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Ralph Waldo Emerson
American Critic, Poet, Lecturer
Wednesday 25 May 1803 - Thursday 27 April 1882
Henry David Thoreau
American Philosopher, Critic, Poet, Historian, Author
Saturday 12 July 1817 - Tuesday 6 May 1862
Friedrich Nietzsche
German Philosopher, Critic, Poet, Composer
Tuesday 15 October 1844 - Saturday 25 August 1900
William Shakespeare
English Writer, Poet, Dramatist, Playwright
Sunday 26 April 1564 - Saturday 23 April 1616
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
German Writer, Poet, Artist, Politician
Thursday 28 August 1749 - Thursday 22 March 1832
Oscar Wilde
Irish Writer, Poet, Dramatist, Playwright
Monday 16 October 1854 - Friday 30 November 1900
Samuel Johnson
English Critic, Poet, Author, Editor
Wednesday 18 September 1709 - Monday 13 December 1784
Victor Hugo
French Writer, Novelist, Poet, Author, Dramatist
Friday 26 February 1802 - Friday 22 May 1885
Samuel Butler
British Poet
Friday 4 December 1835 - Wednesday 18 June 1902
Sophocles
Greek Poet
496 B.C. - 406 B.C.
Ovidius
Roman Poet, Author
43 B.C. - 17 A.D.
George Santayana
Spanish Philosopher, Novelist, Poet
Wednesday 16 December 1863 - Friday 26 September 1952
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In the absence of willpower the most complete collection of virtues and talents is wholly worthless.

Aleister Crowley

Words: absence, willpower, complete, collection, virtues, talents, wholly, worthless
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I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.

Aleister Crowley

Words: slept, faith, found, corpse, arms, awakening, drank, danced, all, night, doubt, virgin, morning
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I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.

Aleister Crowley

Words: content, believe, personal, devil, serve, ordinary, sense, word, wanted, get, hold, personally, become, chief, staff
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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.

Aleister Crowley

Words: thou, wilt, whole, law
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I was asked to memorise what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.

Aleister Crowley

Words: asked, memorise, did, understand, memory, being, good, refused, insulted, manner
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I have never grown out of the infantile belief that the universe was made for me to suck.

Aleister Crowley

Words: never, grown, infantile, belief, universe, made, suck
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To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worth while. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.

Aleister Crowley

Words: read, newspaper, refrain, reading, something, worth, while, first, discipline, education, must, therefore, refuse, resolutely, feed, mind, canned, chatter
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Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another.

Aleister Crowley

Words: falsehood, invariably, child, fear, one, form, another
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If one were to take the bible seriously one would go mad. But to take the bible seriously, one must be already mad.

Aleister Crowley

Words: one, take, Bible, seriously, mad, must, already
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Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.

Aleister Crowley

Words: modern, morality, manners, suppress, all, natural, instincts, keep, people, ignorant, facts, nature, make, fighting, drunk, bogey, tales
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The pious pretense that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.

Aleister Crowley

Words: pious, pretense, evil, does, exist, makes, vague, enormous, menacing
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Intolerance is evidence of impotence.

Aleister Crowley

Words: intolerance, evidence, impotence
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Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.

Aleister Crowley

Words: ordinary, morality, people
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To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind; or, if not, should never be published at all.

Aleister Crowley

Words: book, message, gods, mankind, never, published, all
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Paganism is wholesome because it faces the facts of life.

Aleister Crowley

Words: paganism, wholesome, faces, facts, life
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I can imagine myself on my death-bed, spent utterly with lust to touch the next world, like a boy asking for his first kiss from a woman.

Aleister Crowley

Words: imagine, deathbed, spent, utterly, lust, touch, next, world, boy, asking, first, kiss, woman
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The supreme satisfaction is to be able to despise one's neighbor and this fact goes far to account for religious intolerance. It is evidently consoling to reflect that the people next door are headed for hell.

Aleister Crowley

Words: Supreme, satisfaction, able, despise, ones, neighbor, fact, goes, far, account, religious, intolerance, evidently, consoling, reflect, people, next, door, headed, hell
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Indubitably, magic is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts. There is more opportunity for errors of comprehension, judgment and practice than in any other branch of physics.

Aleister Crowley

Words: indubitably, magic, one, subtlest, difficult, sciences, arts, more, opportunity, errors, comprehension, judgment, practice, any, other, branch, physics
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The people who have really made history are the martyrs.

Aleister Crowley

Words: people, really, made, history, martyrs
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The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript.

Aleister Crowley

Words: ordinary, man, looking, mountain, illiterate, person, confronted, Greek, manuscript
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