Leopold von Sacher-Masoch Quotes

You modern men you children of reason cannot begin to appreciate love as pure bliss and divine serenity.

You know how to paint pleasure cruelty arrogance in glowing colors.

Why become well-versed in science and the arts if not to impress a lovely little woman?

Pleasure alone makes existence worthwhile. A pleasure-seeker has a difficult time parting from life.

Alas woman is faithful as long as she loves but you demand that she be faithful without love and give herself without enjoyment. Who is cruel then woman or man?

A real apple is more beautiful than a painted one and a live woman is more beautiful than a Venus of stone.

Above all else I am a dilettante in life.

You have corrupted my imagination and inflamed my blood...

Oh you are the kind of man who will corrupt a woman to her very last fiber.

Man desires woman is desired.

So â? Wanda cried â??a woman in furs is nothing more than a large cat a charged electric battery?

Be then my slave and know what it means to be delivered into the hands of a woman.

You cannot deny that love lasts for only a brief moment uniting two beings as a single being that is capable of only one thought one sensation one will.

There is no describing the feeling of being mistreated by a successful rival in front of the woman you worship.

Venus in Furs has caught his soul in the red snares of hair. He will paint her and go mad.

Every woman has the instinct the propensity to profit from her charms and there's a lot to be said for giving oneself without love without pleasure.

All about us the earth steamed; mists rose up toward heaven like clouds of incense; a shattered rainbow still hovered in the air.

You are cold while you yourself fan flames.

The true comic muse is the one with tears running down under her laughing mask.

Never feel safe with the woman you love for a woman's nature conceals more dangers than you think.

Despite all the progress of civilization women have remained exactly as they emerged from the hand of Nature.

Whoever allows himself to be whipped deserves to be whipped.

The moral of the tale is this: whoever allows himself to be whipped deserves to be whipped.

Desire followed the glance pleasure followed desire

I love her passionately with a morbid intensity; madly as one can only love a woman who never responds to our love with anything but an eternally uniform eternally calm stony smile.

A slap in the face is more effective than ten lectures. It makes you understand very quickly.

We are faithful as long as we love but youdemand faithfulness of a woman without love and the giving ofherself without enjoyment. Who is cruel there--woman or man?

Love knows no virtue no merit; it loves and forgives and tolerates everything because it must. We are not guided by reason...

The person who doesn't know how to subjugate will all too quickly feel the other's foot on the nape of his neck.

Watch out I have a large very large fur with which I could cover you up entirely and I have a mind to catch you in it as in a net.

Now her eyes meet mine like green lightning-they are green these eyes of hers whose power is so indescribable-green but as are precious stones or deep unfathomable mountain lakes.

Every man--I know this--turns weak pliant ridiculous as soon as he's in love.

The struggle of the spirit against the senses is the gospel of modern man. I do not wish to have any part in it.

My heart is a void dead and this makes me sad.