Fear and desire  

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You should feel two emotions when approaching a Grotto: fear and desire. You should fear what may be inside, but desire to discover. --Leonardo da Vinci

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"I came to the entrance of a great cavern, in front of which I stood some time, astonished and unaware of such a thing. Bending my back into an arch I rested my left hand on my knee and held my right hand over my down-cast and contracted eye brows: often bending first one way and then the other, to see whether I could discover anything inside, and this being forbidden by the deep darkness within, and after having remained there some time, two contrary emotions arose in me, fear and desire--fear of the threatening dark cavern, desire to see whether there were any marvellous thing within it ..." --The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci by Jean Paul Richter

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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.

Fear and desire are two contrasting emotions, pointing to the notion of ambivalence. It is also the title of a film by Stanley Kubrick: Fear and Desire.

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