"I wanted to be a philosopher. Aristotle,
Plato, Voltaire and all these guys who were out there in nirvana.
I discovered as I grew up that I was different. Life was to have
adventures and quests and Huckleberry Finn."
"He was some kind of Zelig among the Zeitgeist.
Whatever was going on in the culture, it was something he could
not help but emulate. In the 40s he was a cadet at West Point,
in the 50s he was a tweedy college professor, in the 60s he was
Timothy Leary, which was exactly right for that time. In the 70s
he was a political prisoner and in the 80s he lived in Beverley
Hills and hung out at Spago. He found a place in whatever was
going on around him."
--John Perry Barlow
"A true visionary of the potential of
the human mind and spirit."
--William S. Burroughs
"Dr. Leary is a hero of American consciousness."
"He was a warrior for freedom right to
the end. His contribution to freedom for one's life has now kind
of extended into fighting for freedom for one's death. Leary always
hated to be hemmed in by other people's fears. And I think the
way he performed this death over the last six months has been
quite remarkable and courageous and important and funny."
"One of the gazillion ...things I learned
from Tim in my 24 years of knowing him, and particularly during
these last few months, is how noble, beautiful and funny a person
can be when faced with death. It made me less afraid."