'I have always considered movies evil; the day that cinema was invented was a black day of mankind. Centuries before photography there were talismans, which actually anticipated photographs, since the dyes they used on the cheap vellum produced patterns when they faded in light. A talisman was a sticky flypaper trying to trap a spirit - cunningly you printed on it a “photograph” of the demon you wanted to capture in it. Photography is a blatant attempt to steal the soul. The astral; body is always just latent in a person, and certain cunning and gifted photographers can take an image of the astral body. The whole thing is having an image of someone to control them. If you're out of your mind with love, it becomes understandable. Any crime is justifiable in the name of Love. In fact, it shouldn’t have to be a “crime”: Anything is justifiable in the name of Love.'
Kenneth Anger

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  'The science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with the Will. Magick is the Science of understanding oneself an one's conditions. Is the Art of applying that understanding in action.'
Aleister Crowley

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  'Up to now, poetry has followed a wrong course: rising to the heavens or crawling along the ground, it has ignored the principles of its existence and, not without reason, has constantly been rebuffed by decent people. It has not been modest... the finest quality that ought to exist in an imperfect being.'
Lautreamont, Les Chants de Maldoror

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  'The cinema is essentially the revealer of a whole occult life with which it puts us into direct contact.'
Antonin Artaud

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  'Man is ignorant of his nature, of his own being and power. Even his idea of his limitations is based on experience of the past; and every step in progress extends his empire. There is therefore no reason to assign theoretical limits to what he may be or what he may do.'
Aleister Crowley, Magick in Theory and Practice

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  'The greatest of sorcerers would be the one who could cast a spell on himself to the degree of taking his own phantomasgora for autonomous apparitions.'
Jorge Luis Borges, The Circular Ruins

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  'I am my son, my father, my mother and myself.'
Antonin Artaud


from Into the Pleasure Dome, the Films of Kenneth Anger, edited by Jane Pilling & Mike O'Pray, publisher: British Film Institute