taken to sterilize them. – Aleister Crowley

Roughly speaking, any man with energy and enthusiasm ought to be able to bring at least a dozen others round to his opinion in the course of a year no matter how absurd that opinion might be. We see every day in politics, in business, in social life, large masses of people brought to embrace the most revolutionary ideas, sometimes within a few days. It is all a question of getting hold of them in the right way and working on their weak points. – Aleister Crowley

Acts which are essentially dishonorable must not be done; they would be justified only by calm contemplation of their correctness in abstract cases. – 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

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

There is a splendor in my name hidden and glorious, as the sun of midnight is ever the son. – Aleister Crowley

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

The nails from a suicide’s coffin, and the skull of the parricide, were of course no trouble; for Vesquit never traveled without these household requisites. – Aleister Crowley

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

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. – Aleister Crowley

Your kiss is bitter with cocaine. – Aleister Crowley

My observation of the Universe convinces me that there are beings of intelligence and power of a far higher quality than anything we can conceive of as human; that they are not necessarily based on the cerebral and nervous structures that we know, and that the one and only chance for mankind to advance as a whole is for individuals to make contact with such beings. – 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

We place no reliance On virgin or pigeon; Our Method is Science, Our Aim is Religion. – Aleister Crowley

You must on no account attempt to use the squares given in the Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage until you have succeeded in the Operation. More, unless you mean to perform it, and are prepared to go to any length to do so, you are a fool to have the book in your possession at all. Those squares are liable to get loose and do things on their own initiative; and you won’t like it. – Aleister Crowley

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

Balance every thought with its opposition. Because the marriage of them is the destruction of illusion. – Aleister Crowley

I believe in one secret and ineffable Lord; and in one Star in the Company of Stars of whose fire we are created, and to which we shall return; and in one Father of Life, Mystery of Mystery, in His name Chaos, the sole viceregent of the Sun upon the Earth; and in one Air the nourisher of all that breathes. And I believe in one Earth, the Mother of us all, and in one Womb wherein all men are begotten, and wherein they shall rest, Mystery of Mystery, in Her name Babalon. – Aleister Crowley

Inevitably anyone with an independent mind must become ‘one who resists or opposes authority or established conventions’: a rebel. If enough people come to agree with, and follow, the Rebel, we now have a Devil. Until, of course, still more people agree. And then, finally, we have — Greatness. – Aleister Crowley

Here again, there is no tabulation; for us it is left to sacrifice literary charm, and even some accuracy, in order to bring out the one great point. The cause of human sectarianism is not lack of sympathy in thought, but in speech; and this it is our not unambitious design to remedy. – Aleister Crowley

The essence of independence has been to think and act according to standards from within, not without. – Aleister Crowley

Adaptation to one’s environment makes for a sort of survival; but after all, the supreme victory is only won by those who prove themselves of so much hardier stuff than the rest that no power on earth is able to destroy them. The people who have really made history are the martyrs. – Aleister Crowley

A burnt child dreads the fire. – Aleister Crowley

The Way of Mastery is to break all the rules, but you have to know them perfectly before you can do this; otherwise you are not in a position to transcend them. – Aleister Crowley

To knot a sentence up properly, it has to be thought out carefully, and revised. New phrases have to be put in; sudden changes of subject must be introduced; verbs must be shifted to unsuspected localities; short words must be excised with ruthless hand; archaisms must be sprinkled like sugar-plums upon the concoction; the fatal human tendency to say things straightforwardly must be detected and defeated by adroit reversals; and, if a glimmer of meaning yet remain under close scrutiny, it must be removed by replacing all the principal verbs by paraphrases in some dead language. – Aleister Crowley

Morality can muddle mystical understanding and virtue is only necessary in so far as it favors success. All wisdom must be encompassed in order to achieve enlightenment. – Aleister Crowley

To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind; or, if not, should never be published at all. A message from the gods should be delivered at once. It is damnably blasphemous to talk about the autumn season and so on. How dare the author or publisher demand a price for doing his duty, the highest and most honorable to which a man can be called? – Aleister Crowley

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

If Will stops and cries Why, invoking Because, then Will stops an does naught. 31. If power asks why, then power is weakness. – Aleister Crowley

A madhouse of frenzied moneymaking and frenzied pleasure-seeking, with none of the corners chipped off. It is beautifully situated and the air reminds one curiously of Edinburgh. – Aleister Crowley

We can no longer assert any single proposition, unless we guard ourselves by enumerating countless conditions which must be assumed. – Aleister Crowley

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

The man who denounces life merely defines himself as the man who is unequal to it. – Aleister Crowley

Religion itself becomes offensively monotonous. On every point of vantage are pagodas — stupid stalagmites of stagnant piety. – Aleister Crowley

The Quest of the Holy Grail, the Search for the Stone of the Philosophers-by whatever name we choose to call the Great Work-is therefore endless. Success only opens up new avenues of brilliant possibility. – Aleister Crowley

Sanity is a compromise. – Aleister Crowley

I believe in one Gnostic and Catholic Church of Light, Life, Love and Liberty, the Word of whose Law is THELEMA. – Aleister Crowley

I must make MAGICK the essential factor in the life of ALL. In presenting this book to the world, I must then explain and justify my position by formulating a definition of MAGICK and setting forth its main principles in such a way that ALL may understand instantly that their souls, their lives, in every relation with every other human being and every circumstance, depend upon MAGICK and the right comprehension and right application thereof. – Aleister Crowley

All phenomena of which we are aware take place in our own minds, and therefore the only thing we have to look at is the mind, which is a more constant quantity over all the species of humanity than is generally supposed. – Aleister Crowley

As soon as you put men together, they somehow sink, corporatively, below the level of the worst of the individuals composing it. Collect scholars on a club committee, or men of science on a jury; all their virtues vanish, and their vices pop out, reinforced by the self-confidence which the power of numbers is bound to bestow. – 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

I’m a poet, and I like my lies the way my mother used to make them. – Aleister Crowley

All questions of the Law are to be decided only by appeal to my writings, each for himself – Aleister Crowley

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. – Aleister Crowley

Since all things are God, in all things thou seest just so much of God as thy capacity affordeth thee. – Aleister Crowley

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

Toronto as a city carries out the idea of Canada as a country. It is a calculated crime against the aspirations of the soul and the affection of the heart. – Aleister Crowley

Fortunately we have learnt to combine these ideas, not in the mutual toleration of sub-contraries, but in the affirmation of contraries, that transcending of the laws of intellect which is madness in the ordinary man, genius in the Overman who hath arrived to strike off more fetters from our understanding. – 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

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

How right politicians are to look upon their constituents as cattle! Anyone who has any experience of dealing with any class as such knows the futility of appealing to intelligence, indeed to any other qualities than those of brutes. – Aleister Crowley

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

He shall fall down into a pit called Because, and there he shall perish with the dogs of reason. – Aleister Crowley

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. – Aleister Crowley

Initiation means the Journey Inwards: nothing is changed or can be changed; but all is trulier understood with every step. – Aleister Crowley

I am the blue-lidded daughter of Sunset; I am the naked brilliance of the voluptuous night-sky. – Aleister Crowley

It would be unwise to condemn as irrational the practice of devouring the heart and liver of an adversary while yet warm. For the highest spiritual working one must choose that victim which contains the greatest and purest force; a male child of perfect innocence and high intelligence is the most satisfactory. – Aleister Crowley

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. – Aleister Crowley

The average man cannot believe that an artist may be as serious and high minded an observer of life as the professed man of science. – Aleister Crowley

The most delicious sensation of all is the re-birth of healthy human love. Spring coming back to Earth! – Aleister Crowley

By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe. – Aleister Crowley

But neither Europe nor Africa can show any such desolation as America. The proudest, stubbornest, bitterest peasant of deserted Spain, the most primitive and superstitious Arab of the remotest oases, are a little more than kin and never less than kind at their worst; whereas in the United States one is almost always conscious of an instinctive lack of sympathy and understanding with even the most charming and cultured people. – Aleister Crowley

Happiness lies within one’s self, and the way to dig it out is cocaine. – Aleister Crowley

To me, every dirty act was simply a sacrament of sin, a passionately religious protest against Christianity, which was for me the symbol of all vileness, meanness, treachery, falsehood and oppression. – Aleister Crowley

Ever man is eternally alone. But when you get mixed up with a fairly decent crowd, you forget that appalling fact for long enough to give your brain time to recover from the acute symptoms of its disease – that of thinking. – Aleister Crowley

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

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, ‘Garcon! Un Pernod!’ – Aleister Crowley

I can imagine myself on my deathbed, spent utterly with lust to touch the next world, like a boy asking for his first kiss from a woman. – Aleister Crowley

The True Will is thus both determined by its equations, and free because those equation are simply its own name, spelt out fully. – Aleister Crowley

The first task of the Magician in every ceremony is therefore to render his Circle absolutely impregnable. – Aleister Crowley

Alas the Master; so, he sinks in death. But whoso knows the mystery of man Sees life and death as curves of the same plan – Aleister Crowley

In the absence of willpower, the most complete collection of virtues and talents is wholly worthless. – Aleister Crowley

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

Anything which throws light upon the Universe, anything which reveals us to ourselves, should be welcome in this world of riddles. – Aleister Crowley

Everyone 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. – Aleister Crowley

I hardly ever talk- words seem such a waste, and they are none of them true. No one has yet invented a language from my point of view. – Aleister Crowley

This complaining rambling rubbish is the substitute which has taken the place of love. – Aleister Crowley

The sot drinks, and is drunken: the coward drinks not, and shivers: the wise man, brave and free, drinks, and gives glory to the Most High God. – Aleister Crowley

To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter. – Aleister Crowley

Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people. – Aleister Crowley

I admit that my visions can never mean to other men as much as they do to me. I do not regret this. All I ask is that my results should convince seekers after truth that there is beyond doubt something worthwhile seeking, attainable by methods more or less like mine. 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. – Aleister Crowley

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

To use legal or financial constraint to compel either abstention or submission, is entirely horrible, unnatural and absurd. – Aleister Crowley

The word of Sin is Restriction – Aleister Crowley

I am alone. There is no God where I am. – Aleister Crowley

Having to talk destroys the symphony of silence. – Aleister Crowley

The greatest, like Rembrandt, paint a gallant, a hag, and a carcass with equal passion and rapture; they love the truth as it is. They do not admit that anything can be ugly or evil; its existence justifies itself. This is because they know themselves to be part of an harmonious unity; to disdain any item of it would be to blaspheme the whole. The Thelemite is able to revel in any experience so ever; in each he recognizes the tokens of ultimate Truth. It is surely obvious, even intellectually, that all phenomena are interdependent, and therefore involve each other. – Aleister Crowley

The best models of English writing are Shakespeare and the Old Testament. – Aleister Crowley

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

Intolerance is evidence of impotence. – Aleister Crowley

Oh, how superior is the Eye of Horus to the Mouth of Isis! – Aleister Crowley

The few love affairs which had come my way had been rather silly and sordid. They had not revealed the possibilities of love; in fact I had thought it a somewhat overrated pleasure, a brief and brutal blindness with boredom and disgust hard on its heels. – Aleister Crowley

If you examine the highest poetry in the light of common sense, you can only say that it is rubbish; and in actual fact you cannot so examine it at all, because there is something in poetry which is not in the words themselves, which is not in the images suggested by the words ‘O windy star blown sideways up the sky!’ True poetry is itself a magic spell which is a key to the ineffable. – Aleister Crowley

Must not understanding lie open unto wisdom as the pyramids lie open to the stars? (6:2) – Aleister Crowley

The key of joy is disobedience. – Aleister Crowley

There are hardly half a dozen writers in England today who have not sold out to the enemy. Even when their good work has been a success, Mammon grips them and whispers: More money for more work. – Aleister Crowley

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. – 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

One must find out for oneself, and make sure beyond doubt, ‘who’ one is, ‘what’ one is, ‘why’ one is Being thus conscious of the proper course to pursue, the next thing is to understand the conditions necessary to following it out. After that, one must eliminate from oneself every element alien or hostile to success and develop those parts of oneself which are specially needed to control the aforesaid conditions. – Aleister Crowley

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