Aleister Crowley
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"Aleister Crowley" was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poetry/poet, painting/painter, novelist, and mountaineering/mountaineer. He founded the religion and philosophy of Thelema, in which role he identified himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Aeon (Thelema)/├ćon of Horus in the early 20th century.

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If one were to take the bible seriously one would go mad. But to take the bible seriously, one must be already mad.

I was asked to memorise what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.

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.

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

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.

Intolerance is evidence of impotence.

Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.

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

Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.

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

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.