Selected Quotes

"The ultimate effect of shielding people against the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools."

-Herbert Spencer

"If you want to go on about satanism and suicide, you've got to go right across the board and pick on Shakespeare too. Romeo and Juliette was all about suicide. It didn't start with rock and roll. Why do they pick on us? You go into an art gallery and there's a picture of Satan, pictures of nude women . . .In my opinion, we've got just as much right to be artists as a guy who paints on a piece of canvas or writes a poem, play or movie script."

- Ozzy Osbourne, Guitar World Magazine, June '97

"Ritual Magik is a system of disciplines and exercises aimed at activating parts of the mind we might normally never use (about 85%). Through this system a better understanding of ourselves is attained. No true Ritual Magician has ever sacrificed a life, drank goat's blood, or taken part in any other stupid urban legend ritual. This sort of behavior is left to the psychotic, dogmatic, fundamentalist believers you see on your T.V. everyday letting off bombs and killing people in the name of God. Beliefs are dangerous. Beliefs allow the mind to stop functioning. A non-functioning mind is clinically dead. Believe in nothing..."

-taken from the inside cover sleeve of the TOOL album Aenima.
(If anyone knows where this came from originally, I would love to know.)

"Question with boldness even the existence of God; because if there be one, He must approve the homage of Reason rather than that of blindfolded Fear."

-Thomas Jefferson

"There is no reality except the one contained within us. Some people regard themselves as perfect, but only because they demand little of themselves."

-Herman Hesse

"There is no light without shadow and no psychic wholeness without imperfection."

-Carl Jung

"When all of your wishes are granted, many of your dreams will be destroyed"

-found in a fortune cookie by Marilyn Manson

"I pay very close attention to my dreams. It's a whole separate reality if you want it to be. Consider your time asleep, which is half of your life most of the time, to be what is real. When you are awake and in the so-called real world, that's just as much of a dream as you want it to be. It's all in your openness to perceive how things relate."

-Reverend Marilyn Manson

"I believe that when you give your imagination enough room to run wild, the border between what's real and what's not can be crossed and interchanged and swapped."

-Reverend Marilyn Manson

"Happiness is not a goal; it is a by product."

-Eleanor Roosevelt

"To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves."

-Virginia Woolf

"Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed."

-Abraham Lincoln

"Take seriously what others make fun of, and vice-versa."

-Anton Szandor LaVey

"I grew up feeling like I could never fit in no matter how hard I tried. One day I realized that I didn't want to fit in. I could make my own standards and I'd live by them. That's what I try to tell people. Don't be afraid to say what's on your mind, and if it pisses someone off that's too bad. If you make everybody happy, you're an idiot."

-Reverend Marilyn Manson

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