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Born: 1930-07-15
Profession: Philosopher
Nation: French
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I wrote some bad poetry that I published in North African journals, but even as I withdrew into this reading, I also led the life of a kind of young hooligan.

Tags: Bad, Life, Poetry

These critics organize and practice in my case a sort of obsessive personality cult which philosophers should know how to question and above all, to moderate.

Tags: Above, Practice, Question

No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist whom he or she doesn't understand, or at someone who speaks a foreign language, but rather at someone who tampers with your own language.

Tags: Angry, Someone, Understand

The first problem of the media is posed by what does not get translated, or even published in the dominant political languages.

Tags: Media, Political, Problem

To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend.

Tags: Actually, Pretend, Pretended

Still today, I cannot cross the threshold of a teaching institution without physical symptoms, in my chest and my stomach, of discomfort or anxiety. And yet I have never left school.

Tags: Cannot, School, Today

Everything is arranged so that it be this way, this is what is called culture.

Tags: Arranged, Culture

Why is it the philosopher who is expected to be easier and not some scientist who is even more inaccessible?

Tags: Expected, Scientist, Why

I do everything I think possible or acceptable to escape from this trap.

Tags: Escape, Possible, Trap

Who ever said that one was born just once?

Tags: Born, Once, Said

I have always had school sickness, as others have seasickness. I cried when it was time to go back to school long after I was old enough to be ashamed of such behavior.

Tags: Enough, School, Time

As soon as there is language, generality has entered the scen.

Tags: Entered, Language, Soon

I never give in to the temptation to be difficult just for the sake of being difficult. That would be too ridiculous.

Tags: Difficult, Give, Temptation

We are all mediators, translators.

Tags: Dream, Language, Philosophy

Whatever precautions you take so the photograph will look like this or that, there comes a moment when the photograph surprises you. It is the other's gaze that wins out and decides.

Tags: Moment, Surprises, Whatever

I became the stage for the great argument between Nietzsche and Rousseau. I was the extra ready to take on all the roles.

Tags: Between, Great, Ready

The circle of the return to birth can only remain open, but this is a chance, a sign of life, and a wound.

Tags: Chance, Life, Open

Certain readers resented me when they could no longer recognize their territory, their institution.

Tags: Longer, Readers, Recognize

I do not believe in pure idioms. I think there is naturally a desire, for whoever speaks or writes, to sign in an idiomatic, irreplaceable manner.

Tags: Desire, Pure, Sign

If this work seems so threatening, this is because it isn't simply eccentric or strange, but competent, rigorously argued, and carrying conviction.

Tags: Seems, Strange, Work

These years of the Ecole Normale were an ordeal. Nothing was handed to me on the first try.

Tags: Handed, Ordeal, Try

Every discourse, even a poetic or oracular sentence, carries with it a system of rules for producing analogous things and thus an outline of methodology.

Tags: Poetic, Rules, System

I have always had trouble recognizing myself in the features of the intellectual playing his political role according to the screenplay that you are familiar with and whose heritage deserves to be questioned.

Tags: Playing, Political, Trouble

In philosophy, you have to reckon with the implicit level of an accumulated reserve, and thus with a very great number of relays, with the shared responsibility of these relays.

Tags: Great, Number, Philosophy

My most resolute opponents believe that I am too visible, that I am a little too alive, that my name echoes too much in the texts which they nevertheless claim to be inaccessible.

Tags: Alive, Claim, Name

The boarding-school experience in Paris was very hard, I didn't put up with it very well. I was sick all the time, or in any case frail, on the edge of a nervous breakdown.

Tags: Experience, Hard, Time
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