Sigmund Freud

May 16, 2015

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Sometimes a cigar
is just a half-tamed demon,
a burning male id

***************

The virtuous man
oozes wicked thoughts from his
very fingertips

***************

Immorality
is the full grandeur of the
soul’s authority

***************

The royal road to
the unconscious leads to the
tyrant called Mother

***************

Renunciation
is the magical power
to disavow God

***************

The libidinal
components of a horse will
cure uncertainty

***************

Blissful confusion
contrasts very little with
human happiness

***************

A poet contents
himself with the illusion
that word is conscience

***************

Civilization
is the pathological
love of liberty

***************

The I Bing: The Book of Exchanges #40

April 23, 2015

Hexagram 40: Hsieh—Deliverance

Hydrolysis is
a thunderstorm of risk-free
solutions. Heaven

and Earth pardon the
crimes of the SLA in
the earthquake at the

blame-free time of the
Ephesians. In Italy,
the stingy Southwest

minces the storm of
Jie and Zhen Ji. As it is
said: the yellow fox

eases the road to
Jeong. The softness of an
ugly solution

is a self-induced
arrow of negative Jung.
The solution of

the hallux is not
the solution of the thumb.
The public notice

of Hayabusa
is a paradox. As it
is said: bad info

multiplies like bad
people. A gentleman is
a friend to sifu.

[Original Chinese (auto-detected as Chinese Simplified) via Bing translator]

http://www.humaniverse.net/iching/Tao/Chinese_IChing_index.html

 

Seneca

March 11, 2015

***************

Virtue is a vice
when it wears the mask of God’s
common dominion

***************

All nature is a
recognition of art’s gift
to adversity

***************

Labor injures the
mind; its only remedy
is the shrift of gold

***************

Hatred impairs one’s
self-respect, but vengeance is
fortune’s great favor

***************

Be silent, and if
you can’t be silent know that
we’re not listening

***************

Consult a madman
on all things and steer in a
favorable wind

***************

A fool knows not that
recognizable order
is never maintained

***************

Deny admittance
to the passions and life is
onerous solace

***************

The infirmity
of language shrivels before
the terror of law

***************

Live among men as
if you are unable to
bear humanity

***************

 

Louis-Ferdinand Céline

February 20, 2015

***************

To philosophize
is to go off the deep end
of posterity

***************

The nature of life
is that boredom will nibble
your brain to nothing

***************

Lying is just the
filigree of truth, the make-
believe of poodles

***************

Forgiveness is for
beggars and cowards; grind it
up with witches’ eggs

***************

A pregnant woman
is a futile distraction
from delirium

***************

Infinity is
a punishable offense
to reality

***************

Poetry is an
inebriated monster,
the tapeworm of prose

***************

Dance to the music
of wealth: a carnival tune
that tinkles like war

***************

Alan Dershowitz

January 5, 2015

***************

Israel is Ed
Koch, the Second Amendment,
and God in a dream

***************

The Ten Commandments
are like the Supreme Court with
even more damage

***************

Freedom of speech means
Jesus was resurrected—
so we can relax

***************

Hypocrisy is
the moral high ground; it’s just
ambiguity

***************

The threat of Hell is
merely justification
for doing nothing

***************

Though the Bible may
violate the Geneva
Accords, it’s still true

***************

Asymmetrical
warfare is flipping burgers
in a synagogue

***************

Pretending you’re a
fetus is not the same as
being a fetus

***************

Calling Obama
a ticking-bomb paranoid
is a euphemism

***************

Noam Chomsky

December 15, 2014

***************

The resurrection
of the Left will happen in
a mosque on Neptune

***************

The bowling league is
the fascist hegemony
of warrior gods

***************

Nuremberg is the
only place to be hanged—it’s
a terminal drug

***************

There are no magic
answers to the problems we
face—just the bludgeon

***************

Disillusionment
is the ability to
despise simple things

***************

I happen to know
genocidal aliens
control the future

***************

The American
people are a miracle
of servility

***************

Karl Kraus

November 6, 2014

***************

A woman in short
pants is the handmaiden of
sex education

***************

The trouble with Kant
is his idealism is
worse than syphilis

***************

Virginity is
a wastrel’s passion; it will
deflower morals

***************

A poorly repressed
shoe fetishist has no time
to be a loafer

***************

Democracy is
an old miser who attracts
beggars, dogs and thieves

***************

Christian martyrdom
is a lifestyle that has stood
every test of time

***************

When I plagiarize,
it unsettles the whole world—
it’s an art earthquake

***************

Science is a crutch
for those exhausted by their
imagination

***************

Squeeze human nature
into matrimony and
endanger the world

***************

Journalism is an
abortion of thought and the
mother of all lies

***************

Jeff Koons

September 19, 2014

***************

Advertising is
a humanitarian
act. Fundraising too.

***************

I’ve always enjoyed
the avant-garde: Disney, Pop,
the Church, Germany

***************

The invisible
fabric that holds the market
together is love

***************

Surrealism is
the waiting list of Dada’s
communal courage

***************

Morality is
not responsibility,
it is transcendence

***************

Every painting is
metaphysical candy,
a surface gesture

***************

A museum is
the one place where money is
gift-wrapping paper

***************

Art is a mundane
fetish of energy, a
box of reaction

***************

Politics is like
the biology of trees,
a Bambi closet

***************

Consumerism is
really found within you—
it’s self-expansion

***************

Harold Pinter

August 12, 2014

***************

Apart from the known
unknown, there is the real
unreal: the past

***************

The greatest thing God
created on earth is the
dust of true desire

***************

Language is a failed
stratagem to cover the
nakedness of art

***************

Propaganda is
the collateral damage
of the status quo

***************

Death is about five
thousand million years old—it’s
a long piece of work

***************

America is
like trying to be a good
boy with your balls out

***************

The Republican
Party is the squalid fact
of dictatorship

***************

The theater is
a mirror beyond reason,
a clinical kiss

***************

Ionesco

June 29, 2014

***************

Capitulation
is the secret nostalgia
of revolution

***************

Ideology
is incomprehensible;
so is a dog’s nose

***************

No question can be
answered with “God,” “Art,” “Beauty,”
or “civil servants”

***************

No political
system can deliver us
from the pain of words

***************

Surrealism is
the absolute fertilized
with the grace of time

***************

I have always been
suspicious of fate—it’s a
logical prison

***************

Eternity is
the gateway to a deeper
misunderstanding

***************

Posterity is
the restitution of the
crime of history

***************

Don DeLillo

June 5, 2014

***************

Football is lovely
theater for people who
long for the last things

***************

America is
a secret arrangement with
the language of doom

***************

The madness of the
President is the madness
of an innocent

***************

Eating is the deep
narrative structure of life—
the rest is obscure

***************

Quit your job, quit your
endless consumption and live
the dead dream of jazz

***************

All comparisons
end in the fantasy of
juxtaposition

***************

The future belongs
to the ghouls of state power
and their thirsty jails

***************

The moral force of
technology is the end
of society

***************

Catholicism is
a concentrated form of
popular culture

***************

The person who stands
outside literature will
drown in aimless words

***************

What is the value
of Abstract Expressionism?
How to measure pain?

***************

Ai Weiwei

April 28, 2014

***************

I am obsessed with
the iPhone—it is the North
Korea of life

***************

The Internet is
the spontaneous control
of free expression

***************

Twitter is like a
bird’s nest of corruption in
a tree of sorrow

***************

A society
that values contemplation
will suppress dissent

***************

The architecture
of state surveillance will crush
the United States

***************

A nation that has
no censorship will have no
art worth discussing

***************

A bureaucrat who
whispers has the power to
survive anything

***************

Ideology
without music is like a
poem without words

***************

Aquinas

April 20, 2014

***************

It is requisite
for the relaxation of
the mind to bear sin

***************

Because we cannot
know what God is, we live by
faith’s poetic myths

***************

Law: an ordinance
of reason made by him who
has care of evil

***************

A man cannot live
without the sorrow of his
carnal addictions

***************

Beware of the book
of knowledge; it is but a
material thing

***************

The active power
of the male seed tends to the
production of death

***************

Nothing on this earth
is prized more than a woman’s
playful endowments

***************

In order for a
war to be just, it requires
no explanation

***************

Life’s greatest pleasure
is the tedious pursuit
of true salvation

***************

Hemingway

April 3, 2014

***************

Profanity is
like drilling rock and blasting
life out with charges

***************

I have learned a great
deal from listening to fools,
failures and jackals

***************

Grace under pressure
is hunting drunk when you’ve shot
one bird all damn day

***************

A typewriter is
a weapon; a novel is
a war to the end

***************

Innocence marks the
permanent ruin of an
intelligent man

***************

Love is not for the
sweet butterfly; love is for
the bloody buzzard

***************

Politics is like
bullfighting: revoltingly
solemn and funny

***************

Suicide is the
shortest answer to any
problem except death

***************

Happiness is the
tendency to feel moral
when you’re immoral

***************

Elaine Sturtevant

March 20, 2014

***************

Appropriation
is the understructure of
articulation

***************

Visibility
engenders hostility:
the frightening seen!

***************

Intuition is
the piss that waters the loss
of hierarchies

***************

Authorship is a
fraudulent readymade, a
vague imposition

***************

The cybernetic
excess of America
is retard funny

***************

Repetition is
the displacement of space with
continuity

***************

Deleuze and Foucault
are the big bang of mental
exhaustion—fuck them!

***************

Duchamp and Warhol
are a pervasive turn-on
with no threat of sex

***************

[Sturtevant is virtually unrepresented on quote sites. All text pooled from interviews with Peter Halley, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Bruce Hainley.]

Damien Hirst

March 4, 2014

***************

I’d like to put the
Beatles in formaldehyde . . .
but it would be wrong

***************

I was brought up a
Catholic; I don’t have to
believe in England

***************

Love is like a sheep
collage, and you can always
get another sheep

***************

The goal of life is
immortality—I would
like to deviate

***************

Contemporary
art is ridiculous; so
is integrity

***************

Every crass artist
has to reinvent Pollock
without a canvas

***************

Hardcore poetics
is Philip Larkin writing
about an ashtray

***************

America is
a medicine cabinet
floating in vomit

***************

There is nothing more
morbid than advertising—
it’s a death funfair

***************


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