Timothy Leary quotes

  • You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Change #Positive Thinking #Mind

  • Critics have told me I've ruined the lives of 50 million young people. I can't be certain of this, since only about 10 million have ever come back to thank me.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #People #Certain #Young

  • Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities, the political, the religious, the educational authorities who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing, forming in our minds their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable, open-mindedness; chaotic, confused, vulnerability to inform yourself.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Religious #Confused #Educational

  • Monotheism is the primitive religion which centers human consciousness on Hive Authority. There is One God and His Name is _______ (substitute Hive-Label). If there is only One God then there is no choice, no option, no selection of reality. There is only Submission or Heresy. The word Islam means "submission". The basic posture of Christianity is kneeling. Thy will be done.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Mean #Reality #Names

  • Intelligence is the ultimate aphrodisiac
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Aphrodisiac #Ultimate

  • Acid is not for every brain .... Only the healthy, happy, wholesome, handsome, hopeful, humorous, high-velocity should seek these experiences. This elitism is totally self-determined. Unless you are self-confident, self-directed, self-selected, please abstain.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Humorous #Self #Hopeful

  • Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Funny #Hilarious #Women

  • If you want to change the way people respond to you, change the way you respond to people.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #People #Way #Want

  • Think for yourself and question authority.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Love #Life #Spiritual

  • 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.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Intelligent #Drug #Use

  • The universe is an intelligence test.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Tests #Universe

  • Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Time #Soul #Gardening

  • The most important thing you do in your life is to die.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Important #Life Is

  • Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Pieces #Unexpected #Coincidence

  • We seem to inhabit a universe made up of a small number of elements-particles-bits that swirl in chaotic clouds, occasionally clustering together in geometrically logical temporary configurations.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Numbers #Clouds #Together

  • The Caterpillar cannot understand the butterfly
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Butterfly #Drug #Caterpillars

  • Remember also: beyond the restless flowing electricity of life is the ultimate reality- The Void. Your own awareness, not formed into anything possessing form or color, is naturally void. The Final Reality. The All Good. The All Peaceful. The light. The Radiance. The movement is the fire of life from which we all come. Join it. It is part of you.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Reality #Light #Color

  • Nobody ever understands what a pioneer is doing.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Pioneers

  • If you don't like what you're doing, you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Moving #Doing You #Groove

  • 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.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Hippie #Games #People

  • At one point consciousness-altering devices like the microscope and telescope were criminalized for exactly the same reasons that psychedelic plants were banned in later years. They allow us to peer into bits and zones of Chaos.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Years #Vision #Peers

  • All suffering is caused by being in the wrong place. If you're unhappy where you are, MOVE.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Moving #Suffering #Unhappy

  • A man without justice is a beast, and a man who would make himself a beast forgets the pain of being a man.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Pain #Men #Justice

  • Give death a better name or die trying.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Giving #Trying

  • People use the word "natural" ... What is natural to me is these botanical species which interact directly with the nervous system. What I consider artificial is 4 years at Harvard, and the Bible, and Saint Patrick's cathedral, and the Sunday school teachings.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Teaching #School #Sunday

  • Drop Out--detach yourself from the external social drama which is as dehydrated and ersatz as TV. Turn On--find a sacrament which returns you to the temple of God, your own body. Go out of your mind. Get high. Tune In--be reborn. Drop back in to express it. Start a new sequence of behavior that reflects your vision.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Drama #Mind #Vision

  • I wanted to scientize myth and mythologize science.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Myth #Wanted

  • LSD is a psychedelic drug which occasionally causes psychotic behavior in people who have NOT taken it.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Funny #Taken #People

  • My advice to myself and to everyone else, particularly young people, is to turn on, tune in and drop out. By drop out, I mean to detach yourself from involvement in secular, external social games. But the dropping out has to occur internally before it can occur externally. I'm not telling kids just to quit school; I'm not telling people to quit their jobs. That is an inevitable development of the process of turning on and tuning in.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Jobs #School #Mean

  • And a new philosophy emerged called quantum physics, which suggest that the individual’s function is to inform and be informed. You really exist only when you’re in a field sharing and exchanging information. You create the realities you inhabit.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Philosophy #Reality #Information

  • My favorite three words in the English language are: ’I don’t know’, because every time I say them, I learn something new.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Three #Language #My Favorite

  • Secrecy is the original sin. The fig leaf in the Garden of Eden. The basic crime against love.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Garden #Eden #Sin

  • To use your head, you have to go out of your mind.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Mind #Use

  • The aim of human life is to know thyself. Think for yourself. Question authority. Think with your friends. Create, create new realities. Philosophy is a team sport. Philosophy is the ultimate, the ultimate aphrodisiac pleasure. Learning how to operate your brain, learning how to operate your mind, learning how to redesign chaos
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Sports #Philosophy #Team

  • Turn on, Tune in, Drop out.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Tunes #Cannabis #Turns

  • 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.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Race #Laughing #Agents

  • To describe externals, you become a scientist. To describe experience, you become an artist.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Artist #Experience #Scientist

  • Hippy is an establishment label for a profound, invisible, underground, evolutionary process. For every visible hippy, barefoot, beflowered, beaded, there are a thousand invisible members of the turned-on underground. Persons whose lives are tuned in to their inner vision, who are dropping out of the TV comedy of American Life.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Hippie #Profound #Vision

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

    #Education #Humorous #Learning

  • They've outlawed the number one vegetable on the planet.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Marijuana #Numbers #Vegetables

  • You simply cannot understand psychedelic drugs, which activate the brain, unless you understand something about computers.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Drug #Brain #Computer

  • I despise followers of any kind, especially those who follow me.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Followers #Kind #Follow Me

  • Individual societies begin in harmonious adaptation to the environment and, like individuals, quickly get trapped into nonadaptive, artificial, repetitive sequences.
    -- Timothy Leary

    #Environment #Adaptation #Individual