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Genius is childhood recaptured.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Genius]

 

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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.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Government]

 

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Here in the U.S., culture is not that delicious panacea which we Europeans consume in a sacramental mental space and which has its own special columns in the newspapers -- and in people's minds. Culture is space, speed, cinema, technology. This culture is authentic, if anything can be said to be authentic.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Culture]

 

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Holidays are in no sense an alternative to the congestion and bustle of cities and work. Quite the contrary. People look to escape into an intensification of the conditions of ordinary life, into a deliberate aggravation of those conditions: further from nature, nearer to artifice, to abstraction, to total pollution, to well above average levels of stress, pressure, concentration and monotony -- this is the ideal of popular entertainment. No one is interested in overcoming alienation; the point is to plunge into it to the point of ecstasy. That is what holidays are for.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Vacation]

 

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I hesitate to deposit money in a bank. I am afraid I shall never dare to take it out again. When you go to confession and entrust your sins to the safe-keeping of the priest, do you ever come back for them?
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Bankers and Banking]

 

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If everything is perfect, language is useless. This is true for animals. If animals don't speak, it's because everything's perfect for them. If one day they start to speak, it will be because the world has lost a certain sort of perfection.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Language]

 

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If there is a species which is more maltreated than children, then it must be their toys, which they handle in an incredibly off-hand manner. Toys are thus the end point in that long chain in which all the conditions of despotic high-handedness are in play which enchain beings one to another, from one species to another --cruel divinities to their sacrificial victims, from masters to slaves, from adults to children, and from children to their objects.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Plays]

 

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If we consider the superiority of the human species, the size of its brain, its powers of thinking, language and organization, we can say this: were there the slightest possibility that another rival or superior species might appear, on earth or elsewhere, man would use every means at his disposal to destroy it.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Humankind]

 

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If you are prepared to accept the consequences of your dreams then you must still regard America today with the same naive enthusiasm as the generations that discovered the New World.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [New World]

 

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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.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Love]

 

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In days gone by, we were afraid of dying in dishonor or a state of sin. Nowadays, we are afraid of dying fools. Now the fact is that there is no Extreme Unction to absolve us of foolishness. We endure it here on earth as subjective eternity.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Fools and Foolishness]

 

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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.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Scholars and Scholarship]

 

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Information can tell us everything. It has all the answers. But they are answers to questions we have not asked, and which doubtless don't even arise.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Information]

 

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It is always the same: once you are liberated, you are forced to ask who you are.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Identity]

 

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It is not enough for theory to describe and analyze, it must itself be an event in the universe it describes. In order to do this theory must partake of and become the acceleration of this logic. It must tear itself from all referents and take pride only in the future. Theory must operate on time at the cost of a deliberate distortion of present reality.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Theory]

 

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It only takes a politician believing in what he says for the others to stop believing him.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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Laughter on American television has taken the place of the chorus in Greek tragedy. In other countries, the business of laughing is left to the viewers. Here, their laughter is put on the screen, integrated into the show. It is the screen that is laughing and having a good time. You are simply left alone with your consternation.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Laughter]

 

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Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Statistics]

 

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Man has lost the basic skill of the ape, the ability to scratch its back. Which gave it extraordinary independence, and the liberty to associate for reasons other than the need for mutual back-scratching.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Evolution]

 

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Mistakes, scandals, and failures no longer signal catastrophe. The crucial thing is that they be made credible, and that the public be made aware of the efforts being expended in that direction. The ''marketing'' immunity of governments is similar to that of the major brands of washing powder.
~ Jean Baudrillard - [Scandal]

 

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