Terence Kemp McKenna was an U.S. author, mystic, lecturer, ethnobotanist and also an advocate of sensible use of psychedelic plants. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, and it was during this time that he started studying shamanism and also experienced the effect of drugs like opium. McKenna wrote and spoke about a variety of subjects other than psychedelic plants and some of his favourite topics included culture, philosophy, technology, alchemy, culture, the environment and languages among many others. McKenna had also propounded the novelty theory, which although unscientific proved to be hugely popular and is regarded as one of the factors behind the widespread fear that the world was to end in December 2012. He had also written several books and some of his noted works include ‘The Invisible Landscape: Mind’, ‘Hallucinogens and the I Ching’, ‘The Evolutionary Mind’, ‘The Archaic Revival’, ‘Synesthesia’ and ‘Food of the Gods’ among others. He was also a well-known public speaker who delivered a number of lectures on a variety of subjects. His writings covered several subjects and viewpoints. The below collection of Terence McKenna’s most famous quotes have been excerpted from his writings, papers, books, lectures, speeches, interviews and thoughts. Read on the collection of sayings and quotes by Terence McKenna.
Chaos is what we've lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existence is defined in terms of control.
If the words 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on.
The cost of sanity in this society, is a certain level of alienation
The syntactical nature of reality, the real secret of magic, is that the world is made of words. And if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish.
The monkey body has carried us to this moment of release, but we are coming more and more to exist in a world made by the human imagination.
Nature is not mute; it is man who is deaf.
Reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that's being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.
The real truth, that dare not speak itself, is that no one is in control. Absolutely no one.
There is no question that a society that sets out to control its citizens' use of drugs sets out on the slippery path to totalitarianism.
A hallucination is to be in the presence of that which previously could not be imagined, and if it previously could not be imagined then there is no grounds for believing that you generated it out of yourself.