Quotations About / On: LUST

  • 31.
    Lust gratifies its flames in the chambers of the sacristans more often than in the houses of ill-fame.
    (Marcus Minucius Felix (2nd or 3rd cen. A.D.), Roman Christian apologist. Octavius, 25. 11, trans. by G.H. Rendell.)
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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.
    (Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Syrian-born U.S. poet, novelist. "On Houses," The Prophet (1923).)
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  • 34.
    The most violent appetites in all creatures are lust and hunger; the first is a perpetual call upon them to propagate their kind, the latter to preserve themselves.
    (Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. Spectator (London, July 18, 1711).)
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  • 35.
    I can imagine myself on my death-bed, spent utterly with lust to touch the next world, like a boy asking for his first kiss from a woman.
    (Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 54 (1929, rev. 1970).)
  • 36.
    If you live in rock and roll, as I do, you see the reality of sex, of male lust and women being aroused by male lust. It attracts women. It doesn't repel them.
    (Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. repr. As "The Rape Debate" in Sex, Art, and American Culture (1992). Interview in Playboy (Chicago, October 1991).)
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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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).)
  • 40.
    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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