November 13, 2014

Some Short Quotes


I dedicate every pore to what’s here.
– Ikkyū

Skepticism is the elegance of anxiety.
– E.M. Cioran

Do it or don’t do it – you will regret both.
– Søren Kierkegaard

I make art in order to give other people my problems.
– Mike Kelley

Why else keep a journal, if not to examine your own filth?
– Anne Sexton

Theory is good, but it does not prevent things from existing.
– Jean-Martin Charcot

How long can a person recover before it becomes another form of not being?
– Claudia La Rocco

I don’t do anything with my life except romanticize and decay with indecision.
– Allen Ginsberg

There are not millions of deaths. It happens millions of times that someone dies.
– Etel Adnan

The artists I work with turn to emotion because this is where ideology does its most devastating work.
– Jennifer Doyle

It is not that I have no past. Rather, it continually fragments on the terrible and vivid ephemera of now.
– Samuel R. Delany

He loved the moment when a bouncing ping-pong ball stops bouncing, but one doesn't know if it has finally come to rest.
– Eliot Weinberger on Hans Faverey

To be making something as yet unformed, unknown – to be living in a deferred moment – is the most seductive way to exist.
– Moyra Davey

The more a ruling class is able to assimilate the most prominent men of a ruled class, the more solid and dangerous its rule.
– Karl Marx

But a creative life cannot be sustained by approval, any more than it can be destroyed by criticism – you learn this as you go on.
– Will Self

If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it – keep going, keep going come what may.
– Vincent van Gogh


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