My work is basically an outgrowth of the anger I feel about the human condition. The aspects of it that make me angry are our capacity for cruelty and the ability people have to ignore situations they don’t like.
~ Bruce Nauman
I have never been one of those who cares about happiness. Happiness is a strange notion. I am just not made for it. It has never been a goal of mine; I do not think in those terms.
~ Werner Herzog
What I’m interested in is happiness with a full awareness of the tragedy of life, the potential tragedy that lurks around every corner and the tragedy that actually is life.
~ Wolfgang Tillmans
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
~ Charles Darwin
Emancipatory politics always consists in making seem possible precisely that which, from within the situation, is declared to be impossible.
~ Alain Badiou
I sometimes think that there is nothing but time, that what you see and what you feel is what time looks like at that moment.
~ Paul Thek
Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war.
Sometimes I am such an unbeliever, I can’t even bring myself to believe that there are people who don’t believe.
~ Sarah Vanhee
Because experience shows that there is nothing easier to instrumentalize than yesterday’s subversion.
~ Brian Holmes
Intuition is neither a feeling, an inspiration nor a disorderly sympathy but a fully developed method.
~ Gilles Deleuze
Art has no immediate future, because all art is collective and there is no more collective life.
~ Simone Weil
Life is very short, and it ought not to be spent crawling at the feet of miserable scoundrels.
Anyone who’s never experienced the pleasure of betrayal doesn’t know what pleasure is.
~ Jean Genet
It is the bliss of childhood that we are being warped most when we know it the least.
~ William Gaddis
I would like to dance with the people and with the things I’m working towards.
~ Avery F. Gordon
The art of the future is not connoisseurship, but labor itself transfigured.
~ Nikolai Tarabukin
The record, as usual, is not good. But on the other hand it is wonderful.
~ Caetano Veloso
The conflict between art and politics… cannot and must not be solved.
~ Hannah Arendt
God made everything out of nothing, but the nothing shows through.
~ Paul Valéry
There is no force like guilt to create intense reality effects.
~ Jan Verwoert
I recommend paranoia, it generates a lot of creativity
~ Jeanne Randolph
I’m what happens after death, which is writing.
~ Kathy Acker
Wishes are premonitions of abilities.
I am at war with the obvious.
~ William Eggleston
Awkwardness is collaborative.
~ James Guida
I accept the world.
~ Margaret Fuller