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Georges Bataille Quotes and Sayings

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Sacrifice is nothing other than the production of sacred things.
- Georges Bataille

Eroticism is assenting to life even in death.
- Georges Bataille

I believe that truth has only one face:
that of a violent contradiction.
- Georges Bataille

Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit,
to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison.
- Georges Bataille

 

Life has always taken place in a tumult without apparent cohesion,
but it only finds its grandeur and its reality in ecstasy and in ecstatic love.
- Georges Bataille

The sovereign being is burdened with a servitude that crushes him,
and the condition of free men is deliberate servility.
- Georges Bataille

Naturally, love's the most distant possibility.
- Georges Bataille

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Each of us is incomplete compared to someone else -
an animal's incomplete compared to a person...
and a person compared to God, who is complete only to be imaginary.
- Georges Bataille

Crime is a fact of the human species,
a fact of that species alone, but it is above all the secret aspect,
impenetrable and hidden.
Crime hides, and by far the most terrifying things
are those which elude us.
- Georges Bataille

The anguish of the neurotic individual is the same as that of the saint.
The neurotic, the saint are engaged in the same battle.
Their blood flows from similar wounds.
But the first one gasps and the other one gives.
- Georges Bataille

The essence of morality is a questioning about morality;
and the decisive move of human life is to use ceaselessly
all light to look for the origin of the opposition between good and evil.
- Georges Bataille

Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams,
but in violence.
It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage;
whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons,
or whether one wants to overturn them.
- Georges Bataille

To place oneself in the position of God is painful:
being God is equivalent to being tortured.
For being God means that one is in harmony with all that is,
including the worst.
The existence of the worst evils is unimaginable unless God willed them.
- Georges Bataille

A judgment about life has no meaning except the truth
of the one who speaks last,
and the mind is at ease only at the moment when everyone
is shouting at once and no one can hear a thing.
- Georges Bataille

Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it.
- Sai Baba

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sacrifice everything, and give up nothing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you make the sacrifice in marriage,
you're sacrificing not to each other
but to unity in a relationship.
- Joseph Campbell

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice,
and is never the result of selfishness.
- Napoleon Hill

Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity
are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The ultimate test of a man's conscience
may be his willingness to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
- Gaylord Nelson

He who would accomplish much must sacrifice much.
- James Allen

Football is like life - it requires perseverance,
self-denial, hard work, sacrifice,
dedication and respect for authority.
- Vince Lombardi

The law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world.
To be effective it demands the sacrifice
of the bravest and the most spotless.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment,
to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
- Charles Du Bos (1882-1939), from his book Approximations (1922)
(not Charles DuBois or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

A man who was completely innocent,
offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others,
including his enemies,
and became the ransom of the world.
It was a perfect act.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Consider a parent who says,
"Look at the sacrifices I'm making so you can have a better life."
Contrast that with another parent who demonstrates
living a great life every day.
Self-sacrifice is not a virtue.
Living a great life and sharing that life with others
is the noble way to live.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable...
Every step toward the goal of justice
requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle;
the tireless exertions and
passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

When bad men combine, the good must associate;
else they will fall one by one,
an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
- Edmund Burke

If physical death is the price
that I must pay to free my brothers and sisters
from a permanent death of the spirit,
then nothing can be more redemptive.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is not enough to say we must not wage war.
It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.
- Bob Riley

We don't have to sacrifice a strong economy for a healthy environment.
- Dennis Weaver

If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men
for the criticism of one,
go ahead, get married.
- Katharine Hepburn

To venture upon an undertaking of any kind,
even the most insignificant, is to sacrifice to envy.
- Emile M. Cioran

The only principles of public conduct that are worthy
of a gentleman or a man are to sacrifice estate,
ease, health, and applause, and even life,
to the sacred calls of his country.
- James Otis

Love always involves responsibility,
and love always involves sacrifice.
And we do not really love Christ unless we are prepared
to face His task and to take up His Cross.
- William Barclay

The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice
for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.
- Jeff Miller

Sweat plus sacrifice equals success.
- Charles O. Finley

My son is not wild about going back to Iraq,
but he'd sure rather do that than sacrifice all that
he and his fellow soldiers have accomplished by leaving
too early and inviting chaos.
- Kit Bond

When I'm working on a movie, I will make any sacrifice to finish it.
- Richard King

Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good
in the hope of retaining another -
too often ending in the loss of both.
- Tryon Edwards

I see the Jedi mission as giving up a normal life in
exchange for protecting the innocent.
It's a life of sacrifice.
There are rewards, but also a certain degree of sterility.
- Alan Dean Foster

Man is immortal, not because he alone among creatures
has an inexhaustible voice,
but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion
and sacrifice and endurance.
- Morgan Freeman

That every person is desirous to obtain,
with as little sacrifice as possible,
as much as possible of the articles of wealth.
- Nassau William Senior

A good sacrifice is one that is not necessarily sound
but leaves your opponent dazed and confused.
- Nigel Short

The only question to ask yourself is,
how much are you willing to sacrifice to achieve this success?
- Larry Flynt

Not in purity or in holiness merely,
for in Paradise man was holy,
and he shall be holy when redeemed through the sacrifice
of Christ and made an heir of heaven.
- Matthew Simpson

A military coup needs a sacrifice and courage that
you can't find in an army without morale.
- Jalal Talabani

Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team,
I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team,
not the individual, is the ultimate champion.
- Mia Hamm

I am ready to sacrifice everything in completing the
unfinished agenda of our noble jihad...
until there is no bloodshed in Afghanistan and Islam
becomes a way of life for our people.
- Mohammed Omar

It was not a religion that attacked us that September day.
It was al-Qaeda.
We will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker
down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust.
- Barack Obama

This inevitability of conflict motivates us today and
echoes the reminder that freedom is not given away
and our national security is not achieved without sacrifice.
- Jim Walsh

Let others laugh when you sacrifice desire to duty,
if they will.
You have time and eternity to rejoice in.
- Theodore Parker

The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for
any other kind of happiness.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Freedom is a right ultimately defended by the sacrifice
of America's servicemen and women.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

Love is not a feeling of happiness.
Love is a willingness to sacrifice.
- Michael Novak

Prosperity or egalitarianism - you have to choose.
I favor freedom - you never achieve real equality anyway:
you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

Mankind deserves sacrifice - but not of mankind.
- Stanislaw Lec

Oh yeah, I mean every fighter has got be dedicated,
learn how to sacrifice, know what the devotion is all about,
make sure you're paying attention and studying your art.
- Marvin Hagler

I am not someone who sacrifice all for the cinema,
my life will be always more important.
- Natalie Portman

If you feel very deeply about something,
it's not possible to sacrifice your integrity about that.
- Trevor Nunn

The word that best sums up this team is sacrifice.
- Hugh Douglas

All of our energy should be in sacrifice and services.
Suffering, at least.
- Richard Gere

No mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain,
for economic advantage, for ideology.
- Ronald Reagan

There is no rank in sacrifice.
- Josephus Daniels

I have worshipped woman as the living embodiment
of the spirit of service and sacrifice.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

In everyday things the law of sacrifice takes the form of positive duty.
- James Anthony Froude

I never advise anyone to sacrifice something else because of music,
but then I don't see why they would have to anyway.
- Mick Taylor

It is far more difficult to be simple than to be complicated;
far more difficult to sacrifice skill and easy execution in the proper place,
than to expand both indiscriminately.
- John Ruskin


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