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Antonin Artaud quotes

Antonin Artaud
There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him.

Antonin Artaud
It is not opium which makes me work but its absence, and in order for me to feel its absence it must from time to time be present.

Antonin Artaud
No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.

Antonin Artaud
We do not die because we have to die we die because one day, and not so long ago, our consciousness was forced to deem it necessary.

Antonin Artaud
But how is one to make a scientist understand that there is something unalterably deranged about differential calculus, quantum theory, or the obscene and so inanely liturgical ordeals of the precession of the equinoxes.

Antonin Artaud
So long as we have failed to eliminate any of the causes of human despair, we do not have the right to try to eliminate those means by which man tries to cleanse himself of despair.

Antonin Artaud
All true language is incomprehensible, like the chatter of a beggar's teeth.

Antonin Artaud
Written poetry is worth reading once, and then should be destroyed. Let the dead poets make way for others. Then we might even come to see that it is our veneration for what has already been created, however beautiful and valid it may be, that petrifies us.

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