Quotations From JEAN BAUDRILLARD

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  • 11.
    Terror is as much a part of the concept of truth as runniness is of the concept of jam. We wouldn't like jam if it didn't, by its very nature, ooze. We wouldn't like truth if it wasn't sticky, if, from time to time, it didn't ooze blood.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 5 (1987, trans. 1990).

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  • 12.
    At male strip shows, it is still the women that we watch, the audience of women and their eager faces. They are more obscene than if they were dancing naked themselves.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 2 (1987, trans. 1990).

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  • 13.
    Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 4 (1987, trans. 1990).

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  • 14.
    Boredom is like a pitiless zooming in on the epidermis of time. Every instant is dilated and magnified like the pores of the face.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 3 (1987, trans. 1990).

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  • 15.
    The era of the political was one of anomie: crisis, violence, madness and revolution. The era of the transpolitical is that of anomaly: an aberration of no consequence, contemporaneous with the event of no consequence.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. "Figures of the Transpolitical," Fatal Strategies (1983, trans. 1990).
  • 16.
    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.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. "Ecstasy and Inertia," Fatal Strategies (1983, trans. 1990).

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  • 17.
    Perhaps our eyes are merely a blank film which is taken from us after our deaths to be developed elsewhere and screened as our life story in some infernal cinema or despatched as microfilm into the sidereal void.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 2 (1987, trans. 1990).

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  • 18.
    Postmodernity is the simultaneity of the destruction of earlier values and their reconstruction. It is renovation within ruination.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 4 (1987, trans. 1990).
  • 19.
    It only takes a politician believing in what he says for the others to stop believing him.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 5 (1987, trans. 1990).
  • 20.
    The surprises of thought are like those of love: they wear out. But here too you can carry on for a long time doing your conjugal duty.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 5 (1987, trans. 1990).

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