Jean Genet


Jean Genet Quotes

  • ''The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man ... not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology.''
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. Prisoner of Love, pt. 1 (1986, trans. 1989).
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  • ''"Power may be at the end of a gun," but sometimes it's also at the end of the shadow or the image of a gun.''
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. Prisoner of Love, pt. 1 (1986, trans. 1989). Genet was taking issue with the notion that armed struggle is the only way to achieve revolutionary change. See also Mao Zedong's comment under "power."
  • ''Would Hamlet have felt the delicious fascination of suicide if he hadn't had an audience, and lines to speak?''
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. Prisoner of Love, pt. 1 (1986, trans. 1989).
  • ''Anyone who hasn't experienced the ecstasy of betrayal knows nothing about ecstasy at all.''
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. Prisoner of Love, pt. 1 (1986, trans. 1989).
  • ''What we need is hatred. From it our ideas are born.''
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. The Blacks, Epigraph (1959, trans. 1960).
  • ''To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance.''
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. The Thief's Journal (1949).
  • ''Repudiating the virtues of your world, criminals hopelessly agree to organize a forbidden universe. They agree to live in it. The air there is nauseating: they can breathe it.''
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. The Thief's Journal (1949, trans. 1965).
  • ''There is a close relationship between flowers and convicts. The fragility and delicacy of the former are of the same nature as the brutal insensitivity of the latter.''
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. The Thief's Journal (1949, trans. 1965).
  • ''Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.''
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. Notes for The Screens (1961, trans. 1973).
  • ''Anyone who knows a strange fact shares in its singularity.''
    Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. Prisoner of Love, pt. 1 (1986, trans. 1989).

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