No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa.

— Eugene Ionesco

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The supreme trick of mass insanity is that it persuades you that the only abnormal person is the one who refuses to join in the madness of others, the one who tries vainly to resist. We will never understand totalitarianism if we do not understand that people rarely have the strength to be uncommon.

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If one does not understand the usefulness of the useless and the uselessness of the useful, one cannot understand art.

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An avant-garde man is like an enemy inside a city he is bent on destroying, against which he rebels; for like any system of government, an established form of expression is also a form of oppression. The avant-garde man is the opponent of an existing system.

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Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.

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Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.

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Realism, whether it be socialist or not, falls short of reality.

It shrinks it, attenuates it, falsifies it; it does not take into account our basic truths and our fundamental obsessions: love, death, astonishment. It presents man in a reduced and estranged perspective. Truth is in our dreams, in the imagination.

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Childhood is the world of miracle and wonder;

as if creation rose, bathed in the light, out of the darkness, utterly new and fresh and astonishing. The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us.

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A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.

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I have no other pictures of the world apart from those which express evanescence, and callousness, vanity and anger, emptiness, orhideous useless hate. Everything has merely confirmed what I had seen and understood in my childhood: futile and sordid fits of rage, cries suddenly blanketed by the silence, shadows swallowed up for ever by the night.

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There are more dead people than living.

And their numbers are increasing. The living are getting rarer.

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There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison;

there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation.

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I personally would like to bring a tortoise onto the stage, turn it into a racehorse, then into a hat, a song, a dragoon and a fountain of water. One can dare anything in the theatre and it is the place where one dares the least.

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About Eugene Ionesco

Quotes 91 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Dramatist
Birthday October 16

Many people have delusions of grandeur but you're deluded by triviality.

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God is dead. Marx is dead. And I don't feel so well myself.

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The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us.

When the world seems familiar, when one has got used to existence, one has become an adult.

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Oh words, what crimes are committed in your name? ~Jack or The Submission

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DAISY: I never knew you were such a realist-I thought you were more poetic.

Where's your imagination? There are many sides to reality. Choose the one that's best for you. Escape into the world of imagination.

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A person who has not completely lost the memory of paradise, even though it is a faint one, will suffer endlessly. He will feel the call of the essential world, will hear the voice that comes from so far away that one cannot find out where it comes from, a voice that cannot guide him.

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Only the ephemeral is of lasting value.

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A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.

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That's how we stay young these days: murder and suicide.

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Beauty is a precious trace that eternity causes to appear to us and that it takes away from us. A manifestation of eternity, and a sign of death as well.

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You've always made the mistake of being yourself.

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Childhood is over the moment things are no longer astonishing.

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Boredom flourishes too, when you feel safe. It's a symptom of security.

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The light of memory, or rather the light that memory lends to things, is the palest light of all. I am not quite sure whether I am dreaming or remembering, whether I have lived my life or dreamed it. Just as dreams do, memory makes me profoundly aware of the unreality, the evanescence of the world, a fleeting image in the moving water.

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I've always been suspicious of collective truths.

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A nose that can see is worth two that sniff.

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People always try to find base motives behind every good action.

We are afraid of pure goodness and of pure evil.

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Nothing makes me more pessimistic than the obligation not to be pessimistic.

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There is nothing truer than myth: history, in its attempt to realize myth, distorts it, stops halfway; when history claims to have succeeded, this is nothing but humbug and mystification. Everything we dream is realizable. Reality does not have to be: it is simply what it is.

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All the plays that have ever been written, from ancient Greece to the present day, have never really been anything but thrillers... Drama's always been realistic and there's always been a detective about... Every play's an investigation brought to a successful conclusion.

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It's when I am fully conscious that I ask questions.

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A civil servant doesn't make jokes.

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Banality is a symptom of non-communication. Men hide behind their clich?s.

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I am told, in a dream you can only get the answer to all your questions through a dream. So in my dream, I fall asleep, and I dream, in my dream, that I'm having that absolute, revealing dream.

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It's only when I say that everything is incomprehensible that I come as close as possible to understanding the only thing it is given to us to understand.

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Oh righteous doom, that they who make Pleasure their only end, Ordering the whole life for its sake, Miss that whereto they tend. While they who bid stern duty lead, Content to follow, they, Of duty only taking heed, Find pleasure by the way.

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The human comedy does not attract me enough.

I am not entirely of this world. I am from elsewhere, and it is worth finding this elsewhere beyond the walls...but where is it?

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I've always been suspicious of collective truths.

I think an idea is true when it hasn't been put into words and that the moment it's put into words it becomes exaggerated. Because the moment it's put into words there's an abuse, an excess in the expression of the idea that makes it false.

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I believe that in the history of art and of thought there has always been at every living moment of culture a will to renewal. This is not the prerogative of the last decade only. All history is nothing but a succession of crises -- of rupture, repudiation and resistance. When there is no crisis, there is stagnation, petrifaction and death. All thought, all art is aggressive.

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We are all looking for something of extraordinary importance whose nature we have forgotten; I am writing the memoirs of a man who has lost his memory.

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Mediocrity is more dangerous in a critic than in a writer.

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The Arts are man's most useless ... and essential ... activity.

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Since the death instinct exists in the heart of everything that lives, since we suffer from trying to repress it, since everything that lives longs for rest, let us unfasten the ties that bind us to life, let us cultivate our death wish, let us develop it, water it like a plant, let it grow unhindered. Suffering and fear are born from the repression of the death wish.

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Childhood is the world of miracle or of magic: it is as if creation rose luminously out of the night, all new and fresh and astonishing. Childhood is over the moment things are no longer astonishing. When the world gives you a feeling of "déjà vu," when you are used to existence, you become an adult.

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We haven't the time to take out time.

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We are made to be immortal, and yet we die. It's horrible, it can't be taken seriously

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It's not a certain society that seems ridiculous to me, it's mankind.

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