Quotations From COMTE DE LAUTRÉAMONT, ISIDORE DUCASSE

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  • 1.
    Sleep is a reward for some, a punishment for others. For all, it is a sanction.
    Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (1846-70), French author, poet. Poésies, ch. 2 (1870).

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  • 2.
    Taste is the fundamental quality which sums up all the other qualities. It is the nec plus ultra of the intelligence. Through this alone is genius the supreme health and balance of all the faculties.
    Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (1846-1870), French author, poet. Poésies, ch. 1 (1870).

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  • 3.
    Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt ... doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness.
    Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (1846-1870), French author, poet. Poésies, ch. 1 (1870).

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  • 4.
    The great universal family of men is a utopia worthy of the most mediocre logic.
    Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (1846-1870), French author, poet. Maldoror, bk. 1, ch. 9 (1870, trans. 1978).

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  • 5.
    Despair, feeding, as it always does, on phantasmagoria, is imperturbably leading literature to the rejection, en masse, of all divine and social laws, towards practical and theoretical evil.
    Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (1846-1870), French author, poet. Poems, pt. 1 (1870).

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  • 6.
    Throughout my life, I have seen narrow-shouldered men, without a single exception, committing innumerable stupid acts, brutalizing their fellows and perverting souls by all means. They call the motive for their actions fame.
    Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (1846-1870), French author, poet. Maldoror, bk. 1, ch. 5 (1870, trans. 1978).

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  • 7.
    It is a power stronger than will.... Could a stone escape from the laws of gravity? Impossible. Impossible, for evil to form an alliance with good.
    Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (1846-1870), French author, poet. Maldoror, bk. 1, ch. 3 (1870, trans. 1978).

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