"Paradoxically, intimacy is violence, and it is destruction, because it is not compatible with the positing of the separate individual."
--Theory of Religion (Georges Bataille; translated by Robert Hurley)
"Even when you were unwilling, resisted to the utmost of your power and tried to dissuade me, as yours was the weaker nature I often forced you to consent with threats and blows."
--Abelard, to Heloise, letter no. 4 (translated by Betty Radice)