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Born: 1959-01-01
Profession: Philosopher
Nation: French
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God is a fiction invented by people so they do not have to face the reality of their condition.

Tags: Face, God, Reality

I discovered philosophy in my youth when I read 'wildly,' and thus I was exposed to the world of ideas.

Tags: Philosophy, Read, Youth

I have a big problem with Islam.

Tags: Big, Islam, Problem

Religion is like magic. It is all about tricks.

Tags: Magic, Religion, Tricks

Camus believed in dialogue and diplomacy, and enlisted his work as a philosopher to the need to find nonviolent solutions, whereas Sartre called for violent conflicts and justified terror.

Tags: Diplomacy, Terror, Work

For the establishment, philosophy is both an elitist and an idealist discipline: In high school, it is a compulsory subject; at university, they teach the idealist line. They are conducting a conversation with themselves.

Tags: Philosophy, School, Themselves

I am a sworn atheist and therefore from my point of view the Talmud or the Koran don't constitute works of political philosophy but rather writings that stand in utter contradiction to concepts like logic, freedom, feminism, secularism, brotherhood - which are my ideals.

Tags: Freedom, Philosophy, Political

I believe in libertarian options because they allow an interesting management of the capital and are based on co-operation, reciprocity, contract, federation.

Tags: Based, Contract, Management

It's hard for me to imagine a philosopher disconnected from the world, indifferent to the cares of his country, unmoved by poverty, unemployment: I am a committed citizen.

Tags: Country, Hard, Poverty

Socialists find me too far left; Trotskyites not far enough; ecologists say I am too happy eating foie gras, defending nuclear energy and GM plants; feminists find I am not enough of a woman; anarchists a petit-bourgeois who has sold out because I believe in universal suffrage.

Tags: Enough, Happy, Woman

There were some situations where I was giving up everything I had for the band and I just expected everybody else to feel the same way. I realized I was just kidding myself.

Tags: Else, Everybody, Giving

If you really want something you just hang with it. We think our future's ahead and not behind.

Tags: Behind, Future

With us, it's a very specific audience. If you like steak, this is it for you.

Tags: Audience, Specific, Steak

If we were to hit the level that Metallica or somebody like that hit, we'd have had a hard time dealing with it. I think it would have been our doom. It's hard for anybody at that level.

Tags: Hard, Somebody, Time

Music shouldn't be based around money or politics. Music should be a bunch of people that really do great songs together doing them together for the pursuit of having a good time.

Tags: Music, Politics, Time

Danny and I wrote 10 songs in seven days, which I thought might be close to the record until you probably look at some of the Beatles statistics.

Tags: Days, Thought, Until

Don't buy the bootlegs, save your stuff, everything's coming back out.

Tags: Coming, Save, Stuff

I believe in God.

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I discovered the Clash, the Pistols, obviously the Ramones, Blondie.

Tags: Clash, Pistols, Ramones

I might not be Shaq, but I can be Kobe, you know?

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I would have hated to been locked into music for the last 20 years and not been able to have a family.

Tags: Able, Family, Music

Look at all the Misfits products that came out. We never made a dime off it.

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My job is not babysitting people; my job is focusing on making the best band I possibly can.

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The main thing is that this band keeps going.

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We got dragged through a system and got burned by crooked lawyers, and the list goes on and on.

Tags: Goes, Lawyers, System

We have a problem now with parents stealing their kids' CDs, so the roles have been reversed.

Tags: Kids, Parents, Problem
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We were watching bands like the Ramones and Blondie and other bands beginning to ignite.

Tags: Bands, Beginning, Watching

We've been through about a million different line-ups throughout our career.

Tags: Career, Million, Throughout

It's not how many tickets can we sell, it's where do we want to play, not where should we play to make the most money. We don't really care about that.

Tags: Care, Money, Sell

It's time to start really writing some stuff, and I really wanted to write some stuff in the vein of the original Misfits, and this was really the first step in that direction.

Tags: Time, Wanted, Writing

The Misfits pretty much funds the Misfits. It used to cost me money to be in the band. I think we got paid the last gig we ever did. After that, we had to work to support our families.

Tags: Money, Pretty, Work

The new album is a childhood dream come true. Got to sing with Ronnie Spector, got to cover a bunch of songs that were influential in drawing a line between the punk form and original rock and roll.

Tags: Between, Rock, True

The packaging has to really sell the product today, because kids can go out and buy a CD and then 10 kids can burn them. So you have to really be on your toes.

Tags: Kids, Sell, Today

The Ramones went through a couple different line-up changes, and Johnny and Joey held through the whole thing. So right now I'm the only one hanging in there.

Tags: Changes, Couple, Whole

We're gonna try and bring on all the different aspects of horror movie making and bring on guests and show all these old '50's B movies. Not the real corny ones, the real cool ones.

Tags: Cool, Movies, Real