Quotations From MICHEL LEIRIS

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  • Nothing seems more like a whorehouse to me than a museum. In it you find the same equivocal aspect, the same frozen quality.
    Michel Leiris (1901-1990), French anthropologist, author. "Brothels and Museums," ch. 2, Manhood (1946, trans. 1963).
  • Dream is not a revelation. If a dream affords the dreamer some light on himself, it is not the person with closed eyes who makes the discovery but the person with open eyes lucid enough to fit thoughts together. Dream—a scintillating mirage surrounded by shadows—is essentially poetry.
    Michel Leiris (1901-1990), French anthropologist, author. Quoted in Roger Shattuck, Nights as Day, Days as Nights, Introduction (1961).

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