“Pleasure is a process; it is the process of departing from being. It’s affective nature is not only the expression or the sign of this getting-out; it is the getting out itself. Pleasure is affectivity, precisely because it does not take forms of being, but rather attempts to break these up. Yet it is a deceptive escape.
For it is an escape that fails. If, like a process that is far from closing up on itself, pleasure appears in a constant surpassing oneself, it breaks just at the moment where it seems to get out absolutely. It develops with an increase in promises, which become richer the closer it comes to its paroxysm, but these promises are never kept.

– Emmanuel Levinas, On Escape

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