‘‘The dangerous passion for absolute purity.’’
— Anna Kamienska.
Jacques Fabien Gautier d’Agoty (1746).
Master of the Lindau Lamentation – Man of Sorrow (1430)
‘‘you destroyed a torturable body.’’
– Bertolt Brecht, On the Suicide of the Refugee W.B.
Moise si rugul aprins
Atelierul de icoane Karatzas
Lithograph by Auguste Leroux for the 1920 edition of Joris-Karl Huysmans – À rebours (1884).
His contempt for humanity grew fiercer, and at last he came to realize that the world is made up mostly of fools and scoundrels. It became perfectly clear to him that he could entertain no hope of finding in someone else the same aspirations and antipathies; no hope of linking up with a mind which, like his own, took pleasure in a life of studious decrepitude.
— Joris-Karl Huysmans, Against Nature.
Platon (ca Dionysus) (mid 1st c. BC)
Villa Papyri, Herculaneum.