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Crime is a fact of the human species, a fact of that specieas 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 Trial of Gilles de Rais

The great monuments are raised up like dams, pitting the logic of majesty and authority against all the shady elements: it is in the form of cathedrals and palaces that Church and State speak and impose silence on the multitudes.

GEORGES BATAILLE, "Architecture"

Sacrifice is nothing other than the production of sacred things.

GEORGES BATAILLE, "The Notion of Expenditure", La Critique Sociale

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, attributed, "The Dualist Materialism of Georges Bataille", On Bataille


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