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D.H. Lawrence had the impression " that psychoanalysis was shutting sexuality up in a bizarre sort of box painted with bourgeois motifs, in a kind of rather repugnant artificial triangle, thereby stifling the whole of sexuality as a production of desire so as to recast it along entirely different lines, making of it a "dirty little secret', a dirty little family secret, a private theater rather than the fantastic factory of nature and production
tags: desires nature secret sexuality
— Gilles Deleuze
In order for music to free itself, it will have to pass over to the other side - there where territories tremble, where the structures collapse, where the ethoses get mixed up, where a powerful song of the earth is unleashed, the great ritornelles that transmutes all the airs it carries away and makes return.
tags: earth powerful song music
— Gilles Deleuze
What do you know about me, given that I believe in secrecy? ... If I stick where I am, if I don't travel around, like anyone else I make my inner journeys that I can only measure by my emotions, and express very obliquely and circuitously in what I write. ... Arguments from one's own privileged experience are bad and reactionary arguments.
tags: travel experience journey believe emotion bad write
— Gilles Deleuze
Forming grammatically correct sentences is for the normal individual the prerequisite for any submission to social laws. No one is supposed to be ignorant of grammaticality; those who are belong in special institutions. The unity of language is fundamentally political.
tags: language law political
— Gilles Deleuze
A tyrant institutionalises stupidity, but he is the first servant of his own system and the first to be installed within it.
tags: stupidity
— Gilles Deleuze
There's no need to fear or hope, but only to look for new weapons.
tags: fear hope
— Gilles Deleuze
Philosophy, art, and science are not the mental objects of an objectified brain but the three aspects under which the brain becomes subject.
tags: mental brain philosophy
— Gilles Deleuze
I have no admiration for culture. I have no reserve knowledge, no provisional knowledge. And everything that I learn, I learn for a particular task, and once it's done, I immediately forget it, so that if ten years later, I have to get involved with something close to or directly within the same subject, I would have to start again from zero, with some few exceptions.
tags: culture learn year
— Gilles Deleuze
There's no democratic state that's not compromised to the very core by its part in generating human misery.
tags: human misery
— Gilles Deleuze
Images exist; things themselves are images... Images constantly act on and react to one another, produce and consume. There is no difference between images, things and movement...
— Gilles Deleuze
Writing has nothing to do with meaning. It has to do with landsurveying and cartography, including the mapping of countries yet to come.
tags: meaning writing
— Gilles Deleuze
Art is not communicative, art is not reflexive. Art, science, philosophy are neither contemplative, neither reflexive, nor communicative. They are creative, that's all.
tags: philosophy creative
— Gilles Deleuze
Intuition is neither a feeling, an inspiration nor a disorderly sympathy but a fully developed method.
tags: intuition
— Gilles Deleuze
The shame of being a man - is there any better reason to write?
tags: men shame
— Gilles Deleuze
The technocrat is the natural friend of the dictator-computers and dictatorship; but the revolutionary lives in the gap which separates technical progress from social totality, and inscribed there his dream of permanent revolution. This dream, therefore, is itself action, reality, and an effective menace to all established order; it renders possible what it dreams about.
tags: reality live friends action progress revolution dreams
— Gilles Deleuze
Underneath all reason lies delirium and drift.
tags: lies
— Gilles Deleuze
It's not easy to see things from the middle, rather than looking down on them from above or up at them from below, or from left to right or right to left: try it, you'll see that everything changes.
tags: right
— Gilles Deleuze
To become imperceptible oneself, to have dismantled love in order to become capable of loving. To have dismantled one's self in order finally to be alone and meet the true double at the other end of the line. A clandestine passenger on a motionless voyage. To become like everybody else; but this, precisely, is a becoming only for one who knows how to be nobody, to no longer be anybody. To paint oneself gray on gray.
tags: self alone oneself true loving
— Gilles Deleuze
Write, form a rhizome, increase your territory by deterritorialization, extend the line of flight to the point where it becomes an abstract machine covering the entire plane of consistency.
tags: write machine
— Gilles Deleuze
The fundamental problem of political philosophy is still precisely the one that Spinoza saw so clearly (and that Wilhelm Reich rediscovered): Why do men fight for their servitude as stubbornly as though it were their salvation?
tags: men problem fight political philosophy fundamental
— Gilles Deleuze
A creator is someone who creates their own impossibilities, and thereby creates possibilities.
tags: possibility
— Gilles Deleuze
A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window.
— Gilles Deleuze
The problem is no longer getting people to express themselves, but providing little gaps of solitude and silence in which they might eventually find something to say. Repressive forces don't stop people from expressing themselves, but rather, force them to express themselves. What a relief to have nothing to say, the right to say nothing, because only then is there a chance of framing the rare, or ever rarer, the thing that might be worth saying.
tags: chance people silence solitude problem right saying worth
— Gilles Deleuze
Can you harness the power of drugs without them taking over, without turning into a dazed zombie?
tags: power drugs
— Gilles Deleuze
The instinct of revenge is the force which constitutes the essence of what we call psychology, history, metaphysics and morality. The spirit of revenge is the genealogical element of our thought, the transcendental principle of our way of thinking.
— Gilles Deleuze
An image of thought called philosophy has been formed historically and it effectively stops people from thinking.
tags: people thoughts thinking philosophy
— Gilles Deleuze
The law is not known, since there is nothing in it to know. We come across it only through its action, and it acts only through its sentence and its execution. It is not distinguishable from the application. We know it only through its imprint on our heart and our flesh: we are guilty, necessarily guilty. Guilt is like the moral thread which duplicates the thread of time.
tags: time heart action law guilt morals
— Gilles Deleuze
The philosopher creates, he doesn't reflect.
tags: philosopher
— Gilles Deleuze
Philosophy is not in a state of external reflection on other domains, but in a state of active and internal alliance with them, and it is neither more abstract nor more difficult.
tags: reflection philosophy
— Gilles Deleuze
Let us create extraordinary words, on condition that they be put to the most ordinary use and that the entity they designate be made to exist in the same way as the most common object.
— Gilles Deleuze
The percept is the landscape before man, in the absence of man.
tags: men
— Gilles Deleuze
belief is necessarily something false that diverts and suffocates effective production
tags: belief
— Gilles Deleuze
Either it is the fold of the infinite, or the constant folds [replis] of finitude which curve the outside and constitute the inside.
— Gilles Deleuze
It is always from the depths of its impotence that each power center draws its power, hence their extreme maliciousness, and vanity
tags: power extreme
— Gilles Deleuze
It is not the slumber of reason that engenders monsters, but vigilant and insomniac rationality
— Gilles Deleuze
Every time someone puts an objection to me, I want to say: 'OK, OK, let's go on to something else.' Objections have never contributed anything.
tags: time
— Gilles Deleuze
Courage consists, however, in agreeing to flee rather than live tranquilly and hypocritically in false refuges. Values, morals, homelands, religions, and these private certitudes that our vanity and our complacency bestow generously on us, have many deceptive sojourns as the world arranges for those who think they are standing straight and at ease, among stable things
tags: live world value morals courage
— Gilles Deleuze
My eye, my brain, are images, parts of my body. How could my brain contain images since it is one image among others?
tags: body eyes brain
— Gilles Deleuze
The conditions of a true critique and a true creation are the same: the destruction of an image of thought which presupposes itself and the genesis of the act of thinking in thought itself. Something in the world forces us to think. This something is an object not of recognition but of a fundamental encounter
— Gilles Deleuze
The self is only a threshold, a door, a becoming between two multiplicities
tags: self
— Gilles Deleuze
gilles deleuze
Birth    : January 18, 1925
Death  : November 4, 1995
Occupation  : Philosopher