Quotes

11 November 2014
A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment.
11 November 2014
Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.
11 November 2014
It is possible that the contemplation of cruelty will not make us humane but cruel; that the reiteration of the badness of our spiritual condition will make us consent to it.
11 November 2014
Reasons for not keeping a notebook: 1) the ambiguity of the reader—it is never quite oneself. 2) I usually hate the sight of my handwriting—it lives too much and I dislike its life—I mean by "lives," of course, betrays too much!
11 November 2014
If one defends the bourgeois, philistine virtues, one does not defend them merely from the demonism or bohemianism of the artist but from the present bourgeoisie itself.
11 November 2014
Every neurosis is a primitive form of legal proceeding in which the accused carries on the prosecution, imposes judgment and executes the sentence: all to the end that someone else should not perform the same process.
11 November 2014
Being a Jew is like walking in the wind or swimming: you are touched at all points and conscious everywhere.
11 November 2014
Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony.
11 November 2014
In the American metaphysic, reality is always material reality, hard, resistant, unformed, impenetrable, and unpleasant.
11 November 2014
We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.

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