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" A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy. "
" The world is not dialectical - it is sworn to extremes, not to equilibrium, sworn to radical antagonism, not to reconciliation or synthesis. This is also the principle of evil. "
" There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world. "
" The great person is ahead of their time, the smart make something out of it, and the blockhead, sets themselves against it. "
" The abjection of our political situation is the only true challenge today. Only facing up to this situation in all its desperation can help us get out of it. "
" Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things. "
" Deep down, the US, with its space, its technological refinement, its bluff good conscience, even in those spaces which it opens up for simulation, is the only remaining primitive society. "
" The sad thing about artificial intelligence is that it lacks artifice and therefore intelligence. "
" To love someone is to isolate him from the world, wipe out every trace of him, dispossess him of his shadow, drag him into a murderous future. It is to circle around the other like a dead star and absorb him into a black light. "
" There is nothing more mysterious than a TV set left on in an empty room. It is even stranger than a man talking to himself or a woman standing dreaming at her stove. It is as if another planet is communicating with you. "
" Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors. "
" If you say, I love you, then you have already fallen in love with language, which is already a form of break up and infidelity. "
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" What is a society without a heroic dimension? "
" There is no aphrodisiac like innocence. "
" Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment. "
" Perhaps the world's second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore. "
" Santa Barbara is a paradise; Disneyland is a paradise; the U.S. is a paradise. Paradise is just paradise. Mournful, monotonous, and superficial though it may be, it is paradise. There is no other. "
" Deep down, no one really believes they have a right to live. But this death sentence generally stays tucked away, hidden beneath the difficulty of living. If that difficulty is removed from time to time, death is suddenly there, unintelligibly. "
" The very definition of the real becomes: that of which it is possible to give an equivalent reproduction. The real is not only what can be reproduced, but that which is always already reproduced. The hyper real. "
" We shall never resolve the enigma of the relation between the negative foundations of greatness and that greatness itself. "
" Never resist a sentence you like, in which language takes its own pleasure and in which, after having abused it for so long, you are stupefied by its innocence. "
" Seduction is always more singular and sublime than sex and it commands the higher price. "
" What you have to do is enter the fiction of America, enter America as fiction. It is, indeed, on this fictive basis that it dominates the world. "
" Driving is a spectacular form of amnesia. Everything is to be discovered, everything to be obliterated. "
" I hesitate to deposit money in a bank. I am afraid I shall never dare to take it out again. When you go to confession and entrust your sins to the safe-keeping of the priest, do you ever come back for them? "