This point being established, let me further make a distinction between the two great classes of sodomites. Ulrichs has pedantically christened them Urning and Uranodioning; for the former we have no colloquial name: the latter we term Bimetallist. Being himself an Urning, he has naturally failed to grasp the vast gap that divides the classes, which is that between an indulgence and a morbid craving; between the insane delusion that one is Jesus Christ or Julius Caesar and the sane and healthy resolve to emulate the exploits of these worthies in mysticism and war respectively. We pity the Urning, as we pity the consumptive or the drunkard; but we do not pity him in any special sense, any more than a connoisseur of fine wines pities the drunkard above all other pitiable folk. We do not acknowledge any nervous weakness as having a peculiar claim on us, just because it lies in the same plane as one of our hobbies.
Aleister Crowley, Bagh I Muattar, The Scented Garden of Abdullah the Satirist of Shiraz
We make no secret of our methods and results, on the other hand; but only the right man knows how to discover them.
Aleister Crowley, Moonchild, Chapter 8
This beautiful boy would be bound to return her love. Cosmos and creation would not make sense otherwise. Of course, you and I know that Cosmos and creation make no sense at all and never have. Poor Echo was about to discover the truth of this.
Stephen Fry, Mythos [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library]
Nightmares can be the truth. It wasn’t just villains who had to make the hard decisions.
Vernor Vinge, After the Battle on Starship Hill: Prologue to The Children of the Sky [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library]
“I am all goodness, love, truth, mercy, health. I am a necessary part of God’s universe. I am a divine soul, and only good can come through me or to me. God made me, and He could make nothing but goodness and purity and worth. I am the reflection of all His qualities.” This is the “new” religion; yet it is older than the universe. It is God’s own thought put into practical form.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox, The Heart of the New Thought [Amazon, Bookshop, Local Library]
3. The pain-bearing obstructions are — ignorance, egoism, attachment, aversion and clinging to life.
These are the five pains, the fivefold tie that binds us down, of which ignorance is the cause and the other four its effects. It is the only cause of all our misery. What else can make us miserable? The nature of the Soul is eternal bliss. What can make it sorrowful except ignorance, hallucination, delusion? All pain of the Soul is simply delusion.
Patanjali’s Yoga Aphorisms, Chapter II – Concentration: Its Practice (in Swami Vivekananda’s Raja Yoga)
Lo! were it otherwise, mere banishment,
I deem he had feared more! He had an heir.
This was a boy of strength with ardour blent,
High hope embowered in a body fair.
Him had he watched with eager eye, aware
Of misery occult in youth, awake
At the first touch of the diviner air
Of manhood, that could bane and blessing make,
The Lord of Life and Death, the secret of the Snake.
Aleister Crowley, Why Jesus Wept
Plenty of men—and women—have already gone where I’m going. But I’ll be the first person currently in this room to make the trip.
Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall, Night of the Living Trekkies [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library]
He’s a fanatic and you know it; he identifies so fully with his public image as a savior of lives that he’s simply had to make a psychological break with reality.
Philip K Dick, The Crack in Space [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher]
Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it.
Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience [Bookshop, Amazon]