"We have in fact only two certainties in this world—that we are not everything and that we will die. To be conscious of not being everything, as one is of being mortal, is nothing. But we are without a narcotic, an unbreathable void reveals itself. I wanted to be everything, so that falling into this void, I might summon my courage and say to myself: ‘I am ashamed of having wanted to be everything, for I see now that it was to sleep.’ From that moment begins a singular experience. The mind moves in a strange world where anguish and ecstasy coexist"
- Georges Bataille. Inner Experience. (via criminal-delirium)
"For any ardent materialism truth is madness."
- Nick Land, The Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism (via foxesinbreeches)