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When the rose and the cross are united the alchemical marriage is complete and the drama ends. Then we wake from history and enter eternity.
Humans live through their myths and only endure their realities.
He had an ego so large that only by contemplating the mathematical definition of infinity could anything so limitless be imagined.
Beyond a certain point, the whole universe becomes a continuous process of initiation.
We live in our fantasies and endure our realities.
This special green is the result of high copper concentration in the soil.
The border between the Real and the Unreal is not fixed, but just marks the last place where rival gangs of shamans fought each other to a standstill.
A monopoly on the means of communication may define a ruling elite more precisely than the celebrated Marxian formula of monopoly in the means of production.
Nothing in this book is an attempt to prevent the really resolute misery addicts from continuing their pursuit of frustration and failure.
I regard morality and ideology as the chief cause of human misery.
You are precisely as big as what you love and precisely as small as what you allow to annoy you.
The function of Theology? The recitation of the incomprehensible by the unspeakable to pick the pockets of the unthinking.
If it were Hegel, I might suspect it means nothing. But Goethe means something, always.
All phenomena are real in some sense, unreal in some sense, meaningless in some sense, real and meaningless in some sense, unreal and meaningless in some sense, and real and unreal and meaningless in some sense.
Pregnancy is a kind of miracle. Especially so in that it proves that a man and woman can conspire to force God to create a new soul.
Ego is a social fiction for which one person at a time gets all the blame.
If one can only see things according to one's own belief system, one is destined to become virtually deaf, dumb, and blind.
Every war results from the struggle for markets and spheres of influence, and every war is sold to the public by professional liars and totally sincere religious maniacs, as a Holy Crusade to save God and Goodness from Satan and Evil.
The totally convinced and the totally stupid have too much in common for the resemblance to be accidental.
Of course I'm crazy, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong.
Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt... Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves.
An optimistic mind-set finds dozens of possible solutions for every problem that the pessimist regards as incurable.
Certitude belongs exclusively to those who only own one encyclopedia.
There is one universal sex law: Sex shall not be unregulated.
On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.
Animals outline their territories with their excretions, humans outline their territories by ink excretions on paper.
Most people live in a myth and grow violently angry if anyone dares to tell them the truth about themselves.
Groups are grammatical fictions; only individuals exist, and each individual is different.
My goal is to try to get people into a state of generalized agnosticism, not about God alone, but agnosticism about everything.
Philadelphia merely seems dull because it's next to exciting Camden, New Jersey.
History, sociology, economics, psychology et al. confirmed Joyce's view of Everyman as victim.
The secret to my success has been optimism tempered by anger.
Nobody sees the obvious, nobody observes the ordinary. There are more miracles in a square yard of earth than in all the fables of the Church.
It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.
Size is not a reality, but a construct of the mind; and space a construct to contain constructs.
I look forward without dogmatic optimism but without dread.
Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen. The majority of them weren't even mammals.
There are gods, but there is no God; and all gods become devils eventually.
The abandoned infant's cry is rage, not fear.
You know, I have found a new way to get high and stay spaced out for hours on end, and the government can't stop me... It's called senility.
The Right's view of government and the Left's view of big business are both correct.
An Enlightened Master is ideal only if your goal is to become a Benighted Slave.
I think I got off on the wrong planet. Beam me up Scotty, there's no rational life here.
Once something becomes discernible, or understandable, we no longer need to repeat it. We can destroy it.
The web of life is a beautiful and meaningless dance. The web of life is a process with a moving goal. The web of life is a perfectly finished work of art right where I am sitting now.
Nothing of any importance can be taught. It can only be learned, and with blood and sweat.
In conlusion, there is no conclusion. Things will go on as they always have, getting weirder all the time.
I'm not an anarchist any longer, because I've concluded that anarchism is an impractical ideal.
The average is that which no person quite ever is.
The path up is the path down. The way forward is the way back. The universe inside is outside but the universe outside is inside.
It's only possible to see people when one is able to see the world as others see it.
Everyone look around and see if you can spot the NARCS. They're the ones who look like hippies.
Consciousness itself is an infinite regress. This explains coincidences.
The Grail is the womb of the beloved.
The longer one is alone, the easier it is to hear the song of the earth.
I have never experienced another human being. I have experienced my impressions of them.
Cynics regard everybody as equally corrupt... idealists regard everybody equally corrupt, except themselves.
I will do anything, including highway robbery and murder, to avoid leaving my children in poverty.
I read everything, including the labels on canned food. I'm a hopeless print addict, a condition alleviated only by daily meditation which breaks the linear-Aristotelian trance. National Lampoon, Scientific American are what I read most obsessively.
The things that hinder me are opportunities to learn more and develop further.
I'm the kind of anarchist whose chief objection to the State is that it kills so many people. Government is the epitome of the deathist philosophy I reject.
There's a seeker born every minute.
Masturbation is not the happiest form of sexuality, but the most advisable for him who wants to be alone and think.
The Constitution admittedly has a few defects and blemishes, but it still seems a hell of a lot better than the system we have now.
Try living forever with the metaprogram, 'Everything works out more perfectly than I plan it.
Ye have locked yerselves up in cages of fear and, behold, do ye now complain that ye lack FREEDOM!
... I have developed, over the years, some sense of the difference between real horseshit that you can step in and Ideal Platonic Horseshit that exists, evidently, only in the contemplation of those who worship such abstractions; and I continue to notice that Natural Law bears an uncanny resemblance to ideal Platonic Horseshit.
Whatever the Thinker thinks, the Prover will prove. And if the Thinker thinks passionately enough, the Prover will prove the thought so conclusively that you will never talk a person out of such a belief, even if it is something as remarkable as the notion that there is a gaseous vertebrate of astronomical heft (" GOD ") who will spend all eternity torturing people who do not believe in his religion.
Whenever people are certain they understand our peculiar situation here on this planet, it is because they have accepted a religious Faith or a secular Ideology (Ideologies are the modern form of Faiths) and just stopped thinking.
There is no complete theory of anything.
The ultimate weapon isn't this plague out in Vegas, or any new super H-bomb. The ultimate weapon has always existed. Every man, every woman, and every child owns it. It's the ability to say No and take the consequences.
All that we "know" is what registers on our brains, so what you perceive (your individual reality-tunnel) is made up of nothing but thoughts—as Sir Humphrey Davy noted when self-experimenting with nitrous oxide in 1819, and as Buddha noticed by sitting alone until all his social imprints atrophied and dropped away.
You're only infallible about your own nervous system. You know what's going on in your own nervous system, whatever realities you're creating out of the infinite flux of being. You don't know anything about anybody else's reality unless they tell you about it. You gotta listen very sympathetically in order to understand them. So it's a limited infallibility.
The most important truths always appear first as blasphemies or obscenities. That's why every great innovator is persecuted. And the sacraments look obscene, too, to an outsider. The eucharist is just sublimated cannibalism, to the unawakened. When the Pope kisses the feet of the laity, he looks like an old toe-queen to some people. The rites of Pan look like a suburban orgy.
Mystics are all a bit funny in the head anyway," the priest added cynically, "which is why the church locks them all up in mental hospitals and euphemistically calls these institutions monasteries.