Antonin Artaud

1896 - 1948

A Quote by Antonin Artaud on madman, authenticity, man, human, asylum, and society

"And what is an authentic madman? It is a man who preferred to become mad, in the socially accepted sense of the word, rather than forfeit a certain superior idea of human honor. So society has strangled in its asylums all those it wanted to get rid of or protect itself from, because they refused to become its accomplices in certain great nastinesses. For a madman is also a man whom society did not want to hear and whom it wanted to prevent from uttering certain intolerable truths."

Antonin Artaud (1896 - 1948)

Source: as quoted in "Van Gogh, the Man Suicided by Society", 1947; repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 33, ed. by Susan Sontag, 1976

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A Quote by Antonin Artaud on art and passion

All true language is incomprehensible, like the chatter of a beggar's teeth.

Antonin Artaud (1896 - 1948)

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A Quote by Antonin Artaud on culture and fatigue

Never tire yourself more than necessary, even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones.

Antonin Artaud (1896 - 1948)

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A Quote by Antonin Artaud on facts, life, and understanding

When we speak the word "life," it must be understood we are not referring to life as we know it from its surface of fact, but to that fragile, fluctuating center which forms never reach.

Antonin Artaud (1896 - 1948)

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A Quote by Antonin Artaud on genius, ideas, life, people, preparation, and solution

There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him

Antonin Artaud (1896 - 1948)

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A Quote by Antonin Artaud on scientists, theory, and understanding

But how is one to make a scientist understand that there is something unalterably deranged about differential calculus, quantum theory, or the obscene and so inanely liturgical ordeals of the precession of the equinoxes.

Antonin Artaud (1896 - 1948)

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