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Quotation by Marquis de Sade
Belmor, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les ProspÃ©ritÃ©s du Vice (1797) Chigi, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les ProspÃ©ritÃ©s du Vice (1797) ClÃ©ment, in Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu (1791) Comte de Bressac, in Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu (1791, 1991) Cur-de-fer, in Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu (1791)
Hope is the most sensitive part of a poor wretch's soul; whoever raises it only to torment him is behaving like the executioners in Hell who, they say, incessantly renew old wounds and concentrate their attention on that area of it that is already lacerated.
Marquis de Sade (1740–1814), French author. Letter, February 20, 1781, to his wife, from Vincennes prison. Selected Letters, no. 7, ed. Margaret Crosland (1965).
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