A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window.

— Gilles Deleuze

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A creator is someone who creates their own impossibilities, and thereby creates possibilities.


The fundamental problem of political philosophy is still precisely the one that Spinoza saw so clearly (and that Wilhelm Reich rediscovered): Why do men fight for their servitude as stubbornly as though it were their salvation?


Art is not communicative, art is not reflexive.

Art, science, philosophy are neither contemplative, neither reflexive, nor communicative. They are creative, that's all.


Underneath all reason lies delirium and drift.


It's not easy to see things from the middle, rather than looking down on them from above or up at them from below, or from left to right or right to left: try it, you'll see that everything changes.


Write, form a rhizome, increase your territory by deterritorialization, extend the line of flight to the point where it becomes an abstract machine covering the entire plane of consistency.


Why do men fight for their servitude as stubbornly as though it were their salvation?


One of the principal motifs of Nietzsche's work is that Kant had not carried out a true critique because he was not able to pose the problem of critique in terms of values.


Philosophy, art, and science are not the mental objects of an objectified brain but the three aspects under which the brain becomes subject.


What do you know about me, given that I believe in secrecy? .

.. If I stick where I am, if I don't travel around, like anyone else I make my inner journeys that I can only measure by my emotions, and express very obliquely and circuitously in what I write. ... Arguments from one's own privileged experience are bad and reactionary arguments.


The self is only a threshold, a door, a becoming between two multiplicities


It is not the slumber of reason that engenders monsters, but vigilant and insomniac rationality


About Gilles Deleuze

Quotes 69 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

You never walk alone. Even the devil is the lord of flies.


A leftist government doesn't exist because being on the left has nothing to do with governments.


The conditions of a true critique and a true creation are the same: the destruction of an image of thought which presupposes itself and the genesis of the act of thinking in thought itself. Something in the world forces us to think. This something is an object not of recognition but of a fundamental encounter


It is always from the depths of its impotence that each power center draws its power, hence their extreme maliciousness, and vanity


Psychoanalysis was from the start, still is, and perhaps always will be a well-constituted church and a form of treatment based on a set of beliefs that only the very faithful could adhere to, i.e., those who believe in a security that amounts to being lost in the herd and defined in terms of common and external goals


The plane of consistency is the abolition of all metaphor; all that consists is Real.


To affirm is not to bear, carry, or harness oneself to that which exists, but on the contrary to unburden, unharness, and set free that which lives.


Either it is the fold of the infinite, or the constant folds [replis] of finitude which curve the outside and constitute the inside.


The instinct of revenge is the force which constitutes the essence of what we call psychology, history, metaphysics and morality. The spirit of revenge is the genealogical element of our thought, the transcendental principle of our way of thinking.


According to Beckett's or Kafka's law, there is immobility beyond movement: beyond standing up, there is sitting down, and beyond sitting down, lying down, beyond which one finally dissipates.


Psychoanalysts are bent on producing man abstractly, that is to say ideologically, for culture. It is Oedipus who produces man in this fashion and who gives a structure to the false movement of infinite progression and regression


As for being responsible or irresponsible, we don't recognize those notions, they're for policemen and courtroom psychiatrists.


Evaluations, in essence, are... ways of being, modes of existence of those who judge and evaluate.


The percept is the landscape before man, in the absence of man.


Can you harness the power of drugs without them taking over, without turning into a dazed zombie?


The morality of customs,the spirit of the laws, produces the man emancipated from the law.


The aim of critique is not the ends of man or of reason but in the end the Overman, the overcome, overtaken man. The point of critique is not justification but a different way of feeling: another sensibility


Only thought is capable of inventing the fiction of a State that is universal by right, of elevation the State to the level of de jure universality


Far from being a psychological trait, the spirit of revenge is the principle on which our whole psychology depends.


The shadow escapes from the body like an animal we had been sheltering.


My eye, my brain, are images, parts of my body.

How could my brain contain images since it is one image among others?


belief is necessarily something false that diverts and suffocates effective production


Photography, if there is photography, is already snapped, already shot, in the very interior of things and for all points of space.


Things never pass where you think, nor along the paths you think


When Nietzsche praises egoism it is always in an aggressive or polemical way, against the virtues, against the virtue of disinterestedness (Z III "Of the three evil things"). But in fact egoism is a bad interpretation of the will, just as atomism is a bad interpretation of force. In order for there to be egoism it is necessary for there to be an ego.


Images exist; things themselves are images... Images constantly act on and react to one another, produce and consume. There is no difference between images, things and movement.


Bring something incomprehensible into the world!


External images act on me, transmit movement to me, and I return movement: how could images be in my consciousness since I am myself image, that is, movement?


Forming grammatically correct sentences is for the normal individual the prerequisite for any submission to social laws. No one is supposed to be ignorant of grammaticality; those who are belong in special institutions. The unity of language is fundamentally political.


Something in the world forces us to think.

This something is an object not of recognition but of a fundamental encounter.


The philosopher creates, he doesn't reflect.


In truth, Freud sees nothing and understands nothing.


To become imperceptible oneself, to have dismantled love in order to become capable of loving. To have dismantled one's self in order finally to be alone and meet the true double at the other end of the line. A clandestine passenger on a motionless voyage. To become like everybody else; but this, precisely, is a becoming only for one who knows how to be nobody, to no longer be anybody. To paint oneself gray on gray.


What is important is no longer either a signature or a number, but a code: the code is a password.


What interests us in operations of striation and smoothing are precisely the passages or combinations: how the forces at work within space continually striate it, and how in the course of its striation it develops other forces and emits new smooth spaces.


I have no admiration for culture. I have no reserve knowledge, no provisional knowledge. And everything that I learn, I learn for a particular task, and once it's done, I immediately forget it, so that if ten years later, I have to get involved with something close to or directly within the same subject, I would have to start again from zero, with some few exceptions.


An image of thought called philosophy has been formed historically and it effectively stops people from thinking.