Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont
Quotations


It is a power stronger than will. . . . Could a stone escape from the laws of gravity? Impossible. Impossible, for evil to form an alliance with good.

Throughout my life, I have seen narrow-shouldered men, without a single exception, committing innumerable stupid acts, brutalizing their fellows and perverting souls by all means. They call the motive for their actions fame.

The great universal family of men is a utopia worthy of the most mediocre logic.

Despair, feeding, as it always does, on phantasmagoria, is imperturbably leading literature to the rejection, en masse, of all divine and social laws, towards practical and theoretical evil.

Sleep is a reward for some, a punishment for others. For all, it is a sanction.

Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt . . . doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness.

Taste is the fundamental quality which sums up all the other qualities. It is the nec plus ultra of the intelligence. Through this alone is genius the supreme health and balance of all the faculties.

When I write down my thoughts, they do not escape me. This action makes me remember my strength which I forget at all times. I educate myself proportionately to my captured thought. I aim only to distinguish the contradiction between my mind and nothingness.

Throughout the centuries, man has considered himself beautiful. . . . I rather suppose that man only believes in his own beauty out of pride; that he is not really beautiful and he suspects this himself; for why does he look on the face of his fellow-man with such scorn?



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