"Do what thou wilt" shall be the whole of the law.
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submitted by SylphofLight, February 22, 2015
The law of Thelema, as developed in the early 1900s by Aleister Crowley, a British occultist, mystic, poet, and social provocateur. Detailed in I:40 of Crowley's The Book of the Law (1904). This famous statement derives from several historic precedents, including that of François Rabelais in describing the rule of his Abbey of Thélème in Gargantua and Pantagruel: Fait ce que vouldras (Do what thou wilt), which was later used by the Hellfire Club established by Sir Francis Dashwood. It is also similar to the Wiccan proverb: An ye harm none, do what thou wilt; but the oldest known statement of a similar assertion is that of St. Augustine of Hippo: Love, and do what thou wilt.
This quote was added November 29, 2007.