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H.P. Blavatsky

  • The ass of Balaam had at least the faculty of perceiving spirits, while some of those who bray in our academies and hospitals show no evidence of its possession. Sad degeneration of species!

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • in Banner of Light ()
  • Is the scraping off of a barnacle the destruction of a ship?

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • in Banner of Light ()
  • How long shall we Spiritualists be turned over like so many scapegoats to the unbelievers, by cheating mediums and speculating prophets?

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • in Banner of Light ()
  • Ridicule is the deadliest weapon of the age ...

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • in Spiritual Scientist ()
  • Spiritualism is but a baby now, an unwelcome stranger, whom public opinion, like an unnatural foster mother, tries to crush out of existence.

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • in Spiritual Scientist ()
  • Little do the devout worshippers of the Vatican suspect, when they lift up their eyes in mute adoration upon the head of their God on Earth, the Pope, that what they admire, is after all, but the caricatured head-dress, the Amazon-like helmet of Pallas Athene, the heathen goddess Minerva! In fact, there is scarcely a rite or ceremony of the christian Church that does not descend from Occultism.

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • in Spiritual Scientist ()
  • ... Public Opinion, this invisible, intangible, omnipresent, despotic tyrant; this thousand-headed Hydra — the more dangerous for being composed of individual mediocrities ...

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • in Spiritual Scientist ()
  • Civilization may progress, human nature will remain the same throughout all ages.

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • in Spiritual Scientist ()
  • The exercise of magical power is the exercise of natural powers, but superior to the ordinary functions of Nature. A miracle is not a violation of the laws of Nature, except for ignorant people. Magic is but a science, a profound knowledge of the Occult forces in Nature, and of the laws governing the visible or the invisible world. Spiritualism in the hands of an adept becomes Magic, for he is learned in the art of blending together the laws of the Universe, without breaking any of them and thereby violating Nature.

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • "The Science of Magic," in Spiritual Scientist ()
  • The Christians were the first to make the existence of Satan a dogma of the Church. ... what is the use in a Pope, if there is no Devil?

  • Dogma? Faith? These are the right and left pillars of every soul-crushing theology. Theosophists have no dogmas, exact no blind faith.

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • in The Spiritualist ()
  • Dogmas are the toys that amuse and can satisfy but unreasoning children. They are the offspring of human speculation and prejudiced fancy.

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • in The Spiritualist ()
  • Theosophy blesses the world; Theology is its curse.

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • in The Theosophist ()
  • But — drive out prejudice with a pitch-fork it will ever return.

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • in The Theosophist ()
  • That cruelest of tyrants — public opinion.

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • "A Paradoxical World," in Lucifer ()
  • Theosophy, a doctrine which teaches that all which exists is animated or informed by the Universal Soul or Spirit, and that not an atom in our universe can be outside of this omnipresent Principles — is pure Spiritualism. As to the belief that goes under that name, namely, belief in the constant communication of the living with the dead, whether through the mediumistic powers of oneself or a so-called medium — it is no better than the materialization of spirit, and the degradation of human and divine souls. Believers in such communications are simply dishonoring the dead and performing constant sacrilege.

  • The world is not prepared yet to understand the philosophy of Occult Sciences — let them assure themselves first of all that there are beings in an invisible world, whether 'Spirits' of the dead or Elementals; and that there are hidden powers in man, which are capable of making a God of him on earth.

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • 1875, in Collected Writings, vol. 1 ()
  • I have pledged my word to help people on to truth while living and — will keep my word. Let them abuse and revile me. Let some call me a medium, and a Spiritualist, and others an imposter. The day will come when posterity will learn to know me better.

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • 1875, in Collected Writings, vol. 1 ()
  • If H.S.O. does not write we will kill him — the heartless wretch!

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • diary (1878), Collected Writings, vol. 1 ()
  • The man might have become a Power, but he preferred to remain an Ass.

    • H.P. Blavatsky,
    • referring to an editor (1875), in Collected Writings, vol. 1 ()
  • The path that leadeth on is lighted by one fire — the light of daring, burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain. The more he fears, the more that light shall pale.

H.P. Blavatsky, Russian founder of the Theosophical Society

(1831 - 1891)

Full name: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, generally known as Madame Blavatsky.