Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled; not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaining it
In order to reach the limits of ecstasy in which we lose ourselves in bliss we must always set an immediate boundary to it: horror. Not only can pain, my own or that of other people, carry me nearer to the moment when horror will seize hold of me and bring me to a state of bordering on delirium, but there is no kind of repugnance whose affinity with desire I do not discern
Obscenity is our name for the uneasiness which upsets the physical state associated with self-possession, with the possession of a recognized and stable individuality
Eroticism has a sacramental character, but the physical and the emotional are to be met with outside the religious sphere proper, while the quest for continuity of existence systematically pursued beyond the immediate world signifies an essentially religious intention
Human sexual activity is not necessarily erotic but erotic
it is whenever it is not rudimentary and purely animal.
My first words may make the unwary reader think that
we have in mind some intellectual adventure.
I do not think that man has much chance of throwing light in
the things that terrify him before he has dominated them.
Sexuality with shame ... gave birth to eroticism ...