A Quote by Umberto Eco on extremism, justice, laughter, energy, pain, pleasure, and sensuality

When all the archetypes burst out shamelessly, we plumb the depths of Homeric profundity. Two clichés make us laugh but a hundred clichés moves us because we sense dimly that the clichés are talking among themselves, celebrating a reunion. . . . Just as the extreme of pain meets sensual pleasure, and the extreme of perversion borders on mystical energy, so too the extreme of banality allows us to catch a glimpse of the Sublime.

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: "Casablanca: Cult Movies and Intertextual Collage" (1984) from Travels in Hyperreality

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