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Quotations About / On: LUST

  • 21.
    Lust is a mysterious wound in the side of humanity; or rather, at the very source of its life! To confound this lust in man with that desire which unites the sexes is like confusing a tumor with the very organ which it devours, a tumor whose very deformity horribly reproduces the shape.
    (Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), French novelist, political writer. The Diary of a Country Priest, ch. 4 (1936).)
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  • 22.
    Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all ... ambition, cruelty, avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust.
    (Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Juliette, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 2 (1797).)
  • 23.
    The joker in the deck of lesbian fidelity is female vanity: no woman of fifty is going to undress in front of a woman of twenty no matter how much she might lust for her.
    (Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. humorist, essayist, social critic. The Florence King Reader, New York, St. Martin's Press (1995). Review of Barbara Gordon," Jennifer Fever: Older Men, Younger Women," Newsday (June 28, 1988).)
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  • 24.
    What seems to me the highest and the most difficult achievement of Art is not to make us laugh or cry, or to rouse our lust or our anger, but to do as nature does—that is, fill us with wonderment.
    (Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by Francis Steegmuller. The Selected Letters of Gustave Flaubert, letter, August 26, 1853, to Louise Colet (Farrar, Strauss and Young, 1953).)
  • 25.
    Some rule out of a lust for ruling; others, so as not to be ruled:Mto these it is merely the lesser of two evils.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 158, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Dawn, "Third Book," aphorism 181, "Ruling," (1881).)
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  • 26.
    Lust and self-mutilation are closely related impulses. There are also self-mutilators among knowers: they do not want to be creators under any circumstances.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 194, selection 5[1], number 65, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883. Originally meant to be attributed to Zarathustra in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.)
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  • 27.
    When a woman wants a man and lusts after him, the lover need not bother to conjure up opportunities, for she will find more in an hour than we men could think of in a century.
    (Pierre De Brantôme [Pierre De Bourdeille (c. 1530-1614), French courtier, soldier, author. "First Essay," The Lives of Gallant Ladies (1659).)
  • 28.
    Men decide far more problems by hate, love, lust, rage, sorrow, joy, hope, fear, illusion, or some other inward emotion than by reality, authority, any legal standard, judicial precedent, or statute.
    (Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De Oratore, III, 100.)
  • 29.
    It is a monstrous thing that I will say, but I will say it all the same: I find in many things more restraint and order in my morals than in my opinions, and my lust less depraved than my reason.
    (Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Cruelty," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 11, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).)
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  • 30.
    Democracy is the menopause of Western society, the Grand Climacteric of the body social. Fascism is its middle-aged lust.
    (Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 1 (1987, trans. 1990).)
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