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Georges Bataille
(1897-1962) born on
Sep 10
French librarian, essayist, moralist, poet, novelist. His essays, novels, and poetry expressed his fascination with eroticism, mysticism, and the irrational.
         
   
F
Crime is a fact of the human species, a fact of that species alone, but it is above all the secret aspect, impenetrable and hidden. Crime hides, and by far the most terrifying things are those which elude us.

R
Sanity is the lot of those who are most obtuse, for lucidity destroys one's equilibrium: it is unhealthy to honestly endure the labors of the mind which incessantly contradict what they have just established.
A
Naturally, love's the most distant possibility.
N
Each of us is incomplete compared to someone else -- an animal's incomplete compared to a person. . . and a person compared to God, who is complete only to be imaginary.
K
At man's core there's a voice that wants him never to give in to fear. But if it is true that in general man cannot give in to fear, at the very least he postpones indefinitely the moment when he will have to confront himself with the object of his fear.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: The Trial of Gilles de Rais, "The Tragedy of Gilles de Rais: Sacred Monster" (1965; rev. 1991).
R: L'Abbé C, pt. 2, ch. 17 (1950).
A: La Somme Athéologique, vol. 2, Guilty, "Alleluia," sct. 4 (1944).
N: La Somme Athéologique, vol. 2, Guilty, "Friends," ch. 3 (1944).
K: "Le Mal dans le Platonisme et le Sadisme," lecture, 1947. Quoted in: Jean-Michel Heimont, On Bataille, "Two Values of Sade in Bataille's Text" (ed. by Alan Stoekl, 1990).
   


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