Debauchery is perhaps an act of despair in the face of infinity.
(Edmond De Goncourt (1822-1896), French writer, and Jules De Goncourt (1830-1870), French writer. repr. In Pages from the Goncourt Journal, ed. Robert Baldick (1962). The Goncourt Journals (1888-1896).
Entry for July 30, 1861.)
The various forms of despair at the various stations on the road.
(Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, November 30, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)