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Executives are like joggers. If you stop a jogger, he goes on running on the spot. If you drag an executive away from his business, he goes on running on the spot, pawing the ground, talking business. He never stops hurtling onwards, making decisions and executing them.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Business
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A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Criticism
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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.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Love
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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.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Love
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As for freedom, it will soon cease to exist in any shape or form. Living will depend upon absolute obedience to a strict set of arrangements, which it will no longer be possible to transgress. The air traveler is not free. In the future, life's passengers will be even less so: they will travel through their lives fastened to their (corporate) seats.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Freedom
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The great person is ahead of their time, the smart make something out of it, and the blockhead, sets themselves against it.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Change
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Terror is as much a part of the concept of truth as runniness is of the concept of jam. We wouldn't like jam if it didn't, by its very nature, ooze. We wouldn't like truth if it wasn't sticky, if, from time to time, it didn't ooze blood.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Fear
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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.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Life
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It only takes a politician believing in what he says for the others to stop believing him.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Politics
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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.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Politics
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Politicians -- power itself -- are abject because they merely embody the profound contempt people have for their own lives. One should be grateful to the politicians for accepting the abstractness of power, and ridding others of its burden. This inevitably kills them but they get their revenge by passing onto others the corpse of power.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Politics
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The era of the political was one of anomie: crisis, violence, madness and revolution. The era of the trans-political is that of anomaly: an aberration of no consequence, contemporaneous with the event of no consequence.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Politics
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The surprises of thought are like those of love: they wear out. But here too you can carry on for a long time doing your conjugal duty.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Thoughts
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It is not enough for theory to describe and analyze, it must itself be an event in the universe it describes. In order to do this theory must partake of and become the acceleration of this logic. It must tear itself from all referents and take pride only in the future. Theory must operate on time at the cost of a deliberate distortion of present reality.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Theory
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Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Television
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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.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Television
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Every woman is like a time-zone. She is a nocturnal fragment of your journey. She brings you unflaggingly closer to the next night.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Men and Women
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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?
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Banks
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If we consider the superiority of the human species, the size of its brain, its powers of thinking, language and organization, we can say this: were there the slightest possibility that another rival or superior species might appear, on earth or elsewhere, man would use every means at his disposal to destroy it.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Humankind
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A woman spent all Christmas Day in a telephone box without ringing anyone. If someone comes to phone, she leaves the box, then resumes her place afterwards. No one calls her either, but from a window in the street, someone watched her all day, no doubt since they had nothing better to do. The Christmas syndrome.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Christmas
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Here in the U.S., culture is not that delicious panacea which we Europeans consume in a sacramental mental space and which has its own special columns in the newspapers -- and in people's minds. Culture is space, speed, cinema, technology. This culture is authentic, if anything can be said to be authentic.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Culture
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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.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Government
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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.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | America
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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.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | America
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The skylines lit up at dead of night, the air-conditioning systems cooling empty hotels in the desert and artificial light in the middle of the day all have something both demented and admirable about them. The mindless luxury of a rich civilization, and yet of a civilization perhaps as scared to see the lights go out as was the hunter in his primitive night.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Civilization
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Democracy is the menopause of Western society, the Grand Climacteric of the body social. Fascism is its middle-aged lust.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Democracy
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Depression moods lead, almost invariably, to accidents. But, when they occur, our mood changes again, since the accident shows we can draw the world in our wake, and that we still retain some degree of power even when our spirits are low. A series of accidents creates a positively light-hearted state, out of consideration for this strange power.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Depression
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With the truth, you need to get rid of it as soon as possible and pass it on to someone else. As with illness, this is the only way to be cured of it. The person who keeps truth in his hands has lost.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Truth
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Sadder than destitution, sadder than a beggar is the man who eats alone in public. Nothing more contradicts the laws of man or beast, for animals always do each other the honor of sharing or disputing each other's food.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Food
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Contact with men who wield power and authority still leaves an intangible sense of repulsion. It's very like being in close proximity to fecal matter, the fecal embodiment of something unmentionable, and you wonder what it is made of and when it acquired its historically sacred character.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Power
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In days gone by, we were afraid of dying in dishonor or a state of sin. Nowadays, we are afraid of dying fools. Now the fact is that there is no Extreme Unction to absolve us of foolishness. We endure it here on earth as subjective eternity.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Fools
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The liberated man is not the one who is freed in his ideal reality, his inner truth, or his transparency; he is the man who changes spaces, who circulates, who changes sex, clothes, and habits according to fashion, rather than morality, and who changes opinions not as his conscience dictates but in response to opinion polls.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Free Will
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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.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Language
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If everything is perfect, language is useless. This is true for animals. If animals don't speak, it's because everything's perfect for them. If one day they start to speak, it will be because the world has lost a certain sort of perfection.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Language
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Laughter on American television has taken the place of the chorus in Greek tragedy. In other countries, the business of laughing is left to the viewers. Here, their laughter is put on the screen, integrated into the show. It is the screen that is laughing and having a good time. You are simply left alone with your consternation.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Laughter
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We shall never resolve the enigma of the relation between the negative foundations of greatness and that greatness itself.
~ Jean Baudrillard | (French sociologist, and philosopher. ) | 1929-2007 | Greatness
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