What is the worst aberration? That which we ignore, gravely holding out for wisdom? That from which, when we see it, we know there is no escape?
- Bataille, Method of Medidation
Collages give you the pleasure of cutting up human beings - individuals and crowds - without shedding a drop of blood. They are the best surrogate for crime. The spirit of destruction is released, satisfied, and what remains is pleasing to the eye, odorless, and can be saved or sold.
- Ceronetti, The Silence of the Body
Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.
- Adorno, Minima Moralia
Debauchery is perhaps an act of despair in the face of infinity. - Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
Where everything is bad it must be good to know the worst.