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A collection of quotes and sayings by Anton Lavey on death, television, books, Halloween, stupidity, freedom, truth, love, Satanism, hate, pain, atheist and defeat.

69 Insightful Quotes By Anton Lavey Which You Should Not Omit

Quick Facts

Famous As: Occultist

Born On: April 11, 1930

Died On: October 29, 1997

Born In: Chicago

Founder / Co Founder: Church of Satan

Died At Age: 67

Anton Lavey was an eminent American musician, occultist and author. He founded ‘LaVeyan Satanism’ and the ‘Church Of Satan’. He has written various books that include ‘Satan Speaks!’, ‘The Satanic Bible’, ‘The Satanic Witch’, ‘The Devil’s Notebook’ and ‘The Satanic Rituals’ amongst others. Besides this he also released three music albums. In 1975, the multi-faceted artist played a minor on-screen role and also worked as a technical confidant for movie titled ‘The Devil’s Rain’. He had been a part of few talk shows and expressed his thoughts, views and opinions on subjects close to his heart through numerous articles and magazines. He was described as ‘born showman’ by historian of Satanism Gareth J.Medway. We bring to you a corpus of inspiring thoughts, words, opinions and views by the distinguished artist which are quoted extensively. Let us see what we can learn from the quotes and thoughts by Anton Lavey.

Satanism represents a form of controlled selfishness.

Anton LaVey

Satanism demands study, not worship!

Anton LaVey

It has been said, 'the truth will make men free.' The truth alone has never made anyone free. It is only doubt which will bring mental emancipation.

Anton LaVey

You cannot love everyone; it is ridiculous to think you can.

Anton LaVey

The ideal woman to me would be the gun-toting moll. Someone who is true blue and ready to face the world. Open to ideas and suggestion, not stubborn and closed minded.

Anton LaVey

Those who spell Magic with a K aren't.

Anton LaVey

The true test of anyone's worth as a living creature is how much he can utilize what he has.

Anton LaVey

The only thing Christianity ever contributed to Satanism was the name

Anton LaVey

Satanism represents kindness to those who deserve it instead of love wasted on ingrates!

Anton LaVey

When ghettos become the mainstream of society, islands of individuality cannot help but harbor an elite.

Anton LaVey

When one sleeps on the floor one need not worry about falling out of bed.

Anton LaVey

Every religion in the world that has destroyed people is based on love

Anton LaVey

Hair on a man's chest is thought to denote strength. The gorilla is the most powerful of bipeds and has hair on every place on his body except for his chest.

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

Most of the interesting people I've ever met have been deviant in one form or another.

Anton LaVey

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

Anton LaVey

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

If a person wants to be hurt and enjoys suffering, then there is no reason not to indulge him in his wont.

Anton LaVey

Those that would say Satanist would like to kill animal's, sacrifice animals I would say they would make ideal animal sacrifices, I love animals and animals have always been part of me.

Anton LaVey

Religions are easy to invent. Most traditional religions have little or nothing to do with reality, are dependent on obfuscation, interpretation, guilt, and unreasoning faith...

Anton LaVey

There is nothing inherently sacred about moral codes. Like the wooden idols of long ago, they are the work of human hands, and what man has made, man can destroy!

Anton LaVey

In order to perform the supernatural, you must first be able to accomplish the supernormal.

Anton LaVey

Blessed are the destroyers of false hope, for they are the true Messiahs - Cursed are the god-adorers, for they shall be shorn sheep!

Anton LaVey

Satan has been the best friend the church has ever had, as he has kept it in business all these years!

Anton LaVey

Don't let that little pyramid with the bright eye fool you. That's to draw your attention away from the real thing: the big trapezoid beneath it.

Anton LaVey

I break away from all conventions that do not lead to my earthly success and happiness.

Anton LaVey

Many of you already read my writings indicating that TV is the new god. There is a little thing I neglected to mention up until now, television is the major mainstream infiltration for the new satanic religion.

Anton LaVey

Say unto thine own heart, 'I am mine own redeemer.

Anton LaVey

Do what you want as long as its paying off for you. But once its become a liability, then something is wrong and you better find out what it is.

Anton LaVey

The real satanist is not quite so easily recognized as such

Anton LaVey

Behold the crucifix; what does it symbolize? Pallid incompetence hanging on a tree.

Anton LaVey

To be loved, feelings must be rationed. To love, the doors of hysteria, fantasy, and madness may be flung open.

Anton LaVey

It's a shame stupidity isn't painful.

Anton LaVey

Since man's natural instincts lead him to sin, all men are sinners; and all sinners go to hell. If everyone goes to hell, then you will meet all your friends there.

Anton LaVey

When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.

Anton LaVey

There is no heaven, there is no hell, except here on Earth.

Anton LaVey

Hate your enemy with a whole heart, and if a man smite you on one cheek, SMASH him on the other!

Anton LaVey

There are many who would like 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

Life is the great indulgence - death the great abstinence. Therefore, make the most of life here and now!

Anton LaVey

There is a beast in man that should be exercised, not exorcised.

Anton LaVey

Be as a lion in the path. Be dangerous even in defeat.

Anton LaVey

I'm glad that Christian parents let their children worship the devil at least one night out of the year.

Anton LaVey

If you're going to be a sinner, be the best sinner on the block.

Anton LaVey

Don't waste your time with people who will ultimately destroy you, but concentrate instead on those who will appreciate your responsibility to them, and, likewise, feel responsible to you.

Anton LaVey

Love is one of the most intense feelings felt by man; another is hate. Forcing yourself to feel indiscriminate love is very unnatural. If you try to love everyone you only lessen your feelings for those who deserve your love. Repressed hatred can lead to many physical and emotional aliments. By learning to release your hatred towards those who deserve it, you cleanse yourself of these malignant emotions and need not take your pent-up hatred out on your loved ones.

Anton LaVey

The Atheist complains about the wind. The Christian prays for it to change. The Satanist adjusts his sails.

Anton LaVey

Up is down, pleasure is pain, darkness is light, slavery is freedom, madness is sanity...

Anton LaVey

Stupidity—The top of the list for Satanic Sins. The Cardinal Sin of Satanism. It’s too bad that stupidity isn’t painful. Ignorance is one thing, but our society thrives increasingly on stupidity. It depends on people going along with whatever they are told. The media promotes a cultivated stupidity as a posture that is not only acceptable but laudable. Satanists must learn to see through the tricks and cannot afford to be stupid.

Anton LaVey

There is no heaven of glory bright, and no hell where sinners roast. Here and now is our day of torment! Here and now is our day of joy! Here and now is our opportunity! Choose ye this day, this hour, for no redeemer liveth!

Anton LaVey

I dont crave companionship. It stands in my way. I live for pleasure. There are few persons who can give me as much pleasure as those acts I perform myself. I would rather create pleasure according to my own whim than be subjected to the whims of others.

Anton LaVey

I consider that a most ignoble endeavor. The only way I would like to 'help' the great majority of people is the same way Carl Panzram 'reformed' people who tried to reform him. It would be most merciful to help them by relieving them of the life they seem to hate so much. People should be happy I'm not a humanitarian-or I'd probably be the most diabolical mass murderer the world has ever known.

Anton LaVey

You cannot love everyone; it is ridiculous to think you can. If you love everyone and everything you lose your natural powers of selection and wind up being a pretty poor judge of character and quality. If anything is used too freely it loses its true meaning. Therefore, the Satanist believes you should love strongly and completely those who deserve your love, but never turn the other cheek to your enemy!

Anton LaVey

When a Satanist commits a wrong, he realizes that is it natural to make a mistake―and if he is truly sorry about what he has done, he will learn from it and take care not to do the same thing again. If he is not honestly sorry about what he has done, and knows he will do the same thing over and over, he has no business confessing and asking forgiveness in the first place.

Anton LaVey

There are television sets in every home, every restaurant, every hotel room, every shopping mall-now they’re even small enough to carry in your pocket like electronic rosaries. It is an unquestioned part of everyday life. Kneeling before the cathode ray God, with our TV Guide concordance in hand, we maintain the illusion of choice by flipping channels (chapters and verses). It doesn’t matter what is flashing on the screen-all that’s important is that the TV stays on.

Anton LaVey

After an inferior man has been taught a doctrine of superiority he will remain as inferior as he was before his lesson. He will merely assume himself to be superior, and attempt to employ his recently-learned tactics against his own kind, whom he will then consider his inferiors. With each inferior man enjoying what he considers his unique role, the entire bunch will be reduced to a pack of strutting, foppish, self-centered monkeys gamboling about on an island of ignorance. There they will play their games under the supervision of their keeper, who was and always will be a superior man.

Anton LaVey

On Saturday night, I would see men lusting after half-naked girls dancing at the carnival, and on Sunday morning when I was playing organ for tent-show evangelists at the other end of the carnival lot, I would see these same men sitting in the pews with their wives and children, asking God to forgive them and purge them of carnal desires. And the next Saturday they'd be back at the carnival or some other place of indulgence. I knew then that the Christian church thrives on hypocrisy, and that man's carnal nature will out no matter how much it is purged or scoured by any white-light religion.

Anton LaVey

In this arid wilderness of steel and stone I raise up my voice that you may hear. To the East and to the West I beckon. To the North and to the South I show a sign proclaiming: Death to the weakling, wealth to the strong!

Anton LaVey

I've always been timid. I wait for the mating signal, yet I want to show my interest, but I'm too goddamn bashful to go for it! I have no sympathy for wolves. Why can't a man wait and see if there is any interest in them? Every woman wants to be pursued, it's a courting dance, a mating game and it should be that way, played out. The world is full of creeps.

Anton LaVey

How could you set yourself up as the most powerful institution on earth? You first find out what every man feels at least once a day, establish that as a sin, and set yourself up as the only institution capable of pardoning that sin.

Anton LaVey

The TV set, or Satanic family altar, has grown more elaborate since the early 50s, from the tiny, fuzzy screen to huge ‘entertainment centers’ covering entire walls with several TV monitors. What started as an innocent respite from everyday life has become in itself a replacement for real life for millions, a major religion of the masses.

Anton LaVey

My parents were lenient. My mother believed God was another word for nature. I took up Satanism not out of desperation, but out of logic. I rebelled, not but because of a religious or repressive childhood. I wanted to join the French Foreign Legion.

Anton LaVey

ALL religions of a spiritual nature are inventions of man. He has created an entire system of gods with nothing more than his carnal brain. Just because he has an ego, and cannot accept it, he has to externalize it into some great spiritual device which he calls God.

Anton LaVey

The seven deadly sins of the Christian Church are: greed, pride, envy, anger, gluttony, lust, and sloth. Satanism advocates indulging in each of these 'sins' as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification.

Anton LaVey

All we want, those few of us who have the strength to realize what's going on, is the freedom to create and entertain and share with each other, to preserve and cherish what we can while we can, and to build our own little citadels away from the insensitivity of the rest of the world.

Anton LaVey

Yeah, well, I'm crazy, but I'm not stupid, hopefully. And I think we're all a bit crazy if we do anything that's deviant. I've studied a great deal on deviance and aberrant behavior. Most of the interesting people I've ever met have been deviant in one form or another.

Anton LaVey

Satan represents indulgence, instead of abstinence! Satan represents vital existence, instead of spiritual pipe dreams! Satan represents undefiled wisdom, instead of hypocritical self-deceit! Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!

Anton LaVey

If real Satanism were allowed the kind of television time that Christianity has now, the kind of drawing out and patience that interviewers give sports figures, or the kind of coverage that a baseball game gets, Christianity would be completely eliminated in a few short months. If people were allowed to see the complete, unbiased truth, even for 60 minutes, it would be too dangerous. There would be no comparison.

Anton LaVey

But the average person doesnt have that much imagination. They just want to be entertained. They want to have the tableau presented for them. They dont want to participate beyond a certain point. They want the safety of the herd, to be catered to, sit back and enjoy.

Anton LaVey

Whatever alleged 'truth' is proven by results to be but an empty fiction, let it be unceremoniously flung into the outer darkness, among the dead gods, dead empires, dead philosophies, and other useless lumber and wreckage!

Anton LaVey