civil servant doesn't make jokes.
history is nothing but a succession of 'crises' - of rupture,
repudiation and resistence
.when there is no 'crisis',
there is stagnation, petrification and death.
avant-garde man is like an enemy inside a city he is bent on
destroying, against which he rebels; for like any system of
government, an established form of expression is also a form
is a symptom of non-communication. Men hide behind their cliches.
is a precious trace that eternity causes to appear to us and
that it takes away from us. A manifestation of eternity, and
a sign of death as well.
Present Past - Past Present
I've got so used to that. You get used to it, or rather, you
don't get used to it, but you get used to not getting used to
Jean, in Journeys Among The Dead
God exists, why write literature? And if he doesn't, why write
is an abnormal business.
Jean, in The Rhinoceros
was the great one before us. His place was between God and despair.
the death instinct exists in the heart of everything that lives,
since we suffer from trying to repress it, since everything
that lives longs for rest, let us unfasten the ties that bind
us to life, let us cultivate our death wish, let us develop
it, water it like a plant, let it grow unhindered. Suffering
and fear are born from the repression of the death wish.
Fragments of a Journal