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Georges Bataille

There is always some limit which the individual accepts. He identifies this limit with himself. Horror seizes him at the thought that this limit may cease to be. But we are wrong to take this limit and the individual’s acceptance of it seriously. The limit is only there to be overreached. Fear and horror are not the real and final reaction; on the contrary, they are a temptation to overstep the bounds. — Georges Bataille, Erotism: Death and Sensuality. (City Lights Publishers; Reprint edition, January 1, 1986) Originally published 1957.

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