115+ Best Timothy Leary Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Timothy Francis Leary was an American psychologist and writer known for his strong advocacy of psychedelic drugs. Profoundly inspirational Timothy Leary quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

Famous Timothy Leary Quotes

You can always pick up your needle and move to another groove. – Timothy Leary

Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top. – Timothy Leary

Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others. – Timothy Leary

Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities – the political, the religious, the educational authorities – who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing – forming in our minds – their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable open-mindedness, chaotic, confused vulnerability to inform yourself. – Timothy Leary

Prayer is ecstatic communication with your innernavigational computer. – Timothy Leary

Essentially, there’s a universe inside your brain. The number of connections possible inside your brain is limitless. And as people have learned to have more managerial and direct creative access to their brains, they have also developed matrices or networks of people that communicate electronically. There are direct brain/computer link-ups. You can just jack yourself in and pilot your brain around in cyberspace-electronic space. – Timothy Leary

LSD is a psychedelic drug which occasionally causes psychotic behavior in people who have NOT taken it. – Timothy Leary

I think that marijuana makes you stupid but sensual. I’ve watched many of my friends and loved ones become more erotic and dumber – just going around with a glazed expression on their faces from their last orgasms to the next – and found them really quite boring. – Timothy Leary

Living, dying, and thinking… they’re all team sports. – Timothy Leary

I declare that The Beatles are mutants. Prototypes of evolutionary agents sent by God, endowed with a mysterious power to create a new human species, a young race of laughing freemen. – Timothy Leary

The universe is an intelligence test. – Timothy Leary

Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time. – Timothy Leary

The brain is the key, the brain is the source, the brain is God. Everything that humans do is neuroecology. – Timothy Leary

When men set out to kill and bully, they dress up. Suit of armor. Combat boots. Uniform. – Timothy Leary

The program is a voyage chart, a series of signals, which, like the pilot’s radio, provides the basic orienting information required for the trip. – Timothy Leary

Don’t be intimidated by Caesar’s Hollywood fake versions of religiosity. If life has a meaning for you beyond the TV-studio game, you are religious! Spell it out! – Timothy Leary

Romantic poetry and fiction of the last 2000 years has blinded us to the fact that emotions are a low form of jungle consciousness. Emotional actions are the most contracted, dangerous form of fanatic stupor. – Timothy Leary

To the elitist hedonist, life is the avoidance of boredom and routine. – Timothy Leary

Give death a better name or die trying. – Timothy Leary

The PC is the LSD of the ’90s. – Timothy Leary

My advice to myself and to everyone else, particularly young people, is to turn on, tune in and drop out. – Timothy Leary

Half the things I’ve done are wrong, mistakes [unintelligible]. The moratorium on pot and LSD a year ago is ridiculous. I shouldn’t have done that. I make a blunder at least one out of two times I come to bat. – Timothy Leary

In a carefully prepared, loving LSD session, a woman will inevitably have several hundred orgasms. – Timothy Leary

Higher has always been the trajectory of intelligent evolution. – Timothy Leary

Followers do not like themselves, of course; that’s why they crawl. And masters have nothing but contempt for their subservants, which is why they impose such colorful embarrassments upon them. – Timothy Leary

Fundamentalist Christianity appeals to pre-civilized, prudish tribal people who are not ready for urban feudal pleasures. – Timothy Leary

Secrecy is the original sin. The fig leaf in the Garden of Eden. The basic crime against love. – Timothy Leary

At every level there are eight stages of intelligence. You have to turn your brain on to the circuits that are used at that level of intelligence. And there are ways to change the human brain to different stages. The things that change your brain are called ‘drugs’. – Timothy Leary

In the information age, you don’t teach philosophy as they did after feudalism. You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today he’d have a talk show. – Timothy Leary

Anything is possible after midnight. – Timothy Leary

I learned more about psychology in the five hours after taking these mushrooms than in the preceding 15 years of studying and doing research in psychology. – Timothy Leary

The mission of DNA is to evolve nervous systems able to escape from the doomed planet and contact manifestations of the same amino-acid seeding that have evolved in other solar systems. The mission is the message–to escape and come home. – Timothy Leary

I’d just like to see thinking come back in style. I haven’t heard a new idea in eight years. Let’s get ordinary people arguing and talking again. I want to trigger new circuits in their nervous systems. That’s the philosopher’s job and I am the most important philosopher at this time. – Timothy Leary

The general direction of evolution is to produce a serially imprinting, multibrained creature able to decipher its own program, create the technology to leave the planet and live in post-terrestrial mini-worlds, decode the aging sectors of the DNA code–thus assuring immortality, and act in harmony with stages of evolution to come. – Timothy Leary

At one point consciousness-altering devices like the microscope and telescope were criminalized for exactly the same reasons that psychedelic plants were banned in later years. They allow us to peer into bits and zones of Chaos. – Timothy Leary

By drop out, I mean to detach yourself from involvement in secular, external social games. – Timothy Leary

I am 100 percent in favor of the intelligent use of drugs, and 1,000 percent against the thoughtless use of them, whether caffeine or LSD. And drugs are not central to my life. – Timothy Leary

Nobody ever understands what a pioneer is doing. – Timothy Leary

We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. They are a hundred times better educated than their grandparents, and ten times more sophisticated. There has never been such an open-minded group. The problem is that no one is giving them anything fresh. They’ve got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go. – Timothy Leary

There’s one uneasy borderline between what is external and what is internal, and this borderline is defined exactly by the sense organs and the skin and the introduction of external things within my own body. Consciousness is altered by physical events and physical objects, which impinge upon my sense organs, or which I introduce into my body. Now the name traditionally given to external objects or processes which change you internally is sacrament. Sacraments are the visible and tangible techniques for bringing you close to your own divinity. – Timothy Leary

The brain is a robot-computer perfectly designed to fabricate any reality we program it to construct. – Timothy Leary

And a new philosophy emerged called quantum physics, which suggest that the individual’s function is to inform and be informed. You really exist only when you’re in a field sharing and exchanging information. You create the realities you inhabit. – Timothy Leary

We cannot study the brain, the instrument for fabricating the realities we inhabit, using the mental constructs of the past. – Timothy Leary

Grow within the flow. – Timothy Leary

Extraterrestrial intelligence could have sent DNA-seed packets out through space to plant life on hospitable planets such as earth. – Timothy Leary

I wanted to scientize myth and mythologize science. – Timothy Leary

Ritual is to the internal sciences what experiment is to the external sciences. – Timothy Leary

Information is Power. Think For Yourself. CAUTION: proper use of the brain is not endorsed by federal governments nor huge corporations involved in serious financial profit from a brainwashed and enslaved population. Mild discomfort may occur as confusing independent thought challenges popular views of the world. – Timothy Leary

TURN ON. to contact the ancient energies and wisdoms that are built into your nervous system. They provide unspeakable pleasure and revelation. TUNE IN. to harness and communicate these new perspectives in a harmonious dance with the external world. DROP OUT. detach yourself from the tribal game. current models of social adjustement – mechanized, computerized, socialized, intellectualized, televised, sanforized – make no sense to the new LSD generation who see clearly that American society is becoming an air-conditioned anthill. – Timothy Leary

You are a powerful, unlimited and eternal soul who is here to enjoy the experience of creativity and contribute to humanity’s evolution. – Timothy Leary

People have to go out of their mind before they can come to their senses. – Timothy Leary

The aim of human life is to know thyself. Think for yourself. Question authority. Think with your friends. Create, create new realities. Philosophy is a team sport. Philosophy is the ultimate, the ultimate aphrodisiac pleasure. Learning how to operate your brain, learning how to operate your mind, learning how to redesign chaos – Timothy Leary

You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind. – Timothy Leary

The brain is not a blind, reactive machine, but a complex, sensitive biocomputer that we can program. And if we don’t take the responsibility for programming it, then it will be programmed unwittingly by accident or by the social environnement. – Timothy Leary

My favorite three words in the English language are: ’I don’t know’, because every time I say them, I learn something new. – Timothy Leary

There are no bad drugs. There’s simply stupid people who don’t know how to use them. – Timothy Leary

Almost everyone today is brain-damaged by our education which is designed to produce docile automatons. – Timothy Leary

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. – Timothy Leary

You cannot use butterfly language to communicate with caterpillars – Timothy Leary

Acid is not for every brain …. Only the healthy, happy, wholesome, handsome, hopeful, humorous, high-velocity should seek these experiences. This elitism is totally self-determined. Unless you are self-confident, self-directed, self-selected, please abstain. – Timothy Leary

The first narcotics bust in history is Jehovah busting Adam and Eve for eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. – Timothy Leary

Think for yourself and question authority. – Timothy Leary

Surfers are the ‘throw-aheads’ of mankind, not the dregs; they aren’t the black sheep of humanity, but the futurists and they are leading the way to where man ultimately wants to be. The act of the ride is the epitome of ‘be here now’, and the tube ride is the most acute form of that. Which is: your future is right ahead of you, the past is exploding behind you, your wake is disappearing, your footprints are washed from the sand. It’s a non-productive, non-depletive act that’s done purely for the value of the dance itself. And that is the destiny of man. – Timothy Leary

Psychedelic drugs cause paranoia, confusion, and total loss of reality in politicians that have never taken them. – Timothy Leary

All suffering is caused by being in the wrong place. If you’re unhappy where you are, MOVE. – Timothy Leary

The danger of psychedelic drugs, the danger of mind-opening, the danger of consciousness expansion, the danger of inner discovery is a danger to the establishment. – Timothy Leary

If you want to change the way people respond to you, change the way you respond to people. – Timothy Leary

Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others. – Timothy Leary

If you don’t like what you’re doing, you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove. – Timothy Leary

My advice to people today is as follows: if you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out. – Timothy Leary

I’ve left specific instructions that I do not want to be brought back during a Republican administration. – Timothy Leary

There are three side effects of acid: enhanced long-term memory, decreased short-term memory, and I forget the third. – Timothy Leary

If you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out – Timothy Leary

You are a God Act like one! – Timothy Leary

When you get the message, hang up the phone. – Timothy Leary

Tune in, turn on, and drop out. – Timothy Leary

Get stoned and abandon all constructive activity. – Timothy Leary

That intermediate manifestation of the divine process which we call the DNA code has spent the last 2 billion years making this planet a Garden of Eden. – Timothy Leary

Our assignment was to topple this prudish, judgmental civilization. And it worked. – Timothy Leary

LSD is known to induce psychosis, in people who have never used it. – Timothy Leary

The genetic stage of a gene pool can be identified by the personality characteristics of the local God. Jehovah of Genesis is a low-level barbarian macho punk God. He boastfully claims to have created the heaven and the stars and the world, but provides no technical details or replicable blueprints. His preoccupations, whims, anxieties, jealousies, rules and hatred of women are primitive mammalian brain. His petty prides are primate. – Timothy Leary

If you are serious about your religion, if you really wish to commit yourself to the spiritual quest, you must learn how to use psychochemicals. Drugs are the religion of the twenty-first century. Pursuing the religious life today without using psychedelic drugs is like studying astronomy with the naked eye because that’s how they did it in the first century A.D., and besides telescopes are unnatural. – Timothy Leary

One cannot understand the rhythms and meanings of the outer world until one has mastered the dialects of the body. – Timothy Leary

Seven million people I turned on, and only one hundred thousand have come by to thank me. – Timothy Leary

Recite to yourself some of the traditional attributes of the word ‘spiritual’: mythic, magical, ethereal, incorporeal, intangible, nonmaterial, disembodied, ideal, platonic. Is that not a definition of the electronic-digital? – Timothy Leary

A man without justice is a beast, and a man who would make himself a beast forgets the pain of being a man. – Timothy Leary

Drop out of the public schools. The public schools cannot be compromised with. – Timothy Leary

Science fictions are suppressed only when likely to contribute more knowledge and freedom than the defensive orthodoxies they challenge. – Timothy Leary

We live our lives from A-Z, but forget the other 24 letters in between. – Timothy Leary

Drugs Are the Religion of the People ? The Only Hope is Dope. – Timothy Leary

My historical reading of the situation is that these great monolithic empires developed, Rome, Turkey, and so forth, and they always break down when enough people, and it’s always the young, the creative, and minority groups drop out and go back to a tribal form. – Timothy Leary

After you turn on, don’t spend the rest of your life contemplating the inner wonders. Begin immediately expressing your revelation in acts of beauty. – Timothy Leary

Inner reality is certainly more important than the outer reality. – Timothy Leary

The neurogenetic meaning of the cultural revolution is now clear. Neurochemicals are designed to be pursuitist, not escapist. They open the nervous system to the possibilities of future post-terrestrial evolution. – Timothy Leary

Despite the campaign rhetoric, the bureaucracies-big business and big government-are here to stay. The centralization effort cannot be checked. but it can be rationally directed towards our species goal: Space Migration, which in turn offers the only way to re-attain individual freedom of space-time and the small-group social structures which obviously best suit our nervous systems. It is another paradox of neuro-genetics that only in space habitats can humanity return to the village life and pastoral style for which we all long. – Timothy Leary

I have always considered myself, when I learned what the word meant, I’ve always considered myself a Pagan. – Timothy Leary

The language of God is not English or Latin; the language of God is cellular and molecular. – Timothy Leary

What human beings consciously wish is often quite at variance with the results their reflex patterns automatically create for them. – Timothy Leary

Take responsibility for making your own life beautiful. – Timothy Leary

You simply cannot understand psychedelic drugs, which activate the brain, unless you understand something about computers. – Timothy Leary

When you teach someone how to perform creatively (ie, associate dead symbols in new combinations), you expand his potential for experiencing more widely and richly. – Timothy Leary

To use your head, you have to go out of your mind. – Timothy Leary

One cannot evolve from one’s robothood until one realizes how totally one has been robotized. – Timothy Leary

Actions which are conscious expressions of the turn-on, tune-in, drop-out rhythm are religious.The wise person devotes his life exclusively to the religious search – for therein is found the only ecstasy, the only meaning.Anything else is a competitive quarrel over (or Hollywood-love sharing of) studio props. – Timothy Leary

They’ve outlawed the number one vegetable on the planet. – Timothy Leary

Science is all metaphor. – Timothy Leary

If you listen to neurologists and psychiatrists, you’d never fall in love. – Timothy Leary

I despise followers of any kind, especially those who follow me. – Timothy Leary

If you want to move beyond hive-docility, you must become God the Moralist. – Timothy Leary

Remember also: beyond the restless flowing electricity of life is the ultimate reality- The Void. Your own awareness, not formed into anything possessing form or color, is naturally void. The Final Reality. The All Good. The All Peaceful. The light. The Radiance. The movement is the fire of life from which we all come. Join it. It is part of you. – Timothy Leary

Pursuing the religious life today without using psychedelics drugs is like studying astronomy with the naked eye because that’s how they did it in the first century A.D. – Timothy Leary

Everything we did in the 1960s was designed to fission, to weaken faith in and conformity to the 1950s social order. Our precise surgical target was the Judeo-Christian power monolith, which has imposed a guilty, inhibited, grim, anti-body, anti-life repression on Western civilization. – Timothy Leary

What do you think deja vu is for?”. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others… – Timothy Leary

Critics have told me I’ve ruined the lives of 50 million young people. I can’t be certain of this, since only about 10 million have ever come back to thank me. – Timothy Leary

The most important thing you do in your life is to die. – Timothy Leary

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