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Jean Baudrillard Quotes


A cultural theorist and philosopher. His work is frequently associated with postmodernism and post-structuralism.
(1926 - 2007)

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A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
 

Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth.
 

At male strip shows, it is still the women that we watch, the audience of women and their eager faces. They are more obscene than if they were dancing naked themselves.
 

At the heart of pornography is sexuality haunted by its own disappearance.
 

Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors.
 

Deep down, no one really believes they have a right to live. But this death sentence generally stays tucked away, hidden beneath the difficulty of living. If that difficulty is removed from time to time, death is suddenly there, unintelligibly.
 

Deep down, the US, with its space, its technological refinement, its bluff good conscience, even in those spaces which it opens up for simulation, is the only remaining primitive society.
 

Driving is a spectacular form of amnesia. Everything is to be discovered, everything to be obliterated.
 

Governing today means giving acceptable signs of credibility. It is like advertising and it is the same effect that is achieved - commitment to a scenario.
 

I hesitate to deposit money in a bank. I am afraid I shall never dare to take it out again. When you go to confession and entrust your sins to the safe-keeping of the priest, do you ever come back for them?
 

If you say, I love you, then you have already fallen in love with language, which is already a form of break up and infidelity.
 

In the same way that we need statesmen to spare us the abjection of exercising power, we need scholars to spare us the abjection of learning.
 

It is always the same: once you are liberated, you are forced to ask who you are.
 

It only takes a politician believing in what he says for the others to stop believing him.
 

Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment.
 

Never resist a sentence you like, in which language takes its own pleasure and in which, after having abused it for so long, you are stupefied by its innocence.
 

Perhaps the world's second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore.
 

Santa Barbara is a paradise; Disneyland is a paradise; the U.S. is a paradise. Paradise is just paradise. Mournful, monotonous, and superficial though it may be, it is paradise. There is no other.
 

Seduction is always more singular and sublime than sex and it commands the higher price.
 

Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things.
[Television]
 


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