1846-1870, French Author, Poet
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.
Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont – [Literature]
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.
Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont – [Evil]
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.
Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont – [Sorrow]
Sleep is a reward for some, a punishment for others. For all, it is a sanction.
Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont – [Sleep]
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.
Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont – [Taste]
The great universal family of men is a utopia worthy of the most mediocre logic.
Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont – [Human Fellowship]
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.
Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont – [Fame]
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?
Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont – [Vanity]
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.
Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont – [Thoughts and Thinking]