Antonin Artaud

Antonin Artaud

French writer, poet, playwright, and theater actor, artist, screenwriter, director and theoretician of the theater
You are outside life, you are above life, you have miseries which the ordinary man does not know, you exceed the normal level, and it is for this that men refuse to forgive you, you poison their peace of mind, you undermine their stability. You have irrepressible pains whose essence is to be inadaptable to any known state, indescribable in words. You have repeated and shifting pains, incurable pains, pains beyond imagining, pains which are neither of the body nor of the soul, but which partake of both. And I share your suffering, and I ask you: who dares to ration our relief? We are not going to kill ourselves just yet. In the meantime, leave us the hell alone.More Antonin Artaud quotes [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Cruelty signifies rigor, implacable intention and decision, irreversible and absolute determination,More Antonin Artaud quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If I commit suicide, it will not be to destroy myself but to put myself back together again.More Antonin Artaud quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Before our eyes is fought a battle of symbols... for there can be theatre only from the moment when the impossible really begins and when the poetry that occurs on the stage sustains and superheats the realized symbols.More Antonin Artaud quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for himMore Antonin Artaud quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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