65 Timothy Leary Quotes On Success In Life

Timothy Francis Leary was an American psychologist and writer known for his strong advocacy of psychedelic drugs. Evaluations of Leary are polarized, ranging from bold oracle to publicity hound. He was “a hero of American consciousness”, according to Allen Ginsberg, and Tom Robbins called him a “brave neuronaut”. These Timothy Leary quotes will motivate you.

Best Timothy Leary Quotes

  1. “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
  2. “Information is Power. Think For Yourself. CAUTION: proper use of the brain is not endorsed by federal governments nor huge corporations involved in serious financial profit from a brainwashed and enslaved population. Mild discomfort may occur as confusing independent thought challenges popular views of the world.” ~ Timothy Leary
  3. “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
  4. “TURN ON. to contact the ancient energies and wisdoms that are built into your nervous system. They provide unspeakable pleasure and revelation. TUNE IN. to harness and communicate these new perspectives in a harmonious dance with the external world. DROP OUT. detach yourself from the tribal game. current models of social adjustement – mechanized, computerized, socialized, intellectualized, televised, sanforized – make no sense to the new LSD generation who see clearly that American society is becoming an air-conditioned anthill.” ~ Timothy Leary
  5. “You are a powerful, unlimited and eternal soul who is here to enjoy the experience of creativity and contribute to humanity’s evolution.” ~ Timothy Leary

  6. “People have to go out of their mind before they can come to their senses.” ~ Timothy Leary
  7. “You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.” ~ Timothy Leary
  8. “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
  9. “You cannot use butterfly language to communicate with caterpillars” ~ Timothy Leary
  10. “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
  11. “There are no bad drugs. There’s simply stupid people who don’t know how to use them.” ~ Timothy Leary

  12. “The brain is not a blind, reactive machine, but a complex, sensitive biocomputer that we can program. And if we don’t take the responsibility for programming it, then it will be programmed unwittingly by accident or by the social environment.” ~ Timothy Leary
  13. “Almost everyone today is brain-damaged by our education which is designed to produce docile automatons.” ~ Timothy Leary
  14. “Take responsibility for making your own life beautiful.” ~ Timothy Leary
  15. “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” ~ Timothy Leary

  16. “If you want to change the way people respond to you, change the way you respond to people.” ~ Timothy Leary
  17. “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
  18. “What do you think deja vu is for?”. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? 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
  19. “What human beings consciously wish is often quite at variance with the results their reflex patterns automatically create for them.” ~ Timothy Leary
  20. “To describe externals, you become a scientist. To describe experience, you become an artist.” ~ Timothy Leary

  21. “One cannot evolve from one’s robothood until one realizes how totally one has been robotized.” ~ Timothy Leary
  22. “When you get the message, hang up the phone.” ~ Timothy Leary
  23. “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.” ~ Timothy Leary
  24. “The Caterpillar cannot understand the butterfly” ~ Timothy Leary
  25. “Think for yourself and question authority.” ~ Timothy Leary

  26. “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
  27. “There are three side effects of acid: enhanced long-term memory, decreased short-term memory, and I forget the third.” ~ Timothy Leary
  28. “Intelligence is the ultimate aphrodisiac” ~ Timothy Leary
  29. “If you don’t like what you’re doing, you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove.” ~ Timothy Leary

  30. “The first narcotics bust in history is Jehovah busting Adam and Eve for eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge.” ~ Timothy Leary
  31. “Surfers are the ‘throw-aheads’ of mankind, not the dregs; they aren’t the black sheep of humanity, but the futurists and they are leading the way to where man ultimately wants to be. The act of the ride is the epitome of ‘be here now’, and the tube ride is the most acute form of that. Which is: your future is right ahead of you, the past is exploding behind you, your wake is disappearing, your footprints are washed from the sand. It’s a non-productive, non-depletive act that’s done purely for the value of the dance itself. And that is the destiny of man.” ~ Timothy Leary
  32. “All suffering is caused by being in the wrong place. If you’re unhappy where you are, MOVE.” ~ Timothy Leary

  33. “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
  34. “The danger of psychedelic drugs, the danger of mind-opening, the danger of consciousness expansion, the danger of inner discovery is a danger to the establishment.” ~ Timothy Leary
  35. “Psychedelic drugs cause paranoia, confusion, and total loss of reality in politicians that have never taken them.” ~ Timothy Leary
  36. “Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others.” ~ Timothy Leary

  37. “LSD, wisely used by professionals, could reprogram enough nervous systems to accelerate consciousness and intelligence before we laid ourselves and our planet waste.”To use your head you have to go out of your mind” “You are a God, act like one”” ~ Timothy Leary
  38. “The language of God is not English or Latin; the language of God is cellular and molecular.” ~ Timothy Leary
  39. “Whenever in doubt, turn off your mind, relax, float downstream.” ~ Timothy Leary
  40. “I wanted to scientize myth and mythologize science.” ~ Timothy Leary

  41. “The genetic stage of a gene pool can be identified by the personality characteristics of the local God. Jehovah of Genesis is a low-level barbarian macho punk God. He boastfully claims to have created the heaven and the stars and the world, but provides no technical details or replicable blueprints. His preoccupations, whims, anxieties, jealousies, rules, and hatred of women are primitive mammalian brain. His petty prides are primate.” ~ Timothy Leary
  42. “By drop out, I mean to detach yourself from involvement in secular, external social games.” ~ Timothy Leary
  43. “Man’s best friend is his dogma.” ~ Timothy Leary

  44. “I learned more about psychology in the five hours after taking these mushrooms than in the preceding 15 years of studying and doing research in psychology.” ~ Timothy Leary
  45. “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
  46. “One cannot understand the rhythms and meanings of the outer world until one has mastered the dialects of the body.” ~ Timothy Leary Quotes
  47. “In the information-communication civilization of the 21st Century, creativity and mental excellence will become the ethical norm. The world will be too dynamic, complex, and diversified, too cross-linked by the global immediacies of modern (quantum) communication, for stability of thought or dependability of behavior to be successful.” ~ Timothy Leary
  48. “After you turn on, don’t spend the rest of your life contemplating the inner wonders. Begin immediately expressing your revelation in acts of beauty.” ~ Timothy Leary
  49. “Grow within the flow.” ~ Timothy Leary

  50. “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
  51. “The word “religion” beautifully defines itself, of course. It translates “to bind” from the Latin–“re” means back and “ligare” means to tie up. All religions are straight jackets, jackets for the straight.” ~ Timothy Leary
  52. “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
  53. “Express the psychedelic with the cybernetic. Turn on, tune in and boot up.” ~ Timothy Leary
  54. “Anything is possible after midnight.” ~ Timothy Leary

  55. “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
  56. “We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. They are a hundred times better educated than their grandparents, and ten times more sophisticated. There has never been such an open-minded group. The problem is that no one is giving them anything fresh. They’ve got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.” ~ Timothy Leary Quotes
  57. “Secrecy is the original sin. The fig leaf in the Garden of Eden. The basic crime against love.” ~ Timothy Leary
  58. “Essentially, there’s a universe inside your brain. The number of connections possible inside your brain is limitless. And as people have learned to have more managerial and direct creative access to their brains, they have also developed matrices or networks of people that communicate electronically. There are direct brain/computer link-ups. You can just jack yourself in and pilot your brain around in cyberspace-electronic space.” ~ Timothy Leary
  59. “Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time.” ~ Timothy Leary

  60. “Essentially, there’s a universe inside your brain. The number of connections possible inside your brain is limitless. And as people have learned to have more managerial and direct creative access to their brains, they have also developed matrices or networks of people that communicate electronically. There are direct brain/computer link-ups. You can just jack yourself in and pilot your brain around in cyberspace-electronic space.” ~ Timothy Leary
  61. “To use your head, you have to go out of your mind.” ~ Timothy Leary
  62. “The mission of DNA is to evolve nervous systems able to escape from the doomed planet and contact manifestations of the same amino-acid seeding that have evolved in other solar systems. The mission is the message–to escape and come home.” ~ Timothy Leary
  63. “In the Eleusinian mysteries, they would always warn people, “if you go in here, your ego will die. You’re going to have to confront all your past hang-ups, strip them off, and be a changed person.” One emperor of Rom who wanted to be initiated in the Eleusinian mysteries said, “That’s interesting, I approve of what you’re doing, but I don’t want to be changed.” ~ Timothy Leary
  64. “Hippies started the ecology movement. They combated racism. They liberated sexual stereotypes, encouraged change, individual pride, and self-confidence. They questioned robot materialism. In four years they managed to stop the Vietnam War. They got marijuana decriminalized in fourteen states during the Carter Administration.” ~ Timothy Leary
  65. “Get stoned and abandon all constructive activity.” ~ Timothy Leary

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