« Woman is a dream of men »

Lacan, J., “Geneva Lectures  on the Symptom,” tr. R. Grigg, Analysis, no. 1, 1989, p.17.

Whether man dreams of Venus or of the Madonna, of Lilith, Diana, or the Gorgon, of a whore or of his mother … at the end of all his dreams there’s only ab-sense. Of Woman, there is not only One, and they are all escapees from any definition: fleeting notes, strangers to the score, they are evanescent and not-all graspable. They do not cease to escape from man who dreams of them all the more. One never better deludes oneself than about Woman.

Translated by Samya Seth