A tyrant institutionalises stupidity, but he is the first servant of his own system and the first to be installed within it.

Lose your face: become capable of loving without remembering, without phantasm and without interpretation, without taking stock. Let there just be fluxes, which sometimes dry up, freeze or overflow, which sometimes combine or diverge.

It's a strange business, speaking for yourself, because it doesn't at all come with seeing yourself as an ego or a person or a subject.

Plato will have to invent a transcendence that can be exercised and situated within the field of immanence itself. This is the meaning of the theory of Ideas.

Forming grammatically correct sentences is for the normal individual the prerequisite for any submission to social laws. No one is supposed to be ignorant of grammaticality; those who are belong in special institutions. The unity of language is fundamentally political.

The theory of thought is like painting: it needs that revolution which took art from representation to abstraction. This is the aim of a theory of thought without image.

Paradox is the pathos or the passion of philosophy.

The historical fact is that cinema was constituted as such by becoming narrative, by presenting a story, and by rejecting its other possible directions. The approximation which follows is that, from that point, the sequences of images and even each image, a single shot, are assimilated to propositions or rather oral utterances [...].

Here all guilt ceases, for it cannot cling to such flowers as these.

Is it not first through the voice that one becomes animal?

The morality of customs,the spirit of the laws, produces the man emancipated from the law.

Maybe speech and communication have been corrupted. They're thoroughly permeated by money - and not by accident but by their very nature. We've got to hijack speech. Creating has always been something different from communicating. The key thing may be to create vacuoles on noncommunication, circuit breakers, so that we can elude control.

Morality consists in this for each individual: to attempt each time to extend its region of clear expression, to try to augment its amplitude, so as to produce a free act that expresses the most possible in one given condition or another.

The city seems to be a labyrinth that can be ordered. The world is an infinite series of curvatures or inflections, and the entire world is enclosed in the soul from one point of view.

Shit on your whole mortifying, imaginary, and symbolic theater!

Only thought is capable of inventing the fiction of a State that is universal by right, of elevation the State to the level of de jure universality.

Making love is not just becoming as one, or even two, but becoming as a hundred thousand. Desiring-machines or the nonhuman sex: not one or even two sexes, but n sexes.

What does belief applied to the unconscious signify? What is an unconscious that no longer does anything but believe, rather than produce? What are the operations, the artifices that inject the unconscious with ‘beliefs' that are not even rational, but on the contrary only too reasonable and consistent with the established order?

Every animal is fundamentally a band, a pack.

It is always from the depths of its impotence that each power center draws its power, hence their extreme maliciousness, and vanity.

The coils of a serpent are even more complex than the burrows of a molehill.

Psychoanalysts are bent on producing man abstractly, that is to say ideologically, for culture. It is Oedipus who produces man in this fashion and who gives a structure to the false movement of infinite progression and regression.

The cinema must film, not the world, but belief in this world, our only link. (…). Restoring our belief in the world – this is the power of cinema.

A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window.

According to Beckett's or Kafka's law, there is immobility beyond movement: beyond standing up, there is sitting down, and beyond sitting down, lying down, beyond which one finally dissipates.

To affirm is not to bear, carry, or harness oneself to that which exists, but on the contrary to unburden, unharness, and set free that which lives.

The fundamental problem of political philosophy is still precisely the one that Spinoza saw so clearly (and that Wilhelm Reich rediscovered): Why do men fight for their servitude as stubbornly as though it were their salvation?

An image of thought called philosophy has been formed historically and it effectively stops people from thinking.

The shadow escapes from the body like an animal we had been sheltering.

The folding or doubling is itself a Memory: the ‘absolute memory' or the memory of the outside, beyond the brief memory inscribed in strata and archives, beyond the relics remaining in the diagrams.

Bring something incomprehensible into the world!

It is not the slumber of reason that engenders monsters, but vigilant and insomniac rationality.

There's no democratic state that's not compromised to the very core by its part in generating human misery.

Psychoanalysis was from the start, still is, and perhaps always will be a well-constituted church and a form of treatment based on a set of beliefs that only the very faithful could adhere to, i.e., those who believe in a security that amounts to being lost in the herd and defined in terms of common and external goals.

The self is only a threshold, a door, a becoming between two multiplicities.

Philosophy, art, and science are not the mental objects of an objectified brain but the three aspects under which the brain becomes subject.

History is made only by those who oppose history (not by those who insert themselves into it, or even reshape it).

Every time someone puts an objection to me, I want to say: 'OK, OK, let's go on to something else.' Objections have never contributed anything.

Identity and resemblance would then be no more than inevitable illusions - in other words, concepts of reflection which would account for our inveterate habit of thinking difference on the basis of the categories of representation.

The philosopher creates, he doesn't reflect.

A leftist government doesn't exist because being on the left has nothing to do with governments.

I haven't got the normal protective whorls, so that touching anything, especially fabric, causes such irritation that I need long nails to protect them.

What a relief to have nothing to say, the right to say nothing, because only then is there a chance of framing the rare, or ever rarer, the thing that might be worth saying.

We head for the horizon, on the plane of immanence, and we return with bloodshot eyes, yet they are the eyes of the mind.

Let us create extraordinary words, on condition that they be put to the most ordinary use and that the entity they designate be made to exist in the same way as the most common object.

You never walk alone. Even the devil is the lord of flies.

I believe strongly that philosophy has nothing to do with specialists.

Before being a mental state of the schizophrenic who has made himself into an artificial person through autism, schizophrenia is the process of the production of desire and desiring-machines.

A book has neither object nor subject; it is made of variously formed matters, and very different dates and speeds.