Diary of a Drug Fiend Quotes

Rate this book
Clear rating
Diary of a Drug Fiend Diary of a Drug Fiend by Aleister Crowley
2,103 ratings, 3.81 average rating, 98 reviews
Open Preview
Diary of a Drug Fiend Quotes (showing 1-30 of 30)
“Having to talk destroys the symphony of silence.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“Every one 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, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“People think that talking is a sign of thinking. It isn't, for the most part' on the contrary, it's a mechanical dodge of the body to relieve oneself of the strain of thinking, just as exercising the muscles helps the body to become temporarily unconscious of its weight, its pain, its weariness, and the foreknowledge of its doom.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“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, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“I've written this to keep from crying. But I am crying, only the tears won't come.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“I've often thought that there isn't any "I" at all; that we are simply the means of expression of something else; that when we think we are ourselves, we are simply the victims of a delusion.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“Your kiss is bitter with cocaine.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“Happiness lies within one's self, and the way to dig it out is cocaine.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“We must conquer life by living it to the full, and then we can go to meet death with a certain prestige.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“The most delicious sensation of all is the re-birth of healthy human love. Spring coming back to Earth!”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“This complaining rambling rubbish is the substitute which has taken the place of love.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“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, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“Of course," agreed Basil, "if you read it carelessly, and act on it rashly, with the blind faith of a fanatic; it might very well lead to trouble. But nature is full of devices for eliminating anything that cannot master its environment. The words 'to worship me' are all-important. The only excuse for using a drug of any sort, whether it's quinine or Epsom-salt, is to assist nature to overcome some obstacle to her proper functions. The danger of the so-called habit-forming drugs is that they fool you into trying to dodge the toil essential to spiritual and intellectual development. But they are not simply man-traps. There is nothing in nature which cannot be used for our benefit, and it is up to us to use it wisely. Now, in the work you have been doing in the last week, heroin might have helped you to concentrate your mind, and cocaine to overcome the effects of fatigue. And the reason you did not use them was that a burnt child dreads fire. We had the same trouble with teaching Hermes and Dionysus to swim. They found themselves in danger of being drowned and thought the best way was to avoid going near the water. But that didn't help them to use their natural faculties to the best advantage, so I made them confront the sea again and again, until they decided that the best way to avoid drowning was to learn how to deal with oceans in every detail. It sounds pretty obvious when you put it like that, yet while every one agrees with me about the swimming, I am howled down on all sides when I apply the same principles to the use of drugs.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“I do not think we were afraid of death; life had become such an infinitely boring alternation between a period of stimulation which failed to stimulate and of depression which hardly even depressed.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“Light illuminates the path of humanity: it is our own fault if we go over the brink.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“The increase of knowledge has forced
the thinker to specialise, with the result that there is nobody capable to deal with civilisation as a whole. We are playing a game of chess in which nobody can see more than two or three squares at once, and so it has become impossible to form a coherent plan.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“Stab your demoniac smile to my brain,
Soak me in cognac, love, and cocaine”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“I saw at once the way to appeal to him.. 'Well, of course you know.' I said, 'in really smart circles one has to offer heroin and cocaine to people. It's only a passing fashion, of course, but while it's on, one's really out of it if one doesn't do the right thing.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“She it is, she, that found me
In the morphia honeymoon;
With silk and steel she bound me
In her poisonous milk she drowned me,
Even now her arms surround me”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
tags: drugs, love
“The Universe is the looking-glass of the soul.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“If I were a dog,' he said to me once, 'I should bark. If I were an owl, I should hoot. There's nothing in either which is good or bad in itself. The only question is, what is the natural gesture?' He thinks it his mission in the world to establish this Law of Thelema." She saw my puzzled look. " 'Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,'" she quoted merrily. "You must have heard those words before!”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“Половина всех наших бед происходит от того, что мы признаем, что они есть, поэтому если мы забудем про их существование, то они и в самом деле прекратят существование.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“Until you've got your mouth full of cocaine, you don't know what kissing is. One kiss goes on from phase to phase like one of those novels by Balzac and Zola and Romain Rolland and D. H. Lawrence and those chaps. And you never get tire. You're on fourth speed all the time, and the engine purrs like a kitten, a big white kitten with the stars in its whiskers.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“It is a sort of sinister warning that there is some person or some thing in the Universe outside oneself: and the realisation of that is as frankly frightening as the other realisation, that one is eternally alone, is horrible.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“When we've all finished talking, there's something that never utters a word, but goes right down through the earth, plumb to the centre.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“I, too, was walking on air. Lou turned, her mouth a scarlet orb, as I have seen the sunset over Belgium, over the crinked line of shore, over the dim blue mystic curve of sea and sky; with the thought in my mind beating in tune with my excited heart. We didn't miss the arsenal this time. I was the arsenal too. I had exploded. I was the slayer and the slain! And there sailed Lou across the sky to meet me.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“I seem to remember asking myself if I was insane, and answering, ''Of couse I am - sanity is a compromise. Sanity is the thing that keeps one back.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“...we have no right to decide off-hand that it is an unnatural pleasure to eat sawdust. A man might be constituted so that he liked it. And so long as his peculiarity doesn't damage or interfere with other people, there's no reason why he shouldn't be left alone.

But if it is the man's fixed belief that sawdust eating is essential to human happiness; if he attributes almost everything that happens either to the effects of eating it or not eating it; if he imagines that most of the people he meets are also sawdust-eaters, and above all, if he thinks that the salvation of the world depends entirely upon making laws to compel people to eat sawdust, whether they like it or not, then it is fair to say that his mind is unbalanced on the subject; and that, further, the practice itself, however innocent it may appear, is in that particular case perverse. Sanity consists in the proper equilibrium of ideas in general. That is the only sense in which it is true that genius is connected with insanity.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend
“...the true test of the perversity of a pleasure is that it occupies a disproportionate amount of the attention.”
Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend

All Quotes
Quotes By Aleister Crowley
Play The 'Guess That Quote' Game