What we need is to use what we have.
Religion is probably, after sex, the second oldest resource which human beings have available to them for blowing their minds.
The writer is either a practicing recluse or a delinquent, guilt-ridden one; or both. Usually both.
The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions.
It's a pleasure to share one's memories. Everything remembered is dear, endearing, touching, precious. At least the past is safe /though we didn't know it at the time. We know it now. Because it's in the past; because we have survived.
Much of modern art is devoted to lowering the threshold of what is terrible. By getting us used to what, formerly, we could not bear to see or hear, because it was too shocking, painful, or embarrassing, art changes morals.
Lying is the most simple form of self-defence.
Making social comment is an artificial place for an artist to start from. If an artist is touched by some social condition, what the artist creates will reflect that, but you can't force it.
Mallarme said that everything in the world exists in order to end in a book. Today everything exists to end in a photograph.
Most people in this society who aren't actively mad are, at best, reformed or potential lunatics.
My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything.
Pornography is a theatre of types, never of individuals.
Sanity is a cozy lie.
Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.
Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.
So successful has been the camera's role in beautifying the world that photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful.
Societies need to have one illness which becomes identified with evil, and attaches blame to its victims.
Surrealism is a bourgeois disaffection; that its militants thought it universal is only one of the signs that it is typically bourgeois.
The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art - and, by analogy, our own experience - more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
The becoming of man is the history of the exhaustion of his possibilities.
The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own.
The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty - of the indefinite expansion of possibility.
The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.
The love of the famous, like all strong passions, is quite abstract. Its intensity can be measured mathematically, and it is independent of persons.
The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions.