Quotes from Venus in Furs

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch ·  160 pages

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“You have corrupted my imagination and inflamed my blood...”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“Love knows no virtue, no merit; it loves and forgives and tolerates everything because it must. We are not guided by reason...”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“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?”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“You have a curious way of arousing one's imagination, stimulating all one's nerves, and making one's pulses beat faster. You put an aureole on vice, provided only if it is honest. Your ideal is a daring courtesan of genius. Oh, you are the kind of man who will corrupt a woman to her very last fiber.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“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.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs



“A slap in the face is more effective than ten lectures. It makes you understand very quickly.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“Why not?" she said, "and take note of what I am about to say to you. Never feel secure with the woman you love, for there are more dangers in woman's nature than you imagine. Women are neither as good as their admirers and defenders maintain, nor as bad as their enemies make them out to be. Woman's character is characterlessness. The best woman will momentarily go down into the mire, and the worst unexpectedly rises to deeds of greatness and goodness and puts to shame those that despise her. No woman is so good or so bad, but that at any moment she is capable of the most diabolical as well as of the most divine, of the filthiest as well as of the purest, thoughts, emotions, and actions. In spite of all the advances of civilization, woman has remained as she came out of the hand of nature. She has the nature of a savage, who is faithful or faithless, magnanimous or cruel, according to the impulse that dominates at the moment. Throughout history it has always been a serious deep culture which has produced moral character. Man even when he is selfish or evil always follows principles, woman never follows anything but impulses. Don't ever forget that, and never feel secure with the woman you love.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“Desire followed the glance, pleasure followed desire”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“The individual who rebels against the arrangements of society is ostracized, branded, stoned. So be it. I am willing to take the risk; my principles are very pagan. I will live my own life as it pleases me. I am willing to do without your hypocritical respect; I prefer to be happy.
The inventors of the Christian marriage have done well, simultaneously to invent immortality. I, however, have no wish to live eternally. When with my last breath everything as far as Wanda von Dunajew is concerned comes to an end here below, what does it profit me whether my pure spirit joins the choirs of angels, or whether my dust goes into the formation of new beings?
Shall I belong to one man whom I don't love, merely because I have once loved him? No, I do not renounce; I love everyone who pleases me, and give happiness to everyone who loves me.
Is that ugly? No, it is more beautiful by far.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“The moral of the tale is this: whoever allows himself to be whipped,
deserves to be whipped.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs



“Love knows no virtue, no profit; it loves and forgives and suffers
everything, because it must. It is not our judgment that leads us;
it is neither the advantages nor the faults which we discover, that
make us abandon ourselves, or that repel us.

It is a sweet, soft, enigmatic power that drives us on. We cease to
think, to feel, to will; we let ourselves be carried away by it, and
ask not whither?”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“So,” Wanda cried, “a woman in furs is nothing more than a large cat, a charged electric battery?”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“You are cold, while you yourself fan flames.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“Why become well-versed in science and the arts if not to impress a lovely little woman?”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“Venus in Furs has caught his soul in the red snares of hair. He will paint her, and go mad.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs



“I can easily imagine belonging to one man for my entire life, but he would have to be a whole man, a man who would dominate me, who would subjugate me by his inate strength. And every man—I know this very well—as soon as he falls in love becomes weak, pliable, ridiculous. He puts himself into the woman's hands, kneels down before her. The only man whom I could love permanently would be he before whom I should have to kneel.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“My heart is a void, dead, and this makes me sad.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“Dangerous forces lie within me. You awaken them, and not to your advantage. You know how to paint pleasure, cruelty, arrogance in glowing colors.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“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.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“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.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs



“I imagine that the goddess of Love has come down from Olympus to visit a mortal. So as not to die of cold in this modern world of ours, she wraps her sublime body in great heavy furs and warms her feet on the prostrate body of her lover. I imagine the favorite of this beautiful despot, who is whipped when his mistress grows tired of kissing him, and whose love only grows more intense the more he is trampled underfoot. I shall call the picture "Venus in Furs”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“Above all else I am a dilettante in life.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“Until then I had lived as I had painted and versified - that is, I never got far beyond priming canvas, beyond penning an outline, a first act, a first stanza. There are simply people who start all sorts of things and yet never finish any of them. And that was the kind of person I was.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“You modern men, you children of reason, cannot begin to appreciate love as pure bliss and divine serenity.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“The struggle of the spirit against the senses is the gospel of modern man. I do not wish to have any part in it.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs



“Yes, I am cruel—since you take so much delight in that word-and am I not entitled to be so? Man is the one who desires, woman the one who is desired. This is woman's entire but decisive advantage. Through his passion nature has given man into woman's hands, and the woman who does not know how to make him her subject, her slave, her toy, and how to betray him with a smile in the end is not wise.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“Woman's power lies in man's passion, and she knows how to use it, if man doesn't understand himself. He has only one choice: to be the tyrant over or the slave of woman.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“The presence of cats exercises such a magic influence upon highly organized men of intellect. This is why these long-tailed Graces of the animal kingdom...have been the favorite animal of a Mahommed, Cardinal Richelieu, Crebillon, Rousseau, Wieland.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“You are cold, while you yourself fan flames. By all means wrap yourself in your despotic furs, there is no one to whom they are more appropriate, cruel goddess of love and of beauty”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs


“Las grandes pasiones parten de la antítesis.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, quote from Venus in Furs



About the author

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
Born place: in Lemberg (Lviv), Austria
Born date January 27, 1836
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