Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch
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Cats exercise . . . a magic influence upon highly developed men of intellect. This is why these long-tailed Graces of the animal kingdom, these adorable, scintillating electric batteries have been the favorite animal of a Mohammed, Cardinal Richlieu, Crebillon, Rousseau, Wieland.

Nature admits of no permanence in the relation between man and woman. . . . It is only manís egoism that wants to keep woman like some buried treasure. All endeavors to introduce permanence in love, the most changeable thing in this changeable human existence, have gone shipwreck in spite of religious ceremonies, vows, and legalities.

Man is the one who desires, woman the one who is desired. This is womanís entire but decisive advantage. Through manís passions, nature has given man into womanís 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.



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