Eliphas Lévi Quotes

The elect are those who dare; woe to the timid!
Eliphas Lévi (The Key of the Mysteries - Part I: Sketch of the Prophetic Theology of Numbers)
Before saying "God wills," man has willed.
Eliphas Lévi (The Key of the Mysteries - Part I: Sketch of the Prophetic Theology of Numbers)
Judge not; speak hardly at all; love and act.
Eliphas Lévi
In truth religion exists apart from all dogmatic discussion.
Eliphas Lévi (The Key of the Mysteries - Part I: Religious Mysteries)
To practice magic is to be a quack; to know magic is to be a sage.
Eliphas Lévi
The unity of the human intelligence demonstrates the unity of God.
Eliphas Lévi (The Key of the Mysteries - Part I: First Article: The True God)
GOD can only be defined by faith; science can neither deny nor affirm that He exists.
Eliphas Lévi (The Key of the Mysteries - Part I: First Article: The True God)
For initiates of the Qabalah, God is the absolute unity which creates and animates numbers.
Eliphas Lévi (The Key of the Mysteries - Part I: First Article: The True God)
Celestial messengers, we shall wander in immensity, and the stars will be our gleaming ships.
Eliphas Lévi (The Key of the Mysteries - Part I: Sketch of the Prophetic Theology of Numbers)
Yes, Proudhon, God is an hypothesis, but an hypothesis so necessary, that without it, all theorems become absurd or doubtful.
Eliphas Lévi (The Key of the Mysteries - Part I: First Article: The True God)
God is the absolute object of human faith. In the infinite, He is the supreme and creative intelligence of order. In the world, He is the spirit of charity.
Eliphas Lévi (The Key of the Mysteries - Part I: First Article: The True God)
Laughter is forbearance; laughter is philosophy. The heavens clear when they laugh, and the great secret of divine omnipotence resides in an eternal smile!
Eliphas Lévi (Occultism Unveiled - Book II, 1868)
He looks on the wicked as invalids whom one must pity and cure; the world, with its errors and vices, is to him God's hospital, and he wishes to serve in it.
Eliphas Lévi
Magic is the divinity of man conquered by science in union with faith; the true Magi are Men-Gods, in virtue of their intimate union with the divine principle.
Eliphas Lévi (Quoted in The Paradoxes of the Highest Science)
We shall transform ourselves into sweet visions to calm weeping eyes; we shall gather radiant lilies in unknown meadows, and we shall scatter their dew upon the earth.
Eliphas Lévi (The Key of the Mysteries - Part I: Sketch of the Prophetic Theology of Numbers)
God is necessarily the most unknown of all beings because He is only defined by negative experience; He is all that we are not, He is the infinite opposed to the finite by hypothesis.
Eliphas Lévi (The Key of the Mysteries - Part I: Sketch of the Prophetic Theology of Numbers)
If science were to affirm what it did not know, it would destroy itself. Science will then never be able to perform the work of faith, any more than faith can decide in a matter of science.
Eliphas Lévi (The Key of the Mysteries - Part I: Religious Mysteries)
Here then, at the outset, is a potent secret which is inaccessible to the majority of people; a secret which they will never guess and which it would be useless to tell them: the secret of their own stupidity.
Eliphas Lévi (Occultism Unveiled - Book II, 1868)
The need of believing is closely linked with the need of loving; for that reason our souls need communion in the same hopes and in the same love. Isolated beliefs are only doubts: it is the bond of mutual confidence which, by creating faith, composes religion.
Eliphas Lévi (The Key of the Mysteries - Part I: Religious Mysteries)
We have said that there is no religion without mysteries; let us add that there are no mysteries without symbols. The symbol, being the formula or the expression of the mystery, only expresses its unknown depth by paradoxical images borrowed from the known. The symbolic form, having for its object to characterize what is above scientific reason, should necessarily find itself without that reason: hence the celebrated and perfectly just remark of a Father of the Church: I believe because it is absurd. Credo quia absurdum.
Eliphas Lévi (The Key of the Mysteries - Part I: Religious Mysteries)
Progress is a possibility for the animal: it can be broken in, tamed and trained; but it is not a possibility for the fool, because the fool thinks he has nothing to learn. It is his place to dictate to others and put them right, and so it is impossible to reason with him. He will laugh you to scorn in saying that what he does not understand is not a meaningful proposition. 'Why don't I understand it, then?', he asks you, with marvellous impudence. To tell him it is because he is a fool would only be taken as an insult, so there is nothing you can say in reply. Everybody else sees it quite clearly, but he will never realize it.
Eliphas Lévi (Occultism Unveiled - Book II, 1868)
Religion holds a greater place among the realities of life than those who do without religion --- or pretend to do without it --- affect to believe. All ideas that raise man above the animal --- moral love, devotion, honour --- are sentiments essentially religious. The cult of the fatherland and of the family, fidelity to an oath and to memory, are things which humanity will never abjure without degrading itself utterly, and which could never exist without the belief in something greater than mortal life, with all its vicissitudes, its ignorance and its misery.
Eliphas Lévi (The Key of the Mysteries - Part I: Religious Mysteries)
We want to be clearly understood on this point. We are not trying to say that signs and rites are a big piece of humbug. They would be such if people did not need them; but we have to recognize that everyone has not the same degree of intelligence. Children have always had fairy stories told to them, and these stories will continue to be told as long as there are nurses and mothers. Children have faith and this is what saves them. Imagine a child of seven saying: 'I do not want to accept anything I cannot understand.' What could one teach such a monster? Accept what your teachers tell you to begin with, my fine fellow, then study it and, if you are not an idiot, you will understand it by-and-by.
Eliphas Lévi (Occultism Unveiled - Book II, 1868)
They are without fears and without desires, dominated by no falsehood, sharing no error, loving without illusion, suffering without impatience, reposing in the quietude of eternal thought... a Magus cannot be ignorant, for magic implies superiority, mastership, majority, and majority signifies emancipation by knowledge. The Magus welcomes pleasure, accepts wealth, deserves honour, but is never the slave of one of them; he knows how to be poor, to abstain, and to suffer; he endures oblivion willingly because he is lord of his own happiness, and expects or fears nothing from the caprice of fortune. He can love without being beloved; he can create imperishable treasures, and exalt himself above the level of honours or the prizes of the lottery. He possesses that which he seeks, namely, profound peace. He regrets nothing which must end, but remembers with satisfaction that he has met with good in all. His hope is a certitude, for he knows that good is eternal and evil transitory. He enjoys solitude, but does not fly the society of man; he is a child with children, joyous with the young, staid with the old, patient with the foolish, happy with the wise. He smiles with all who smile, and mourns with all who weep; applauding strength, he is yet indulgent to weakness; offending no one, he has himself no need to pardon, for he never thinks himself offended; he pities those who misconceive him, and seeks an opportunity to serve them; by the force of kindness only does he avenge himself on the ungrateful...
Eliphas Lévi (On Magicians)

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Eliphas Lévi Biography

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Born: 1810
Died: 1875

Eliphas Lévi, real name Alphonse Louis Constant, was a French ceremonial magician, mystic and author. He is best known for his writings on the occult, where he covered topics such as magic and the esoteric.

Notable Works

Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie (1856)
Occultism Revealed (1868)
The Key of the Mysteries

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