In the same way that we need statesmen to spare us the abjection of exercising power, we need scholars to spare us the abjection of learning.
There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.
Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors.
At the heart of pornography is sexuality haunted by its own disappearance.
If you say, I love you, then you have already fallen in love with language, which is already a form of break up and infidelity.
Governing today means giving acceptable signs of credibility. It is like advertising and it is the same effect that is achieved - commitment to a scenario.
Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth.
At male strip shows, it is still the women that we watch, the audience of women and their eager faces. They are more obscene than if they were dancing naked themselves.
Deep down, the US, with its space, its technological refinement, its bluff good conscience, even in those spaces which it opens up for simulation, is the only remaining primitive society.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
The order of the world is always right - such is the judgment of God. For God has departed, but he has left his judgment behind, the way the Cheshire Cat left his grin.
Never resist a sentence you like, in which language takes its own pleasure and in which, after having abused it for so long, you are stupefied by its innocence.
Seduction is always more singular and sublime than sex and it commands the higher price.
It only takes a politician believing in what he says for the others to stop believing him.
Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things.
The abjection of our political situation is the only true challenge today. Only facing up to this situation in all its desperation can help us get out of it.