But the changes wrought by fire are changed in substance: that which has been licked by fire has a different taste in the mouths of men. That which fire has shone upon retains as a result an ineffaceable colour. That which fire has caressed, loved, adored, has gained a store of memories and lots its innocence. In slang “flambe” is synonymous with “dead and done for” and is used in place of an indecent word that is charged with sexuality. —
Gaston Bachelard, The Psychoanalysis of Fire.
The self is only a threshold, a door, a becoming between two multiplicities. — A Thousand Plateaus, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari (via royalrex)