Pauline Réage Quotes.

1. "Keep me rather in this cage, and feed me sparingly, if you dare. Anything that brings me closer to illness and the edge of death makes me more faithful. It is only when you make me suffer that I feel safe and secure. You should never have agreed to be a god for me if you were afraid to assume the duties of a god, and we know that they are not as tender as all that. You have already seen me cry. Now you must learn to relish my tears."
- Quote by Pauline Réage

2. "To say that from the moment her lover had left, O began to await his return would be an understatement. She turned into pure vigil, darkness in waiting expectation of light."
- Quote by Pauline Réage

3. "O was infinitely more moving when her body was covered with marks, of whatever kind, if only because these marks made it impossible for her to cheat and immediately proclaimed, the moment they were seen, that anything went as far as she was concerned. For to know this was one thing, but to see the proof of it, and to see the proof constantly renewed, was quite another."
- Quote by Pauline Réage

4. "The fact that he gave her was to him a proof, and ought to be one for her as well that she belonged to him: one can only give what belongs to you."
- Quote by Pauline Réage

5. "In the final analysis, with Rene she had been an apprentice to love, she had loved him only to learn how to give herself, enslaved and surfeited, to Sir Stephen."
- Quote by Pauline Réage

6. "A man in love ... is the master, so it seems, but only if his lady friend permits it! The need to interchange the roles of slave and master for the sake of the relationship is never more clearly demonstrated than in the course of an affair. Never is the complicity between victim and executioner more essential. Even chained, down on her knees, begging for mercy, it is the woman, finally, who is in command ... the all powerful slave, dragging herself along the ground at her master's heels, is now really the god. The man is only her priest, living in fear and trembling of her displeasure."
- Quote by Pauline Réage

7. "Ella no deseaba morir, pero si el suplicio era el precio que tenía que pagar para que su amante siguiera amándola, no pedía más que él estuviera contento de que ella lo hubiera sufrido y, sumisa y callada, esperaba que la condujeran a él."
- Quote by Pauline Réage

8. "Nadie puede dar lo que no le pertenece."
- Quote by Pauline Réage

9. "Your jealousy does not deceive you. It is true that you make me healthy and happy and a thousand times more alive. Yet there is nothing I can do to prevent this happiness from turning against you. The stone also sings more loudly when the blood flows free and the body is at rest. Keep me rather in this cage, and feed me sparingly, if you dare. Anything that brings me closer to illness and the edge of death makes me more faithful. It is only when you make me suffer that I feel safe and secure. You should never have agreed to be a god for me if you were afraid to assume the duties of a god, and we all know that they are not as tender as all that."
- Pauline Réage, Story of O: A Novel

10. "Would she ever dare tell him that no pleasure, no joy, no figment of her imagination could ever compete with the happiness she felt at the way he used her with such utter freedom, at the notion that he could do anything with her, that there was no limit, no restriction in the manner with which, on her body, he might search for pleasure?"
- Pauline Réage, Story of O: A Novel

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