Anton LaVey Quotes

Anton LaVey

Man prides himself on being the only animal who can modify his nature, yet when he chooses to do so he is called a phony.

Anton LaVey
(The Devil's Notebook, 1992)

Magic is magic, be it used to help or hinder.

Anton LaVey (The Satanic Bible, 1869)

It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful.

Anton LaVey (The Nine Satanic Sins, 1987)

Every man is a god if he chooses to recognize himself as one.

Anton LaVey (The Satanic Bible, 1869)

The Satanist realizes that man, and the action and reaction of the universe, is responsible for everything, and doesn't mislead himself into thinking that someone cares.

Anton LaVey (The Satanic Bible, 1869)

Satanism is not a white light religion; it is a religion of the flesh, the mundane, the carnal - all of which are ruled by Satan, the personification of the Left Hand Path.

Anton LaVey (The Satanic Bible, 1869)

Satanists are encouraged to indulge in the seven deadly sins, as they need hurt no one; they were only invented by the Christian Church to insure guilt on the part of its followers.

Anton LaVey (The Satanic Bible, 1869)

There are many who would take my time. I shun them.
There are some who share my time. I am entertained by them.
There are precious few who contribute to my time. I cherish them.

Anton LaVey (The Devil's Notebook, 1992)

Satanism advocates practicing a modified form of the Golden Rule. Our interpretation of this rule is: "Do unto others as they do unto you"; because if you "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," and they, in turn, treat you badly, it goes against human nature to continue to treat them with consideration. You should do unto others as you would have them do unto you, but if your courtesy is not returned, they should be treated with the wrath they deserve.

Anton LaVey (The Satanic Bible, 1869)

Satanism does not encourage orgiastic activity or extramarital affairs for those to whom they do not come naturally. For many, it would be very unnatural and detrimental to be unfaithful to their chosen mates. To others, it would be frustrating to be bound sexually to just one person. Each person must decide for himself what form of sexual activity best suits his individual needs. Self deceitfully forcing yourself to be adulterous or to have sex partners when not married just for the sake of proving others (or worse yet, to yourself) that you are emancipated from sexual guilt is just as wrong, by Satanic standards, as leaving any sexual need unfulfilled because of ingrained feelings of guilt.

Anton LaVey (The Satanic Bible, 1869)

Even the asexual has a deviation - his asexuality. It is far more abnormal to have a lack of sexual desire (unless illness or old-age, or another valid reason has caused the wane) than it is to be sexually promiscuous. However, if a Satanist chooses sexual sublimination above overt sexual expression, that is entirely his own affair. In many cases of sexual sublimination (or asexuality), any attempt to emancipate himself sexually would prove devastating to the asexual. Asexuals are invariably sexually sublimated by their jobs or hobbies. All the energy and driving interest which would normally be devoted to sexual activity is channeled into other pastimes or into their chosen occupations. If a person favors other interests over sexual activity, it is his right, and no one is justified in condemning him for it. However, the person should at least recognize the fact that this is a sexual sublimation.

Anton LaVey (The Satanic Bible, 1869)

Anton LaVey Biography

Anton LaVey portrait

Born: 1930
Died: 1997

Anton Szandor LaVey was an American musician, occultist author and founder of the Church of Satan, where they practiced LaVeyan Satanism.

Notable Works

The Satanic Bible (1969)
The Devil's Notebook (1992)