From The Book of Lies by Aleister Crowley


The Universe is the Practical Joke of the General at the Expense of the Particular, quoth FRATER PERDURABO, and laughed.

But those disciples nearest to him wept, seeing the Universal Sorrow.

Those next to them laughed, seeing the Universal Joke.

Below these certain disciples wept.

Then certain laughed.

Others next wept.

Others next laughed.

Next others wept.

Next others laughed.

Last came those that wept because they could not see the Joke, and those that laughed lest they should be thought not to see the Joke, and thought it safe to act like FRATER PERDURABO.

But though FRATER PERDURABO laughed openly, He also at the same time wept secretly; and in Himself He neither laughed nor wept.

Nor did He mean what He said.

  1. Jane Potter said:

    Every time that I sit at this table and look up anything A. Crowley, my 2 cats one at a time have to sit on the desk, ironing board, move around, make noises with things on the desk and not move from this arena until I am through, these are my usually sedentary girl cats!…Holy Guardian Angels? Explain.

    • Unfortunately, the Arcana relating to cats are sealed with many terrible oaths of secrecy. There are hairballs involved.

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