Raoul Vaneigem quote

"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."

Raoul Vaneigem

Born: 1934

Occupation: Writer

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Suffering is the pain of constraints. An atom of pure delight, no matter how small, can hold it at bay.

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In the kingdom of consumption the citizen is king. A democratic monarchy: equality before consumption, fraternity in consumption, and freedom through consumption.

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The work of art of the future will be the construction of a passionate life.

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Purchasing power is a license to purchase power.

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I do not dream of a gentle revolution. My passion runs to the violence of supersession, the ferocity of a life that renounces nothing.

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In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.

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Our task is not to rediscover nature but to remake it.

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Who wants a world in which the guarantee that we shall not die of starvation entails the risk of dying of boredom?

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To be rich nowadays merely means to possess a large number of poor objects.

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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.

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Hope is the leash of submission.

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The eruption of lived pleasure is such that in losing myself I find myself; forgetting that I exist, I realize myself.

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Purchasing power is a license to purchase power. The old proletariat sold its labour power in order to subsist; what little leisure time it had was passed pleasantly enough in conversations, arguments,...

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Daydreaming subverts the world.

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People without imagination are beginning to tire of the importance attached to comfort, to culture, to leisure, to all that destroys imagination. This means that people are not really tired of comfort,...

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As poverty has been reduced in terms of mere survival, it has become more profound in terms of our way of life.

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