Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors.
Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things.
What is a society without a heroic dimension?
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.
You are born modern, you do not become so.
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.
The great person is ahead of their time, the smart make something out of it, and the blockhead, sets themselves against it.
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.
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.