Mortal distrust of mortal happiness
Is born of madness and of impotence;
A miserable and distorted sense,
Defiant in its hatred of success.

Aleister Crowley, “The Pessimist’s Progress” from The Temple of The Holy Ghost

Hermetic quote Crowley Pessimists Progress Temple Holy Ghost mortal distrust happiness born madness impotence miserable distorted sense defiant hatred success