Antonin Artaud

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Antonin Artaud

Antonin Artaud

No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.More Antonin Artaud [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is not opium which makes me work but its absence, and in order for me to feel its absence it must from time to time be present.More Antonin Artaud [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are souls that are incurable and lost to the rest of society. Deprive them of one means of folly, they will invent ten thousand others. They will create subtler, wilder methods, methods that are absolutely DESPERATE. Nature herself is fundamentally antisocial, it is only by a usurpation of powers that the organized body of society opposes the natural inclination of humanity.More Antonin Artaud [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
So long as we have failed to eliminate any of the causes of human despair, we do not have the right to try to eliminate those means by which man tries to cleanse himself of despair.More Antonin Artaud [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Never tire yourself more than necessary, even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones.More Antonin Artaud [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
And what is an authentic madman? It is a man who preferred to become mad, in the socially accepted sense of the word, rather than forfeit a certain superior idea of human honor. So society has strangled in its asylums all those it wanted to get rid of or protect itself from, because they refused to become its accomplices in certain great nastinesses. For a madman is also a man whom society did not want to hear and whom it wanted to prevent from uttering certain intolerable truths.More Antonin Artaud [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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 him.More Antonin Artaud [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Written poetry is worth reading once, and then should be destroyed. Let the dead poets make way for others. Then we might even come to see that it is our veneration for what has already been created, however beautiful and valid it may be, that petrifies us.More Antonin Artaud [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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 [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I myself spent nine years in an insane asylum and I never had the obsession of suicide, but I know that each conversation with a psychiatrist, every morning at the time of his visit, made me want to hang myself, realizing that I would not be able to cut his throat.More Antonin Artaud [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is thus that the few rare lucid well-disposed people who have had to struggle on the earth find themselves at certain hours of the day or night in the depth of certain authentic and waking nightmare states, surrounded by the formidable suction, the formidable oppression of a kind of civic magic which will soon be seen appearing openly in social behavior.More Antonin Artaud [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Tragedy on the stage is no longer enough for me, I shall bring it into my own life.More Antonin Artaud [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Ah! How neatly tied, in these people, is the umbilical cord of morality! Since they left their mothers they have never sinned, have they? They are apostles, they are the descendants of priests; one can only wonder from what source they draw their indignation, and above all how much they have pocketed to do this, and in any case what it has done for them.More Antonin Artaud [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
With society and its public, there is no longer any other language than that of bombs, barricades, and all that follows.More Antonin Artaud [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
But how is one to make a scientist understand that there is something unalterably deranged about differential calculus, quantum theory, or the obscene and so inanely liturgical ordeals of the precession of the equinoxes.More Antonin Artaud [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Don't tire yourself more than need be, even at the price of founding a culture on the fatigue of your bones.More Antonin Artaud [11/14/2011 11:11:42]
Those who live, live off the dead. More Antonin Artaud [11/14/2011 11:11:37]
We must wash literature off ourselves. We want to be men above all, to be human. More Antonin Artaud [11/14/2011 11:11:42]
Written poetry is worth reading once, and then should be destroyed. Let the dead poets make way for others.More Antonin Artaud [11/14/2011 11:11:53]
Never tire yourself more than necessary, even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones.More Antonin Artaud [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
All true language is incomprehensible, like the chatter of a beggar's teeth.More Antonin Artaud [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Ah! How neatly tied, in these people, is the umbilical cord of morality! Since they left their mothers they have never sinned, have they? They are apostles, they are the descendants of priests; one can only wonder from what source they draw their indignation, and above all how much they have pocketed to do this, and in any case what it has done for them.More Antonin Artaud [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Where there is a stink of shit there is a smell of beingMore Antonin Artaud [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
With society and its public, there is no longer any other language than that of bombs, barricades, and all that follows.More Antonin Artaud [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Hell is of this world and there are men who are unhappy escapees from hell, escapees destined ETERNALLY to reenact their escape.More Antonin Artaud [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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