“Who told you to think up an absolute first state of the world and hence an absolute beginning of the gradually passing series of appearances, and to set bounds to limitless nature in order to provide your imagination with a resting-point?”
“In the ethical stage, repetition assumes the form of the universal norms of conduct: instead of chasing the elusive moments of aesthetical pleasure, we rely upon the certitude of repetition. Repetition is a sign of maturity when the subject has learned to avoid the twin traps of impatient hope in the New and of nostalgic memory of the Old: we find satisfaction in the return of the...
“In the depths of my eye the picture is painted. The picture, certainly, is in my eye. But I am not in the picture. That which is light looks at me, and by means of that light in the depths of my eye, something is painted. “
“Thus, what I enjoy in a narrative is not directly its content or even its structure, but the abrasions I impose upon the fine surface: I read on, I skip, I look up, I dip in again. Which has nothing to do with the deep laceration the text of bliss inflicts upon language itself, and not upon the simple temporality of its reading.”