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There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation.Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912), Romanian-born French playwright. Present PastPast Present, ch. 5 (1968).
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Shakespeare was the great one before us. His place was between God and despair.Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912), Rumanian-born French playwright. International Herald Tribune (Paris, June 17, 1988).
Like all revolutions, the surrealist revolution was a reversion, a restitution, an expression of vital and indispensable spiritual needs.Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912), Rumanian-born French playwright. repr. in Notes and Counter Notes, pt. 1 (1962). "Experience of the Theatre," no. 62, N.R.F. (Paris, Feb. 1958).
Banality is a symptom of non-communication. Men hide behind their clichés.Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912), Rumanian-born-French playwright. "Further Notes, 1960," pt. 4, Notes and Counter-Notes (1962).
A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912), Romanian-born French playwright. (Published 1962). "An Address Delivered to a Gathering of French and German Writers," pt. 2, Notes and Counter-Notes (February 1960).
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Beauty 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.Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912), Rumanian-born-French playwright. Present PastPast Present, ch. 5 (1968).
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