But we are not here to dream between nausea and vertigo.
Jacques Lacan, “The Freudian Thing.”
Love is distinct from desire… Because its aim is not satisfaction, but being.
When, in love, I solicit a look, what is profoundly unsatisfying and always missing is that—you never look at me from the place from which I see you.
Jacques Lacan, “The Line and Light,” The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis
For the moment, I am not fucking, I am talking to you. Well! I can have exactly the same satisfaction as if I were fucking. That’s what it [sublimation] means. Indeed, it raises the question of whether in fact I am not fucking at this moment.
Jacques Lacan, The Deconstruction of the Drive from The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-Analysis, translation by Alan Sheridan
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I can feel myself under the gaze of someone whose eyes I do not see, not even discern. All that is necessary is for something to signify to me that there may be others there. This window, if it gets a bit dark, and if I have reasons for thinking that there is someone behind it, is straight-away a gaze.
All sorts of things in the world behave like mirrors.
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Desire is always what is inscribed as a repercussion of the articulation of language at the level of the Other.
… it is worth restating that in the test of writing I am thinking: ‘therefore I am,’ with quotes around the second clause, it is legible that thought only grounds being by knotting itself in speech where every operation goes right to the essence of language.
I love you, but, because inexplicably I love in you something more than you … I mutilate you.
the unconscious is structured like a language.
Reality is for those who cannot tolerate the dream. “Reality” is a fantasy-construction which enables us to mask the Real of our desires.
Jacques Lacan - The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis (Harmondsworth, 1979)