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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
The sovereign being is burdened with a servitude that crushes him, and the condition of free men is deliberate servility.

R
Life has always taken place in a tumult without apparent cohesion, but it only finds its grandeur and its reality in ecstasy and in ecstatic love.
A
To place oneself in the position of God is painful: being God is equivalent to being tortured. For being God means that one is in harmony with all that is, including the worst. The existence of the worst evils is unimaginable unless God willed them.
N
Sacrifice is nothing other than the production of sacred things.
K
Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled; not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaning it.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: L'Abbé C, pt. 4, "The Diary of Chianine" (1950).
R: "The Sacred Conspiracy," in Acéphale, no. 1 (Paris, 1 June 1936; repr. in Visions of Excess: Selected Writings 1927-1939, ed. by Allan Stoekl, 1985).
A: "Bataille, Feydeau and God," interview with Marguerite Duras in France-Observateur (1957; repr. in Duras, Outside: Selected Writings, 1984).
N: "The Notion of Expenditure," in La Critique Sociale (Paris, Jan. 1933; repr. in Visions of Excess: Selected Writings 1927 --1939, ed. by Allan Stoekl, 1985).
K: Eroticism, ch. 13 (1962).
   


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