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xmag.com : August 2005 : by Jim Goad



Quotes from Philosophy in the Bedroom
(1795), by the Marquis de Sade:

“Nature has endowed each of us with a capacity for kindly feelings—let us not squander them on others. “

“What a weak fellow, this God! How able he was to mold all that we know and to fail to form man in his own guise!”

“It has pleased Nature so to make us that we attain happiness only by way of pain. But once vanquished and had this way, nothing can taste the joy one tastes upon the entrance of this member into our ass; it is a pleasure incontestably superior to any sensation procured by this same introduction in front.”

“Fuck, Eugenie, fuck, my angel; your body is your own, yours alone; in all the world there is but yourself who has the right to enjoy it as you see fit.”

“To lie is always a necessity for women; above all when they choose to deceive, falsehood becomes vital for them.”

“I ask…how a sincere individual will not always founder in a society of false people.”

“…I should cease to be your friend the instant you were to become pregnant.”

“…there is no doubt that we are much more keenly affected by pain than by pleasure…”

“Let us no longer be the dupes of this rubbish: We owe nothing to our parents….”

“Those laws, being forged for universal application, are in perpetual conflict with personal interest, just as personal interest is always in contradiction with the general interest.”

“Is murder then a crime against society? But how could that be reasonably imagined? What difference does it make to this murderous society, whether it have one member more, or less?”

“I say then that women, having been endowed with considerably more violent penchants for carnal desire than we, will be able to give themselves over to it wholeheartedly, absolutely free of all encumbering hymeneal ties, of all false notions of modesty, absolutely restored to a state of Nature; I want laws permitting them to give themselves over to as many men as they see fit.....”

“The greatest of men lean toward sodomy.”

“May this example serve to remind you that your daughter is old enough to do what she wants; that she likes to fuck, loves to fuck, that she was born to fuck, and that, if you do not wish to be fucked yourself, the best thing for you to do is to let her do what she wants.”


Quotes from Venus in Furs (1870), by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch:

Whichever of the two fails to subjugate will soon feel the feet of the other on his neck...“

“Man is the one who desires, woman is the one who is desired. This is woman’s entire but decisive advantage. Through man’s passion, nature has given man into woman’s hands, and the woman who does not know how to make him her subject, her slave, her toy, and how to betray him with a smile in the end is not wise.”

“But at times he had violent attacks of sudden passion and gave the impression of being about to ram his head through a wall. At such times everyone preferred to get out of his way.”

“He has only one choice: to be the tyrant over or the slave of woman. As soon as he gives in, his neck is under the yoke, and the lash will soon fall upon him.”

“It runs—well—one is either very polite to one’s self or very rude.”

“And every man—I know this very well—as soon as he falls in love becomes weak, pliable, ridiculous.”

“If I am not permitted to enjoy the happiness of love, fully and wholly, I want to taste its pains and torments to the very dregs; I want to be maltreated and betrayed by the woman I love, and the more cruelly the better. This, too, is a luxury.”

“Never feel secure with the woman you love, for there are more dangers in woman’s nature than you imagine.”

“Man, even when he is selfish or evil, always follows principles, woman never follows anything but impulses.”

“I seem like a little captive mouse with which a beautiful cat prettily plays. She is ready at any moment to tear it to pieces, and my heart of a mouse threatens to burst.”

“‘Very well then, be my slave,’ she replied, ‘but don’t forget that I no longer love you, and your love doesn’t mean any more to me than a dog’s, and dogs are to be kicked.’”

“Pleasure alone lends value to existence; whoever enjoys does not easily part from life, whoever suffers or is needy meets death like a friend.”

“’Each one of us in the end is a Samson,’ I thought, ‘and ultimately for better or worse is betrayed by the woman he loves, whether she wears an ordinary coat or sables.’”

“But the moral?”
“That woman, as nature has created her, and as man at present is educating her, is man’s enemy. She can only be his slave or his despot, but never his companion.”

“The moral of the tale is this: Whoever allows himself to be whipped, deserves to be whipped.”





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