Timothy Leary

  • American educator
  • Born October 22, 1920
  • Died May 31, 1996

Timothy Francis Leary (October 22, 1920 – May 31, 1996) was an American psychologist and writer known for advocating the exploration of the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs under controlled conditions. As a clinical psychologist at Harvard University, Leary conducted experiments under the Harvard Psilocybin Project in 1960–62 (LSD and psilocybin were still legal in the United States at the time), resulting in the Concord Prison Experiment and the Marsh Chapel Experiment. The scientific legitimacy and ethics of his research were questioned by other Harvard faculty because he took psychedelics together with research subjects and pressured students in his class to take psychedelics in the research studies.

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.

Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.

My advice to people today is as follows: if you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out.

Think for yourself and question authority.

I've left specific instructions that I do not want to be brought back during a Republican administration.

If you don't like what you're doing, you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove.

Turn on, Tune in, Drop out.

Turn on, Tune in, Drop out.

The universe is an intelligence test.

Science is all metaphor.

There are three side effects of acid: enhanced long-term memory, decreased short-term memory, and I forget the third.

You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind.

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time.

We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.

You can always pick up your needle and move to another groove.