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Filth seems to arouse nausea not so much through what is repugnant to the eyes and tongue as through the stench that we presume it has.

Immanuel Kant
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Kant, I. (2007). Anthropology, history, and education. (G. Zöller & R. B. Louden, Eds.) Cambridge edition of the works of Immanuel Kant in translation. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Pres, p. 269.

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What is often said about the «power» the image is indeed that its impact is immediate and powerful even when its precise meaning remains, as it were, vague, suspended-numinous.

Stuart Hall
scholar of cultural studies
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Hall, S. (1999). Looking and Subjectivity: Introduction, in J. Evans and S. Hall (eds) Visual Culture: The Reader, pp. 309–14. London: Sage, p. 311.

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Perfume is an ambiguous object, forever hovering on the edge of stink: what smells suave to me can be noxious to you, and the padded shouldered juices of the 80s gave the first ammunition to the anti perfume movement. (…). If you start obsessing that the woman in the next cubicle is poisoning you with her Obsession, at least you can do something about it: file a lawsuit.

Denyse Beaulieu
writer & journalist
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Beaulieu, Denyse. 2013. The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent. New York: St. Martins Press, p. 30f.

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