As poverty has been reduced in terms of mere survival, it has become more profound in terms of our way of life.
Daily life is governed by an economic system in which the production and consumption of insults tends to balance out.
Daydreaming subverts the world.
Everything has been said yet few have taken advantage of it. Since all our knowledge is essentially banal, it can only be of value to minds that are not.
Hope is the leash of submission.
In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.
In the twentieth century, death terrifies men less than the absence of real life.
It is entirely up to us to invent our own lives.
Our task is not to rediscover nature but to remake it.
People are bewitched into believing that time slips away, and this belief is the basis of time actually slipping away.
Purchasing power is a license to purchase power.
Suffering is the pain of constraints. An atom of pure delight, no matter how small, can hold it at bay.
The history of our times calls to mind those Walt Disney characters who rush madly over the edge of a cliff without seeing it, so that the power of their imagination keeps them suspended in mid-air; but as soon as they look down and see where they are, they fall.
The same people who are murdered slowly in the mechanized slaughterhouses of work are also arguing, singing, drinking, dancing, making love, holding the streets, picking up weapons and inventing a new poetry.
The work of art of the future will be the construction of a passionate life.
The world of the commodity is a world upside-down, which bases itself not upon life but upon the transformation of life into work.
There are more truths in twenty-four hours of a man's life than in all the philosophies.
To be rich nowadays merely means to possess a large number of poor objects.
We can escape the commonplace only by manipulating it, controlling it, thrusting it into our dreams or surrendering it to the free play of our subjectivity.
We have a world of pleasure to win, and nothing to lose but boredom.
Who wants a world in which the guarantee that we shall not die of starvation entails the risk of dying of boredom?
Work is the opposite of creativity.
Work to survive, survive by consuming, survive to consume; the hellish cycle is complete.
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