Quotations From GUY DEBORD


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  • Boredom is always counter-revolutionary. Always.
    Guy Debord (b. 1931), French situationist philosopher. "The Bad Old Days Will End," The Incomplete Works of the Situationist International (Nov. 1963), ed. Christopher Gray (1974).
  • In the zone of perdition where my youth went as if to complete its education, one would have said that the portents of an imminent collapse of the whole edifice of civilization had made an appointment.
    Guy Debord (b. 1931), French Situationist philosopher. Panegyric, pt. 2 (1989).

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  • There is nothing more natural than to consider everything as starting from oneself, chosen as the center of the world; one finds oneself thus capable of condemning the world without even wanting to hear its deceitful chatter.
    Guy Debord (b. 1931), French Situationist philosopher. Panegyric, pt. 1 (1989).

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  • Tourism, human circulation considered as consumption ... is fundamentally nothing more than the leisure of going to see what has become banal.
    Guy Debord (b. 1931), French situationist philosopher. The Society of the Spectacle, ch. 7, sct. 168 (1967, trans. 1977).
  • Young people everywhere have been allowed to choose between love and a garbage disposal unit. Everywhere they have chosen the garbage disposal unit.
    Guy Debord (b. 1931), French Situationist philosopher. "Formula for a New City," The Incomplete Works of the Situationist International, ed. Christopher Gray (1974).

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  • Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us.
    Guy Debord (b. 1931), French situationist philosopher. Internationale Situationist (no. 1, Paris, June 1958).
  • Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs.
    Guy Debord (b. 1931), French situationist philosopher. Panegyric, vol. 1, pt. 1 (1989).
  • Ideas improve. The meaning of words participates in the improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It embraces an author's phrase, makes use of his expressions, erases a false idea, and replaces it with the right idea.
    Guy Debord (b. 1931), French situationist philosopher. The Society of the Spectacle, ch. 8, sct. 207 (1967, trans. 1977).
  • In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.
    Guy Debord (b. 1931), French Situationist philosopher. The Society of the Spectacle, ch. 1, sct. 1 (1967, trans. 1970).

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