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Quotation for the Day May 7, 2014

Posted by Summerspeaker in Despair.

Reinaldo Arenas, Before Night Falls, 194:

Sexual pleasure often exacts a high price; sooner or later we pay with years of sorrow for every moment of pleasure. It’s not God’s vengeance but that of the Devil, the enemy of everything beautiful. Beauty has always been dangerous. Martí said that everyone who is the bearer of light remains alone; I would say that anyone who takes part in certain acts of beauty is eventually destroyed.

This matches my experience – which differs markedly from Arenas’s – but I’d extend the dynamic to pleasure in general. Whether from a marathon gaming session, sexual encounter, riot, or big meal, enjoyment too commonly entails future suffering.


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