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Timothy Leary Quotes About Death, Life, Think For Yourself, Drugs, Surfing, One Liner, Psychology & Humanity!  Timothy Leary was a Harvard professor and researcher who became a proponent of LSD and subsequently an entertainment figure. On October 22, 1920, Leary was born at the family’s home in Springfield, Massachusetts, to an Irish-Catholic father and Catholic mother.

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Before getting a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Alabama, he attended several other colleges and universities before graduating in 1943. Before getting a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Alabama, he attended some other institutions. While in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Leary experimented with psilocybin, an active element in the mushrooms approved for research purposes. With collaborators Richard Alpert and Ralph Metzner, Leary’s team and related researchers tested the substance on seminary students, prisoners, and associates.

Known for his college lectures, “Turn on, tune in, drop out” became a media catchphrase for Leary. He published his works, gave up-regulated scientific procedures, and hung around with various counterculture and showbiz leaders. Even yet, he came under fire from multiple sources for his involvement in encouraging young people to experiment with LSD. He was “the most dangerous man in America” by Richard Nixon, and other media figures and medical specialists have criticized the tangible harm his speech has wrought.

In 1970, shortly after announcing his campaign for governor of California, Timothy Leary was arrested for marijuana use and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Several months after he was imprisoned, he was finally able to leave with the assistance of others. Since then, Leary has worked extensively in the entertainment industry, including television and film roles and stand-up comedy. On May 31, 1996, he passed away in Beverly Hills, CA.

Best Timothy Leary Quotes

1. “There are three side effects of acid: enhanced long-term memory, decreased short-term memory, and I forget the third.” ―Timothy Leary

2. “Acid is not for every brain …. Only the healthy, happy, wholesome, handsome, hopeful, humorous, high-velocity should seek these experiences. This elitism is totally self-determined. Unless you are self-confident, self-directed, self-selected, please abstain.” ―Timothy Leary

3. “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

4. “LSD is a psychedelic drug which occasionally causes psychotic behavior in people who have NOT taken it.” ―Timothy Leary

5. “At one point consciousness-altering devices like the microscope and telescope were criminalized for exactly the same reasons that psychedelic plants were banned in later years. They allow us to peer into bits and zones of Chaos.” ―Timothy Leary

6. “To use your head, you have to go out of your mind.” ―Timothy Leary

7. “I learned more about psychology in the five hours after taking these mushrooms than in the preceding 15 years of studying and doing research in psychology.” ―Timothy Leary

8. “In the information age, you don’t teach philosophy as they did after feudalism. You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today he’d have a talk show.” ―Timothy Leary

9. “We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they’ve got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.” ―Timothy Leary

10. “When people criticize the computer generation, the high tech generation, and say they neglect the body – well, just walk through a college campus, and you’ll see the healthiest, most physically conscious, and alert group of human beings I’ve ever met. So they’re not nerds at all.” ―Timothy Leary

11. “The twentieth century may well find historical status as the epoch in which man began to study himself as a scientific phenomenon.” ―Timothy Leary

12. “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

13. “Think for yourself and question authority.” ―Timothy Leary

14. “You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.” ―Timothy Leary

15. “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” ―Timothy Leary

16. “The universe is an intelligence test.” ―Timothy Leary

17. “Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.” ―Timothy Leary

18. “You can always pick up your needle and move to another groove.” ―Timothy Leary

19. “Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time.” ―Timothy Leary

20. “Science is all metaphor.” ―Timothy Leary

21. “The most important thing you do in your life is to die.” ―Timothy Leary

22. “Intelligence is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” ―Timothy Leary

23. “Give death a better name or die trying.” ―Timothy Leary

24. “The Caterpillar cannot understand the butterfly.” ―Timothy Leary

25. “I wanted to scientize myth and mythologize science.” ―Timothy Leary

26. “Nobody ever understands what a pioneer is doing.” ―Timothy Leary

27. “My profession is I’m a dissident philosopher.” ―Timothy Leary

28. “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

29. “From my first published paper in 1946, my obsession has been to objectify inner experiences, to demystify the software of human existence. How? By relating changes in external behavior, systematically and lawfully, to changes in the brain.” ―Timothy Leary

30. “At the peak of his scientific triumphs, Newton became a ‘head,’ a student of the inner spiritual world – or in modern terms, a neurologician. Modern physicists do not dwell on this dramatic life-change in their hero.” ―Timothy Leary

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