Alice Bailey

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Alice Ann Bailey (June 16, 1880December 15, 1949), born Alice LaTrobe Bateman, was a writer on spiritual, occult and religious themes. She was among the earliest authors to popularize the terms "New Age" and "Age of Aquarius."


  • I heard what I thought was a clear note of music which sounded from the sky, through the hill and in me. Then I heard a voice which said, "There are some books which it is desired should be written for the public. You can write them. Will you do so?" Without a moment's notice I said, "Certainly not. I'm not a darned psychic and I don't want to be drawn into anything like that."
    • Autobiography, p. 162.
  • The experience of my five years made me feel that things were futile so I decided that if I bumped down the stone kitchen steps from top to bottom … I would probably be dead at the end. I did not succeed … As I went on in life, I made two other efforts to put an end to things, only to discover it is a very difficult thing to commit suicide.… I tried to smother myself with sand when I was around eleven years old, but sand in one's mouth, nose and eyes is not comfortable and I decided to postpone the happy day.
    • Autobiography, p. 21.

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