Monday, April 21, 2008
The desire for a double of the other sex that resembles us absolutely while still being other, for a magical creature who is ourself while possessing the advantage, over all our imaginings, of an autonomous existence . . . We find traces of it in even the most banal circumstances of love: in the attraction linked to any change, any disguise, as in the importance of unison and the repetition of the self in other . . . The great, the implacable amorous passions are all linked to the fact that a being imagines he sees his most secret self spying upon him behind the curtain of another's eyes.
Robert Musil, quoted in The Art of Seduction (Robert Greene)
Posted by Lethe at 3:46 PM
Labels: passions, repetition of the self, Robert Musil