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Timothy Leary was born on October 22, 1920 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Leary was a psychologist and writer who became known for advocating the use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs. He was also an important figure in the hippie movement of the 1960s.Leary’s life was marked by controversy, and he spent time in prison for drug-related offenses. He died from prostate cancer on May 31, 1996. Despite his controversial lifestyle, Leary is considered to be one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century. His work has inspired generations of entrepreneurs and continues to provide inspiration to this day.

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About Timothy Leary

birth of the author

October 22, 1920

death of the author

May 31, 1996

college of the author

Alma Mater:
University Of Alabama

occupation of the author

Psychologist, Writer

occupation of the author

Psychology Psychedelic Therapy

institution of the author

University Of California, Berkeley, Kaiser Oakland Medical Center, Harvard University


To him who has had the experience no explanation is necessary, to him who has not, none is possible. — Ram Dass

To describe externals, you become a scientist. To describe experience, you become an artist. — Timothy Leary

I’m looking forward to the most fascinating experience in life, which is dying. — Timothy Leary

Whether you experience heaven or hell, remember that it is your mind which creates them. — Timothy Leary

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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

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

Inner reality is certainly more important than the outer reality. — Timothy Leary

The world is won by those who let it go. — Ram Dass


The brain is the key, the brain is the source, the brain is God. Everything that humans do is neuroecology. — Timothy Leary

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Almost everyone today is brain–damaged by our education which is designed to produce docile automatons. — Timothy Leary

The brain is a robot–computer perfectly designed to fabricate any reality we program it to construct. — Timothy Leary

We are dealing with the best–educated generation in history. But they’ve got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go. — Timothy Leary

We cannot study the brain, the instrument for fabricating the realities we inhabit, using the mental constructs of the past. — Timothy Leary

Intelligence is the ultimate aphrodisiac. — Timothy Leary

The universe is an intelligence test. — Timothy Leary


People have to go out of their mind before they can come to their senses. — Timothy Leary

Whenever in doubt, turn off your mind, relax, float downstream. — Timothy Leary

I take the dust from the lotus feet of the guru to cleanse the mirror of my mind.’ So begins a sacred ode to Hanuman. — Ram Dass

To use your head, you have to go out of your mind. — Timothy Leary

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The art of listening comes from a quiet mind and an open heart. — Ram Dass

What we’re seeing ‘out there’ is the projection of where we’re at––the projection of the clingings of our minds. — Ram Dass

We are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we are so deeply interconnected with one another. — Ram Dass

The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back. — Ram Dass


If you want to change the way people respond to you, change the way you respond to people. — Timothy Leary

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In pursuing my fervent goal of relating external stimuli to reports about internal–neural change, we were, paradoxically enough, following the most orthodox tradition in psychology. — Timothy Leary

Human beings have a right to change their consciousness, and it is unconscionable and absolutely wrong for any government or any person to stand in the way of someone choosing to change their consciousness. — Timothy Leary

I totally deplore the notion of an M.D. giving pills to patients–a medical doctor giving psychological or psychoactive change agents to another person. — Timothy Leary

I wanted to scientize myth and mythologize science. — Timothy Leary

One cannot evolve from one’s robothood until one realizes how totally one has been robotized. — Timothy Leary

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Seven million people I turned on, and only one hundred thousand have come by to thank me. — Timothy Leary


When we’re identified with Awareness, we’re no longer living in a world of polarities. Everything is present at the same time. — Ram Dass

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And suddenly I realized that he knew everything that was going on in my head, all the time, and that he still loved me. Because who we are is behind all that. — Ram Dass

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

Giger’s work disturbs us, spooks us, because of its enormous evolutionary time span. It shows us, all too clearly, where we come from and where we are going. — Timothy Leary

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Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time. — Timothy Leary

You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind. — Timothy Leary


Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it! — Ram Dass

To the elitist hedonist, life is the avoidance of boredom and routine. — Timothy Leary

I am 100 percent in favor of the intelligent use of drugs, and 1,000 percent against the thoughtless use of them, whether caffeine or LSD. And drugs are not central to my life. — Timothy Leary

to the elitist hedonist life is the avoidance of boredom and routine Timothy Leary quote

My life is a creative act––like a painting, or a concerto. — Ram Dass

The most important thing you do in your life is to die. — Timothy Leary

We live our lives from A–Z, but forget the other 24 letters in between. — Timothy Leary

Critics have told me I’ve ruined the lives of 50 million young people. I can’t be certain of this, since only about 10 million have ever come back to thank me. — Timothy Leary

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

Don’t be intimidated by Caesar’s Hollywood fake versions of religiosity. If life has a meaning for you beyond the TV–studio game, you are religious! Spell it out! — Timothy Leary

Take responsibility for making your own life beautiful. — Timothy Leary

Extraterrestrial intelligence could have sent DNA–seed packets out through space to plant life on hospitable planets such as earth. — Timothy Leary

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


If you listen to neurologists and psychiatrists, you’d never fall in love. — Timothy Leary

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Our interactions with one another reflect a dance between love and fear. — Ram Dass

Secrecy is the original sin. The fig leaf in the Garden of Eden. The basic crime against love. — Timothy Leary

Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is a supreme creative act. — Ram Dass

People ask me how many times I’ve taken LSD––and I don’t count. But it’s the same thing when they ask me how many times I’ve made love. The answer is, not enough. — Timothy Leary

I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion––and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies. — Ram Dass

Lsd is known to induce psychosis, in people who have never used it. — Timothy Leary

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