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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.
 

The great person is ahead of their time, the smart make something out of it, and the blockhead, sets themselves against it.
[Against]
 

The order of the world is always right - such is the judgment of God. For God has departed, but he has left his judgment behind, the way the Cheshire Cat left his grin.
 

The sad thing about artificial intelligence is that it lacks artifice and therefore intelligence.
 

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.
 

The world is not dialectical - it is sworn to extremes, not to equilibrium, sworn to radical antagonism, not to reconciliation or synthesis. This is also the principle of evil.
[Antagonism]
 

There exists, between people in love, a kind of capital held by each. This is not just a stock of affects or pleasure, but also the possibility of playing double or quits with the share you hold in the other's heart.
 

There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.
 

There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.
 

There is nothing more mysterious than a TV set left on in an empty room. It is even stranger than a man talking to himself or a woman standing dreaming at her stove. It is as if another planet is communicating with you.
 

To love someone is to isolate him from the world, wipe out every trace of him, dispossess him of his shadow, drag him into a murderous future. It is to circle around the other like a dead star and absorb him into a black light.
 

We shall never resolve the enigma of the relation between the negative foundations of greatness and that greatness itself.
 

What is a society without a heroic dimension?
 

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.
[America]
 

You are born modern, you do not become so.
 


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