21 December 2017

Taedium Vitae

Jean-Baptiste Massillon, quoted in Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, "Massillon," Monday Chats, tr. William Mathews (Chicago: S. C. Griggs & Co., 1882), p. 114:
Your passions having tried everything and exhausted everything, nothing more remains to you than to devour yourselves; your whimsicalities (bizarreries) become the only resource of your ennui and of your satiety. Unable longer to vary the pleasures already quite exhausted, you can no longer find variety except in the eternal inequalities of your humor, and you incessantly blame yourselves for the void which everything that surrounds you leaves within you.
The original can be found in Petit carĂªme de Massillon (Paris: Antoine-Augustin Renouard, 1802), p. 96.