Terence Mckenna Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old terence mckenna quotes, terence mckenna sayings, and terence mckenna proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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.     

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Chaos is roving through the system and able to undo, at any point, the best laid plans.     

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Closure is a neurotic and infantile demand to make upon reality, other people, or language.     

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Television is by nature the dominator drug par excellence. Control of content, uniformity of content, repeatability of content make it inevitably a tool of coersion, brainwashing, and manipulation.     

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As the bonfires of knowledge grow brighter, the more the darkness is revealed to our startled eyes.     

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The bigger you build the bonfire, the more darkness is revealed.     

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As a society we cannot seem to make peace with nature. As individuals, it's hard for us to be at peace with ourselves.     

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Nature is not mute, it is a man who is deaf.     

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Life must be a preparation for the transition to another dimension.     

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You put two egos together and you've either got a conflict, which is always interesting, or better yet, a love affair.     

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Biology seems to be a chemical strategy for amplifying quantum mechanical indeterminacy so that it leaves the subatomic realm and can be present in a hundred and forty five pound block of meat.     

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The apocalypse is not something which is coming. The apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet and it's only because we live within a bubble of incredible privilege and social insulation that we still have the luxury of anticipating the apocalypse.     

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The apocalypse is the millennium, and the psychedelics move you into the future.     

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Every click of the cosmic clock brings us closer to the process for which the planet called us into existence.     

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In a sense, sexuality is the built-in psychedelic experience that only a very few people manage to evade.     

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What is unusual about Earth is that language, literally, has become alive. It has infested matter. It is replicating and defining and building itself. And it is in us.     

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Alchemy is really the secret tradition of the redemption of spirit from matter.     

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Alchemy is about the generation of a psychic construct, a wholeness, a thing which has many properties, which is paradoxical, which is both mind and matter, which can do anything.     

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All information is everywhere. Information that is not here is nowhere.     

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One of the things that's so striking about shamanism in the native context is the absence of mental illness.     

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Shamanism is essentially a living tradition of alchemy that is not seeking the stone but has found the stone.     

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Shamanism is about shape shifting. Shamanism is about doing phenomenology with a tool kit that works.     

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Life lived in the absence of the psychedelic experience that primordial shamanism is based on is life trivialized, life denied, life enslaved to the ego     

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The shaman is the figure at the beginning of human history that unites the doctor, the scientist and the artist into a single notion of care-giving and creativity.     

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The shaman has access to a superhuman dimension and a superhuman condition, and by being able to do that he affirms the potential for transcendence in all people. He is an exemplar, if you will.     

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Television is by nature the dominator drug par excellence. Control of content, uniformity of content, repeatability of content make it inevitably a tool of coercion, brainwashing, and manipulation.     

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The imagination is the golden pathway to everywhere.     

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Ecstasy is not simply joy. Ecstasy is an emotion of great complexity that hovers almost on the edge of terror sometimes.     

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Ecstasy is a complex emotion containing elements of joy, fear, terror, triumph, surrender, and empathy. What has replaced our prehistoric understanding of this complex of ecstasy now is the word comfort, a tremendously bloodless notion. Drugs are not comfortable, and anyone who thinks they are comfortable or even escapist should not toy with drugs unless they're willing to get their noses rubbed in their own stuff.     

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The apocalypse is not something which is coming. The apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet and it's only because we live within a bubble of incredible privilege and social insulation that we still have the luxury of anticipating the apocalypse     

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