Denis de Rougemont quotes

  • Why should neurotic, selfish, immature people suddenly become angels when they fall in love ... ?
    -- Denis de Rougemont

    #Falling In Love #Selfish #Angel

  • A life allied with mine, for the rest of our lives... that is the miracle of marriage.
    -- Denis de Rougemont

    #Marriage #Miracle

  • One possessed a thousand and three women (in Spain alone), the other only one. But it is multiplicity that is impoverished, whilethe entire world is concentrated in a single being infinitely possessed. Tristan no longer needs the world--because he loves! While Don Juan, always loved, cannot love in return. Hence his anguish and his frenzied course.
    -- Denis de Rougemont

    #World #Don Juan #Anguish

  • Having fallen from the eternal, the Evil One's desires are endless, insatiable. Having fallen from pure Being, he is driven by the desire to possess, to fill his emptiness. But the problem is insoluble, always. He is compelled to have and to hold, to possess and consume, and nothing else. All he takes, he destroys.
    -- Denis de Rougemont

    #Evil #Desire #Investing

  • Romance only comes into existence where love is fatal, frowned upon and doomed by life itself.
    -- Denis de Rougemont

    #Love Is #Romance #Existence

  • What stirs lyrical poets to their finest flights is neither the delight of the senses nor the fruitful contentment of the settled couple; not the satisfaction of love, but its passion. And passion means suffering.
    -- Denis de Rougemont

    #Couple #Passion #Mean

  • To love in the sense of passion-love is the contrary of to live. It is an impoverishment of one's being, an askesis without sequel, an inability to enjoy the present without imagining it as absent, a never-ending flight from possession.
    -- Denis de Rougemont

    #Passion #Love Is #Inability

  • Both in the lower and the middle classes the wiseacres urge young men 'to think it over' before taking the decisive step. Thus they foster the delusion that the choice of a wife or husband may be governed by a certain number of accurately weighable pros and cons. This is a crude delusion on the part of common sense.
    -- Denis de Rougemont

    #Marriage #Husband #Men

  • Animals do feel like us, also joy, love, fear and pain but they cannot grasp the spoken word. It is our obligation to take their part and continue to resist the people who profit by them, who slaughter them and who torture them.
    -- Denis de Rougemont

    #Pain #Animal #People

  • Happiness is indeed a Eurydice, vanishing as soon as gazed upon. It can exist only in acceptance, and succumbs as soon as it is laid claim to.
    -- Denis de Rougemont

    #Happiness #Acceptance #Vanishing

  • Passion and marriage are essentially irreconcilable. Their origins and their ends make them mutually exclusive. Their co-existence in our midst constantly raises insoluble problems, and the strife thereby engendered constitutes a persistent danger for every one of our social safeguards.
    -- Denis de Rougemont

    #Marriage #Passion #Problem

  • Social confusion has now reached a point at which the pursuit of immorality turns out to be more exhausting than compliance with the old moral codes.
    -- Denis de Rougemont

    #Sex #Confusion #Moral

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