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I know that perversion is the most important thing between heaven and hell. Greater than uninspired love, greater than sterile death, greater even than the insights both bring about. For without transgression there can be no wisdom. Without debauchery there can be no compassion. Without the drunken revelry there can be no sobriety. And without any of these, all of life, and indeed, all those who have ever lived it, are a tedious lot of old men, indeed.

Kasannoin (Japanese courtesan, 1477)