F.T. Marinetti

December 23, 2013

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A museum is
a hospital of serpents,
a roaring death horse

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The fisticuffs of
my lips sing of metalized
love and injustice

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Patriotism is
individualism: a
steel temple of pride

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Open your heart to
unknown forces in order
to overcome art

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Indomitable
Woman, a rioting Moon,
imperishable

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The skyscraper is
the greedy locomotive
of time’s uselessness

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Poetry must be
as immortal as plastic,
an absurd ruin

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Poe

December 7, 2013

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The contemplation
of absolute darkness is
the horror of love

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The boundary which
divides art from life is the
fire of the insane

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Religion is the
madness of the soul and the
poetry of tears

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Death always has a
generous effect on a
woman’s eloquence

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Science is a crime,
and sanity a fraud, a
mind-atrocity

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Faith is a dream of
Christ with long intervals of
gossamer terror

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Nothing shall turn me
from an abhorrence of cats:
they are fear, evolved

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The irrational
imagination is pure
analytic truth

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Gauguin

November 19, 2013

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Plagiarism is work—
there is always a demand
for fresh plagiarism

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To see the blue tree
of salvation is to be
blinded by mad dreams

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Philosophy is
art; nature is art; prepared
ignorance is art

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Each generation
must cultivate its taste for
great stupidity

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Civilization
is an expression of pure
mediocrity

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Power concentrates
the little machine of the
brain and gives it teeth

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The invisible
beast of revolution will
fire eternity

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The eye of virtue
assigns radiance to the
degenerate life

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The consecrated
individualism of
beauty is revenge

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There are two sorts of
senile critic: the scoundrel
and the old scoundrel

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Timidities of
sensation are scattered in
the ashes of form

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Lao Tzu (Laozi)

October 31, 2013

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Treat the wicked with
patience and compassion—but
help them to perish

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Existence is a
small fish in the water of
faithful nonbeing

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The Way of Heaven
is a music unheard by
the conquering gods

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The attainment of
nothing creates contentment;
nothing is wisdom

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The good traveler
moves in the shadow of the
paradoxical

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The greatest joy is
the courage to know that there
is no greatest joy

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When I let go of
what I am, my fingers touch
the source of my self

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A leader is a
goose. A scholar is an ox.
A sage is an ant.

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Death is a series
of small desires—it is the
flower of nature

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Hegel

October 21, 2013

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The spoken word is
the immediate truth of
animal knowledge

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Nature is the great
despoiler of beauty, an
uncivilized jest

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The scholar sees the
value in everything but
corporeal thought

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The dialectic
is pure light and pure darkness
in perfect conflict

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When liberty is
mentioned, universal rights
mean nothing at all

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Without shoes that fit,
little will be accomplished
in the real world

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Man is too divine
for Providence; he is the
total creation

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The history of
Germany depends on the
judgment of heroes

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Consciousness is the
external reality
of intuition

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The mere idea
of government rests solely
on servants’ logic

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Francis Picabia

October 6, 2013

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My ass always has
need of God; my head always
has need of Satan

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The essence of a
man is his shirt and trousers—
naked, he’s nothing

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All pleasure is pain
disguised as misery and
bald indifference

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The unaesthetic
is as indispensable
as the family

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There are only two
categories: life and death.
They bore everyone.

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Knowledge is like art—
it lasts only five minutes,
useless and tiring

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Concubinage is
marriage that takes liberties
with monotony

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Paradise is the
blue music of immortal,
bearable failure

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Vincent van Gogh

September 24, 2013

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Frightening dreams are
silenced only by the blue
of Man’s suffering

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If you hear a voice
within you, disregard it
with your inmost strength

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If you don’t paint the
stars, your soul is forsaken,
a wisp of warm smoke

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I am still far from
God, lost, a churchwarden in
the dirtiest hut

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Life is a yellow
storm on an orange sea—a
fantasy of love

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My heart is the slave
of conscience without courage—
small deeds, small mistakes

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Religion is a
terrible certainty of
high-minded reason

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My faith is a poor
fisherman who is always
remaining ashore

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Fallibility
and discouragement fire the
imagination

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Kenneth Goldsmith #2

August 22, 2013

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The news is abused—
cold code strained through inverted
subjectivity

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Assassination
is the struggle to find words
that describe genius

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The sufficiency
of average-sized eyes is
a harrowing joke

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Florida is an
agony of moribund
class repetition

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Plagiarism is the
spectacle emanating
from silent mourning

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A soft text wrapped in
shock iconizes the breasts
of cultural whim

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The gargantuan
problem of discourse is the
horror of language

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Conceptualism:
Minimalism plus Michael
Jackson’s memories

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[Goldsmith is virtually unrepresented on quote sites. All text pooled from his interview with Christopher Higgs in the Paris Review, 2013]

Kenneth Goldsmith #1

July 27, 2013

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Brion Gysin is
the horizontal axis
of the avant-garde

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Concrete poetry’s
shelf life is about a week—
the same as gossip

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The New York Times is
Vogue with rabbinical text
and raw editing

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Writing is fifty
years behind fashion, but it’s
gorgeously simple

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Cooperative
mimesis is the flatness
of community

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The parameters
of the abstract canon are
ennui’s storage bins

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The normative speech
of idiosyncratic
art is radiance

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Cage, Ginsberg, Warhol
and Whitman: grubby merchants
all, plain and greedy

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[Goldsmith is virtually unrepresented on quote sites. All text pooled from his interview with Marjorie Perloff in Jacket magazine, 2003]

July 26, 2013
Paranoid Replication #32 (Homage to John Coltrane)

Paranoid Replication #32 (Homage to John Coltrane)

July 26, 2013
Paranoid Replication #31 (The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost) [Adapted from a detail of a photo by Anna Talpe]

Paranoid Replication #31 (The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost)
[Adapted from a detail of a photo by Anna Talpe]

Yoko Ono

June 16, 2013

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Love is a silver
mirror bursting in the fast
ocean of my heart

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The metronome of
time is an obsessive dream
of silent music

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This society
is a gallery show that
runs on pain money

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Art is permanent
even if nobody else
in this world sees it

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When controversy
is sacrificed to power,
culture can’t exist

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The peace and healing
of prophetic wisdom is
lost beyond sad air

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Vibrations flow from
the intelligent body—
walking is thinking

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Raoul Vaneigem

June 7, 2013

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The key to the new
art is within each atom
of pure suffering

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Survival is a
license to consume the oil
of eternal dreams

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Daily life is the
corpse of poetry murdered
by enduring love

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Revolution is
a mechanized cycle of
democratic rage

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The truth is knowledge
constrained by understanding
and necessity

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Philosophy is
starvation of the mind by
mortification

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The refusal of
banal pleasure insults your
productivity

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The slaughterhouse of
poverty sings with the drowned
mouth of advantage

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Schopenhauer

May 14, 2013

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Every suicide
of a theologian is
a resurrection

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Patriotism is
the wax dog of cowardice
barking at your heart

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A man is himself
only so long as he’s not
intelligible

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The monogamous
relationship will never
assuage solitude

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After your death you
will be what you were before
music existed

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A man’s brain is an
idiot text, parasite
of his intellect

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Perversity is
a fascination with the
inexplicable

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Samuel Beckett

April 4, 2013

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Radishes are all
we have. We have words, but they’re
unnecessary.

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Obliterate bliss.
Pulverize delirium.
Weep for butterflies.

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There’s no cure for a
God who is no longer young,
reduced to dying

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Reason is tripe. Love
is tripe. Death is tripe. But they’re
not all the same tripe.

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Regret nothing but
hideous calculations
and the shine of boots

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Time is a vulgar
sonata, idle discourse
for the hunted deaf

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The sun looked upon
nothingness; silent gleam of
the world’s spangled bones

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Susan Sontag

March 8, 2013

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Boredom is the dull
reverse side of every Right-
wing paranoid lie

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The best thing about
religion is heresy
in a baroque church

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Surrealism is
sadomasochism without
the pornography

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Marx is sexier
than bourgeois social life; he’s
an erotic dream

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Cogito, ergo
something like communism is
human salvation

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American love
is a philistine excess
of sensory dread

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Contemporary
art is all-out war—culture’s
lunatic death mask

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