Yet I am still unsatisfied! I demand that he shall be developed towards the solution of his problem, and perceive that the contradictory thesis is equally true: that the most trivial, vain and fatuous events, if rightly understood, are sublime; that the slough of despond is but an optical illusion created by the shadow of the snow-pure summits of success.
I have been accused of exaggerated enthusiasm for Cabell. The more stupid and mean-minded have even explained my ardour by my appreciation of the compliment which Mr Cabell paid me by using my Gnostic Mass as the material for Chapter XXII of his Jurgen. The suggestion is utter rubbish; though, at the same time, I admit cordially that no other form of appreciation of my work would have pleased me half so well.
I regard his epic of such supreme importance to mankind as an exposition of the nature of the universe that I have not only sent him a copy of The Book of the Law in the hope that he may find in it the way out of his Buddhistic demonstration that “everything is sorrow” but followed it up by letter after letter urging him to use it, for his work cannot attain perfection until it culminates in a positive conclusion.
Aleister Crowley in The Confessions
I feel like the woman who found the lost coin. I have searched periodically for this quote on and off since I first read it. It took me forever to realize that it was in his autobiography and not in The Equinox reviews! Anyways, one of my favorite commentaries!
My profound thanks to The Flying Inn, who unearthed this marvellous quote linking Aleister Crowley and James Branch Cabell - two gentlemen who feature quite highly in my personal pantheon. Oh, and be sure to check out theflyinginn generally, because it’s chock-full of arcane subjects of compelling interest.