Notorious occultist Aleister Crowley, and his thoughts on science, religion, and philosophy:
Intolerance is evidence of impotence.
On the bible:
If one were to take the bible seriously one would go mad. But to take the bible seriously, one must be already mad.
On faith and doubt:
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.
On living the ideal:
The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.
Roughly speaking, any man with energy and enthusiasm ought to be able to bring at least a dozen others round to his opinion in the course of a year no matter how absurd that opinion might be. We see every day in politics, in business, in social life, large masses of people brought to embrace the most revolutionary ideas, sometimes within a few days. It is all a question of getting hold of them in the right way and working on their weak points.
We place no reliance
On virgin or pigeon.
Our method is science,
Our aim is religion.