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Myth is neither a lie nor a confession: it is an inflexion.
Literature is without proofs. By which it must be understood that it cannot prove, not only what it says, but even that it is worth the trouble of saying it.
Literature is the question minus the answer.
Language is legislation, speech is its code. We do not see the power which is in speech because we forget that all speech is a classification, and that all classifications are oppressive.
Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire.
I have tried to be as eclectic as I possibly can with my professional life, and so far it's been pretty fun.
I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame, hence guilt, in its recipient.
For the theatre one needs long arms; it is better to have them too long than too short. An artiste with short arms can never, never make a fine gesture.
A photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see.
What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself.
Pleasure is continually disappointed, reduced, deflated, in favor of strong, noble values: Truth, Death, Progress, Struggle, Joy, etc. Its victorious rival is Desire: we are always being told about Desire, never about Pleasure.
Other countries drink to get drunk, and this is accepted by everyone; in France, drunkenness is a consequence, never an intention. A drink is felt as the spinning out of a pleasure, not as the necessary cause of an effect which is sought: wine is not only a philter, it is also the leisurely act of drinking.
The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition... always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning.
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