Quotes

11 November 2014
Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
11 November 2014
It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it.
11 November 2014
Are we not madder than those first inhabitants of the plain of Sennar? We know that the distance separating the earth from the sky is infinite, and yet we do not stop building our tower.
11 November 2014
There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict on a woman with impunity in civilized societies.
11 November 2014
I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don't remember ever having seen one weep.
11 November 2014
We are constantly railing against the passions; we ascribe to them all of man's afflictions, and we forget that they are also the source of all his pleasures.
11 November 2014
When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music.
11 November 2014
To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly. What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures himself like a madman in order to desire nothing, love nothing, feel nothing, and who, if he succeeded, would end up a complete monster!
11 November 2014
Power acquired by violence is only a usurpation, and lasts only as long as the force of him who commands prevails over that of those who obey.
11 November 2014
No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings.

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