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Mundus Vult Decipi

Friday, April 11, 2008   |   Literature
The original quotation is ascribed to Petronius and reads, "Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur" or "The world wishes to be deceived, therefore let it be deceived." Mr. Cabell may have first read it in Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, where it is written, "Si mundus vult decipi, decipiatur."

In James Branch Cabell's Biography of Manuel, the emblem of Manuel, which is the primary image associated with this series of novels, displays "Mundus Vult Decipi" as its motto.

  • Mundus Decipit
    Latin for "The world deceives"

  • Mundus Vult Decipi
    Latin for "The world wishes to be deceived."