At man's core there is a voice that wants him never to give in to fear. But if it is true that in general man cannot give in to fear, at the very least he postpones indefinitely the moment when he will have to confront himself with the object of his fear ... when he will no longer have the assistance of reason as guaranteed by God, or when he will no longer have the assistance of God such as reason guaranteed. It is necessary to recoil, but it is necessary to leap, and perhaps one only recoils in order to leap better.
Georges Bataille (1897–1962), French novelist, critic. Quoted in Jean-Michel Heimont, On Bataille, "Two Values of Sade in Bataille's Text." "Le Mal dans le Platonisme et le Sadisme," lecture, 1947, ed. Alan Stoekl (1990).