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  • #1
    Jean Baudrillard
    “Imagine the amazing good fortune of the generation that gets to see the end of the world. This is as marvelous as being there in the beginning.”
    Jean Baudrillard

  • #2
    Michel Foucault
    “People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don't know is what what they do does.”
    Michel Foucault, Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason

  • #3
    Guy Debord
    “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

  • #4
    Georges Bataille
    “The need to go astray, to be destroyed, is an extremely private, distant, passionate, turbulent truth.”
    Georges Bataille

  • #5
    Jean Cocteau
    “I am a lie that always speaks the truth.”
    Jean Cocteau

  • #6
    Jacques Derrida
    “No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist whom he or she doesn't understand, or at someone who speaks a foreign language, but rather at someone who tampers with your own language.”
    Jacques Derrida

  • #7
    Robert Anton Wilson
    “We have been told over and over that "you can't change human nature", but the study of emic realities shows quite the contrary, that almost anything can become "human nature" if society defines it as such.”
    Robert Anton Wilson

  • #8
    Mikhail Bulgakov
    “But would you kindly ponder this question: What would your good do if
    evil didn't exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows
    disappeared? After all, shadows are cast by things and people. Here is the
    shadow of my sword. But shadows also come from trees and living beings.
    Do you want to strip the earth of all trees and living things just because
    of your fantasy of enjoying naked light? You're stupid.”
    Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

  • #9
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Niemand ist mehr Sklave, als der sich für frei hält, ohne es zu sein.

    None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Elective Affinities

  • #10
    Marcel Proust
    “We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.”
    Marcel Proust

  • #11
    Michel Foucault
    “What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is related only to objects and not to individuals, or to life. That art is something which is specialized or which is done by experts who are artists. But couldn't everyone's life become a work of art? Why should the lamp or the house be an art object, but not our life?”
    Michel Foucault

  • #12
    Jacques Derrida
    “If this work seems so threatening, this is because it isn't simply eccentric or strange, but competent, rigorously argued, and carrying conviction”
    Jacques Derrida

  • #13
    Antonin Artaud
    “All writing is garbage. People who come out of nowhere to try and put into words any part of what goes on in their minds are pigs. ”
    Antonin Artaud

  • #14
    Antonin Artaud
    “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.”
    Antonin Artaud

  • #15
    Robert Anton Wilson
    “Nothing of any importance can be taught. It can only be learned, and with blood and sweat.”
    Robert Anton Wilson

  • #16
    Jean Cocteau
    “Be yourself. The world worships the original.”
    Jean Cocteau

  • #17
    Jean Cocteau
    “What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.”
    Jean Cocteau

  • #18
    Philip K. Dick
    “No single thing abides; and all things are fucked up.”
    Philip K. Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

  • #19
    Philip K. Dick
    “Today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups... So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.”
    Philip K. Dick

  • #20
    Marcel Proust
    “...Hard people are weak people whom nobody wants, and the strong, caring little whether they are wanted or not, have alone that meekness which the common herd mistake for weakness.”
    Marcel Proust

  • #21
    Philip K. Dick
    “You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity. At some time, every creature which lives must do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation; this is the curse at work, the curse that feeds on all life. Everywhere in the universe.”
    Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

  • #22
    Philip K. Dick
    “The pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Parmenides taught that the only things that are real are things which never change... and the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Heraclitus taught that everything changes. If you superimpose their two views, you get this result: Nothing is real.”
    Philip K. Dick

  • #23
    Philip K. Dick
    “I became educated to the fact that the greatest pain does not come zooming down from a distant planet, but from the depths of the heart. Of course, both could happen; your wife and child could leave you, and you could be sitting alone in your empty house with nothing to live for, and in addition the Martians could bore through the roof and get you.”
    Philip K. Dick, A Little Something For Us Tempunauts

  • #24
    Philip K. Dick
    “What they do not comprehend is man's helplessness. I am weak, small, of no consequence to the universe. It does not notice me; I live on unseen. But why is that bad? Isn't it that way? Whom the gods notice they destroy. Be small... and you will escape the jealousy of the great.”
    Philip K. Dick

  • #25
    Terence McKenna
    “We have to create culture, don't watch TV, don't read magazines, don't even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you're worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you're giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told 'no', we're unimportant, we're peripheral. 'Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.' And then you're a player, you don't want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that's being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.”
    Terence McKenna

  • #26
    Terence McKenna
    “The syntactical nature of reality, the real secret of magic, is that the world is made of words. And if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish.”
    Terence McKenna

  • #27
    Terence McKenna
    “Chaos is what we've lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existence is defined in terms of control.”
    Terence McKenna

  • #28
    Terence McKenna
    “Ego is a structure that is erected by a neurotic individual who is a member of a neurotic culture against the facts of the matter. And culture, which we put on like an overcoat, is the collectivized consensus about what sort of neurotic behaviors are acceptable.”
    Terence McKenna

  • #29
    Terence McKenna
    “The cost of sanity in this society, is a certain level of alienation”
    Terence McKenna

  • #30
    Terence McKenna
    “My voice speaking is a monkey's mouth making little mouth noises that are carrying agree-upon meaning, and it is meaning that matters. Without the meaning one has only little mouth noises ”
    Terence McKenna, The Archaic Revival



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