''Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.''
''Intolerance is evidence of impotence.''
''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.''
''Chinese civilisation is so systematic that wild animals have been abolished on principle.''
''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 ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript.''
''Part of the public horror of sexual irregularity so-called is due to the fact that everyone knows himself essentially guilty.''
''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.''
''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.''
''Religion itself becomes offensively monotonous. On every point of vantage are pagodas—stupid stalagmites of stagnant piety.''
''Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.''
''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 pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.''
''Indubitably, Magick is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts. There is more opportunity for errors of comprehension, judgement and practice than in any other branch of physics.''
''Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.''
''I can imagine myself on my death-bed, spent utterly with lust to touch the next world, like a boy asking for his first kiss from a woman.''
''Paganism is wholesome because it faces the facts of life.''
''I was asked to memorise what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.''
''The people who have really made history are the martyrs.''
''Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another.''
''I have never grown out of the infantile belief that the universe was made for me to suck.''