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Quotations From JEAN BAUDRILLARD

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  • A society which allows an abominable event to burgeon from its dungheap and grow on its surface is like a man who lets a fly crawl unheeded across his face or saliva dribble unstemmed from his mouth—either epileptic or dead.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 4 (1987, trans. 1990).

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  • A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 5 (1987, trans. 1990).
  • 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.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 4 (1987, trans. 1990).

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  • Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 4 (1987, trans. 1990).
  • Information can tell us everything. It has all the answers. But they are answers to questions we have not asked, and which doubtless don't even arise.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 5 (1987, trans. 1990).
  • The local is a shabby thing. There's nothing worse than bringing us back down to our own little corner, our own territory, the radiant promiscuity of the face to face. A culture which has taken the risk of the universal, must perish by the universal.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 3 (1987, trans. 1990).

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  • 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.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 3 (1987, trans. 1990).

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  • Everywhere one seeks to produce meaning, to make the world signify, to render it visible. We are not, however, in danger of lacking meaning; quite the contrary, we are gorged with meaning and it is killing us.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. "Seduction, or the Superficial Abyss," The Ecstasy of Communication (1987).

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  • 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.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. "Utopia Achieved," America (1986, trans. 1988).
  • It is always the same: once you are liberated, you are forced to ask who you are.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. "Astral America," America (1986, trans. 1988).
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