Timothy Leary Quotes

A psychedelic experience is a journey to new realms of consciousness.

Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.

Don’t take LSD unless you are very well prepared, unless you are specifically prepared to go out of your mind. Don’t take it unless you have someone that’s very experienced with you to guide you through it. And don’t take it unless you are ready to have your perspective on yourself and your life radically changed.

I am 100 percent in favor of the intelligent use of drugs, and 1,000 percent against the thoughtless use of them, whether caffeine or LSD. And drugs are not central to my life.

I declare that The Beatles are mutants. Prototypes of evolutionary agents sent by God, endowed with a mysterious power to create a new human species, a young race of laughing freemen.

I have always considered myself, when I learned what the word meant, I’ve always considered myself a Pagan.

If you don’t like what you’re doing, you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove.

If you want to change the way people respond to you, change the way you respond to people.

In the information age, you don’t teach philosophy as they did after feudalism. You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today he’d have a talk show.

It is my ambition to really liberate the world. Why not? Why settle for anything less? And I have a sense of humor about it. I know the odds are against me. But we only have a few years here. Let’s try to leave this, uh, spaceship a better place.

I’ve left specific instructions that I do not want to be brought back during a Republican administration.

Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time.

LSD is an extremely powerful, mind opening agent. We are now in the psycho, chemical age. In the future it’s not going to be what book you read, but what chemical do you use to open your mind to accelerate learning.

My advice to people today is as follows: if you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out.

Of course, the drug does not produce the transcendent experience. It merely acts as a chemical key — it opens the mind, frees the nervous system of its ordinary patterns and structures.

Science is all metaphor.

The language of God is not English or Latin; the language of God is cellular and molecular.

The only control is self-control.

The universe is an intelligence test.

There are three side effects of acid: enhanced long-term memory, decreased short-term memory, and I forget the third.

Think for yourself and question authority.

To describe externals, you become a scientist. To describe experience, you become an artist.

We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they’ve got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

You can always pick up your needle and move to another groove.

You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.