Quotation by Paul Gauguin

The missionary is no longer a man, a conscience. He is a corpse, in the hands of a confraternity, without family, without love, without any of the sentiments that are dear to us.... Emasculated, in a sense, by his vow of chastity, he offers us the distressing spectacle of a man deformed and impotent or engaged in a stupid and useless struggle with the sacred needs of the flesh, a struggle which, seven times out of ten, leads him to sodomy, the gallows, or prison.
Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), French artist. Intimate Journals, p. 143, trans. by Van Wyck Brooks (1923, repr. 1930).
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