When I have been attacked, I have always looked at the matter impersonally. When I am publicly accused of stealing the towers of Notre Dame, I enjoy the joke thoroughly. I can’t believe that anything can hurt me. It would hurt my pride to admit it, I suppose. When a newspaper prints three columns, identifying me with Jack the Ripper, it never occurs to me that anyone in his senses would believe such rubbish. I imagine that my integrity is universally patient as sunrise; I can’t realize that I shall suffer in the estimation of anyone, or that (say) it will interfere with the sale of my books.
Aleister Crowley, The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, Chapter 43