Representative government cannot express the will of the mass of the people, because there is no mass of the people; The People is a fiction, like The State. You cannot get a Will of the Mass, even among a dozen persons who all want to go on a picnic. The only human mass with a common will is a mob, and that will is a temporary insanity. In actual fact, the population of a country is a multitude of diverse human beings with an infinite variety of purposes and desires and fluctuating wills.
Rose Wilder Lane (via unfashionablehumanism)
Let us tread upon this path to this supreme Godhead practically and step by step, beginning from the lowest sphere, to arrive at the true realization of God in ourselves. Let us praise the happy man who will reach this still in his earthly existence. Us banish fear of the pains, for all of us will reach this goal.
Franz Bardon, “Initiation into Hermetics” (via quotations-on-high-magick)
Now let us regard the idea of God from the magic standpoint, according to the four elements, the so-called tetragrammaton, the unspeakable, the supreme: the fiery principle involves the almightiness and the omnipotence, the airy principle owns the
wisdom, purity and clarity, from which aspect proceeds the universal lawfulness. Love and eternal life are attributed to the watery principle, and omnipresence, immortality and consequently eternity belong to the earth principle. These four aspects together represent the supreme Godhead.
Franz Bardon, “Initiation into Hermetics” (via quotations-on-high-magick)

It is a sacred duty to keep the
balance everywhere. There are three kinds of asceticism:

(1) intellectual or mental asceticism,
(2) psychic or astral asceticism,
(3) physical or material asceticism.

The first kind has to do with the discipline of thoughts, the second kind is engaged in ennobling the soul through control of passions and instincts, and the third kind is concerned with harmonizing the body through a moderate and natural way of life.
Without these three kinds of asceticism, which must be developed at the same tie and parallel to each other, a correct magical rise is unthinkable. To avoid any one-sided development, none of the three kinds may be neglected, and none of them may
prevail.

Franz Bardon, “Initiation into Hermetics” (via quotations-on-high-magick)
He who is going to be a magician will recognize that life is dependent on the work of the elements in the various planes and spheres. It is to be seen in great and in small things, in the microcosm as well as in the macrocosm, temporarily and eternally,
everywhere there are powers in action.
Franz Bardon, “Initiation into Hermetics” (via quotations-on-high-magick)
Whoever is willing to enter the magic path should regard it as his sacred duty to practice regular exercises. He ought to be kind, generous and tolerant with his fellow men, but relentless and hard with himself. Only such behavior will be followed by success in magic.
Franz Bardon, “Initiation into Hermetics” (via quotations-on-high-magick)
It is not advisable to hasten development, because everything needs time. Patience, perseverance and tenacity are fundamental conditions of the development. The pains taken in one’s development will be amply rewarded.
Franz Bardon, “Initiation into Hermetics” (via quotations-on-high-magick)
Performing magic has a lot to do with the arrangement of apparent coincidences and providing pathways along which desires can travel, or, to put it in more basic terms, there’s little point in sigilizing for a lottery win if you don’t also buy a lottery ticket.
Grant Morrison (via quotations-on-high-magick)
In this book it is spoken of the sephiroth and the paths, of spirits and conjurations, of gods,
spheres, and planes and many other things which may or may not exist. It is immaterial whether
they exist or not. By doing certain things, certain results follow; students are most earnestly
warned against attributing objective reality or philosophical validity to any of them.
Aleister Crowley (via quotations-on-high-magick)