Seneca

March 11, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A fool knows not that
recognizable order
is never maintained

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Deny admittance
to the passions and life is
onerous solace

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The infirmity
of language shrivels before
the terror of law

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Live among men as
if you are unable to
bear humanity

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Louis-Ferdinand Céline

February 20, 2015

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To philosophize
is to go off the deep end
of posterity

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

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

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

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A pregnant woman
is a futile distraction
from delirium

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Infinity is
a punishable offense
to reality

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Poetry is an
inebriated monster,
the tapeworm of prose

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

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Alan Dershowitz

January 5, 2015

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

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

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

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

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The threat of Hell is
merely justification
for doing nothing

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

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Asymmetrical
warfare is flipping burgers
in a synagogue

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

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Calling Obama
a ticking-bomb paranoid
is a euphemism

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Noam Chomsky

December 15, 2014

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

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The bowling league is
the fascist hegemony
of warrior gods

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

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

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Disillusionment
is the ability to
despise simple things

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I happen to know
genocidal aliens
control the future

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The American
people are a miracle
of servility

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Karl Kraus

November 6, 2014

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A woman in short
pants is the handmaiden of
sex education

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The trouble with Kant
is his idealism is
worse than syphilis

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

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

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

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

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

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Science is a crutch
for those exhausted by their
imagination

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Squeeze human nature
into matrimony and
endanger the world

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

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Jeff Koons

September 19, 2014

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Advertising is
a humanitarian
act. Fundraising too.

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

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The invisible
fabric that holds the market
together is love

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Surrealism is
the waiting list of Dada’s
communal courage

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Morality is
not responsibility,
it is transcendence

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Every painting is
metaphysical candy,
a surface gesture

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

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

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Politics is like
the biology of trees,
a Bambi closet

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

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Harold Pinter

August 12, 2014

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

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

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Language is a failed
stratagem to cover the
nakedness of art

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Propaganda is
the collateral damage
of the status quo

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

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

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The Republican
Party is the squalid fact
of dictatorship

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The theater is
a mirror beyond reason,
a clinical kiss

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Ionesco

June 29, 2014

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Capitulation
is the secret nostalgia
of revolution

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Ideology
is incomprehensible;
so is a dog’s nose

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

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No political
system can deliver us
from the pain of words

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Surrealism is
the absolute fertilized
with the grace of time

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

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Eternity is
the gateway to a deeper
misunderstanding

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Posterity is
the restitution of the
crime of history

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Don DeLillo

June 5, 2014

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

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America is
a secret arrangement with
the language of doom

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The madness of the
President is the madness
of an innocent

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

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

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All comparisons
end in the fantasy of
juxtaposition

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

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The moral force of
technology is the end
of society

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Catholicism is
a concentrated form of
popular culture

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The person who stands
outside literature will
drown in aimless words

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

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Ai Weiwei

April 28, 2014

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

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The Internet is
the spontaneous control
of free expression

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

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A society
that values contemplation
will suppress dissent

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The architecture
of state surveillance will crush
the United States

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

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A bureaucrat who
whispers has the power to
survive anything

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Ideology
without music is like a
poem without words

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Aquinas

April 20, 2014

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

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

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

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A man cannot live
without the sorrow of his
carnal addictions

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

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

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

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

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

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Hemingway

April 3, 2014

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Profanity is
like drilling rock and blasting
life out with charges

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

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

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

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Innocence marks the
permanent ruin of an
intelligent man

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

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Politics is like
bullfighting: revoltingly
solemn and funny

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Suicide is the
shortest answer to any
problem except death

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

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Elaine Sturtevant

March 20, 2014

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Appropriation
is the understructure of
articulation

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Visibility
engenders hostility:
the frightening seen!

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Intuition is
the piss that waters the loss
of hierarchies

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Authorship is a
fraudulent readymade, a
vague imposition

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The cybernetic
excess of America
is retard funny

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Repetition is
the displacement of space with
continuity

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

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

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[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

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

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

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

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

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Contemporary
art is ridiculous; so
is integrity

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Every crass artist
has to reinvent Pollock
without a canvas

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Hardcore poetics
is Philip Larkin writing
about an ashtray

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America is
a medicine cabinet
floating in vomit

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

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Kristen Stewart

February 13, 2014

My Heart is a Pillar of Free Waffles

In my spare time this
month I read the black neon
clock’s universal

values, bomb blasts or
legs. I want to clean the bones.
Your body is an

abrasive device
that spray paints every known stone,
a man example,

clear guard of solar
windows, outdoor energy,
the pane result of

a hit taken for
all. And I will attack from
the freedom pole one

day, away from the
long bamboo handles that don’t
dig their own dust, don’t

match the language of
the demon language, melting
the currents of my

drunk eyes down to my
fingertips, seeing my drum
hands shake my branches.

[via Bulgarian-Greek-Hmong Daw-Latvian-Urdu, Bing translator]

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/kristen-stewart-writes-worst-poem-of-all-time-9121635.html

Andy Warhol

January 22, 2014

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Paintings and films are
really just like toilet seats
and shower curtains

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Artificial sex
is like eating peanuts: once
you start you can’t stop

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Pop Art will ball you,
but Abstract Expressionism
will come in your mouth

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The President is
always lying. So what? I
try not to notice.

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Love is Liz Taylor
having a Coke and a hot
dog in a limo

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Poor people won’t be
reincarnated—they have
no real incentive

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America has
a long tradition of great
refrigerators

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Mystery is the
mother of art, but money
is its weak husband

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The richest people
have no problems, no defects,
and they’re not boring

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There’s a difference
between plastic and empty:
empty is shiny

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http://thoughtcatalog.com/madison-moore/2013/05/the-41-greatest-andy-warhol-quotes/


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