Man is nothing else than fetid sperm  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

"Man is nothing else than fetid sperm, a sack of dung, the food of worms. . . . You have never seen a viler dung-hill" is a popular dictum by Bernard of Clairvaux in Meditationes Piissimæ, perhaps first brought to wider attention in Havelock Ellis's Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6.

The original Latin reads: "Nihil aliud est homo quam sperma fetidum, saccus stercorum, cibus vermium."

Ellis cites the source as Jacques Paul Migne's Patrologia, vol. clxxiv, p. 489, cap. III.

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