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

— Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

Spectacular Venus In Furs quotations

It is merely the egoism of the man, who wants to bury a woman like a treasure.

All attempts at using vows, contracts, and holy ceremonies have failed to bring permanence into the most changeable aspect of changeable human existence, namely love.

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

You have corrupted my imagination and inflamed my blood.

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

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

Whoever allows himself to be whipped, deserves to be whipped.

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

If I can't enjoy the full and total happiness of love, then I want to drain its torments, its tortures to the dregs; then I want the woman I love to mistreat me, betray me, and the more cruelly the better. That too is a pleasure.

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

Desire followed the glance, pleasure followed desire

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.

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

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?

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

People who want to live like Olympian gods must have slaves whom they throw into their fishponds and gladiators who fight during their masters sumptuous banquets-and the pleasure-seekers never care if some blood splatters on them.

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.

So,” Wanda cried, “a woman in furs is nothing more than a large cat, a charged electric battery?

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

Woman, as Nature has created her and as she is currently reared by man, is his enemy and can only be his slave or his despot, but never his companion. She will be able to become his companion only when she has the same rights as he, when she is his equal in education and work.

Above all else I am a dilettante in life.

You are cold, while you yourself fan flames.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Now that I'm on Broadway, it's like NASA engineering with the costumes.

I was very grateful for the slightly more high-tech ones in my show, 'Venus in Fur'; our costume designer Anita Yavich is kind of a genius.