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13 Famous Quotes by Antonin Artaud
9/4/1896 - 3/4/1948
Also Known As:  
Artaud, Antonin     Antoine Marie Joseph Paul Artaud     Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud
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Never tire yourself more than necessary, even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones.

Fatigue Quotes, by Antonin Artaud

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All true language is incomprehensible, like the chatter of a beggar's teeth.

Language Quotes, by Antonin Artaud

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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.

Morality Quotes, by Antonin Artaud

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Where there is a stink of shit there is a smell of being

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Antonin Artaud

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With society and its public, there is no longer any other language than that of bombs, barricades, and all that follows.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Antonin Artaud

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Hell is of this world and there are men who are unhappy escapees from hell, escapees destined ETERNALLY to reenact their escape.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Antonin Artaud

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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.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Antonin Artaud

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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.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Antonin Artaud

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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

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Antonin Artaud

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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.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Antonin Artaud

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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.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Antonin Artaud

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The theater, which is in no thing, but makes use of everything -- gestures, sounds, words, screams, light, darkness -- rediscovers itself at precisely the point where the mind requires a language to express its manifestations. To break through language in order to touch life is to create or recreate the theatre.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Antonin Artaud

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However fiercely opposed one may be to the present order, an old respect for the idea of order itself often prevents people from distinguishing between order and those who stand for order, and leads them in practice to respect individuals under the pretext of respecting order itself.

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