59+ Michel Houellebecq Quotes (Provocative, Absurdist And Cynical)

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  1. The great advantage of a novel is you can put in whatever comes into your head - it has the same shape as the human brain.
  2. Anything can happen in life, especially nothing.
  3. The Americans are completely stupid. The intellectual level in any single European country is higher than in America.
  4. The absence of the will to live is, alas, not sufficient to make one want to die.
  5. The dream of all men is to meet little sluts who are innocent but ready for all forms of depravity—which is what, more or less, all teenage girls are.
  6. Tenderness is a deeper instinct than seduction, which is why it is so hard to give up hope.
  7. The most stupid religion is Islam.
  8. People are suspicious of single men on vacation, after they get to a certain age: they assume that they're selfish, and probably a bit pervy. I can't say they're wrong.
  9. In my own writing, I think of myself as a realist who exaggerates a little.
  10. To increase desires to an unbearable level whilst making the fulfillment of them more and more inaccessible: this was the single principle upon which Western society was based.

Michel Houellebecq Short Quotes

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  • There is no point in asking me general questions because I am always changing my mind.
  • Those who think they know me are simply lacking in information.
  • The triumph of vegetation is total.
  • In reality, the monotheist texts preach neither peace, love nor tolerance. They are texts of hate.
  • Why am I popular? I don't know. Is it a mistake? I should think it's a mistake somewhere.
  • When a country is strong... it accepts any dose of pessimism from its writers.
  • The press may hate me, and I know my battles with them are not over, but that doesn't matter.
  • Polemical debates happen all the time in France.
  • I think that if writers don't speak about real life, it's because they don't know it.
  • Now abideth beauty, truth, and intensity; but the greatest of these is intensity.

Michel Houellebecq Famous Quotes And Sayings

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The terrible predicament of a beautiful girl is that only an experienced womanizer, someone cynical and without scruple, feels up to the challenge. More often than not, she will lose her virginity to some filthy lowlife in what proves to be the first step in an irrevocable decline. — Michel Houellebecq

Depressive lucidity, usually described as a radical withdrawal from ordinary human concerns, generally manifests itself by a profound indifference to things which are genuinely of minor interest. Thus it is possible to imagine a depressed lover, while the idea of a depressed patriot seems frankly inconceivable. — Michel Houellebecq

Adolescence is not only an important period in life, but that it is the only period where one may speak of life in the full sense of the word. — Michel Houellebecq

Active people don't change the world profoundly; ideas do. Napoleon is less important in world history than Jean-Jacques Rousseau. — Michel Houellebecq

When you read the Koran, you give up. At least the Bible is very beautiful because Jews have an extraordinary literary talent. — Michel Houellebecq

Using a big word like 'plagiarism'... always causes some damage. It will always do lasting damage, like accusations of racism. — Michel Houellebecq

I don't like this world. I definitely do not like it. The society in which I live disgusts me; advertising sickens me; computers make me puke. — Michel Houellebecq

A reactionary is someone who wants to return to a previous state - that's never a possibility in my books. For me, everything's irreversible in the life of a society, as well as an individual's. — Michel Houellebecq

I feel as if things are falling apart within me, like so many glass partitions shattering. I walk from place to place in the grip of a fury, needing to act, yet can do nothing about it because any attempt seems doomed in advance. Failure, everywhere failure. Only suicide hovers above me, gleaming and inaccessible. — Michel Houellebecq

When we think about the present, we veer wildly between the belief in chance and the evidence in favour of determinism. When we think about the past, however, it seems obvious that everything happened in the way that it was intended. — Michel Houellebecq

I think she is going to find you too old... Yes that was it, the moment she said it I knew it was true, and the revelation caused me no surprise, it was like the echo of a dull, not unexpected shock. The age difference was the last taboo, the final limit, all the stronger for the fact that it remained the last and had replaced all the others. In the modern world you could be a swinger, bi, trans, zoo into S&M, but it was forbidden to be old. — Michel Houellebecq

I am for the muscles. I would like to have a lot of muscles, because women like it. I'm for bodybuilding, but it's very exhausting. — Michel Houellebecq

I tend to think that good and evil exist and that the quantity in each of us is unchangeable. The moral character of people is set, fixed until death. — Michel Houellebecq

If life is an illusion it's a pretty painful one. — Michel Houellebecq

Father died last year. I don't subscribe to the theory by which we only become truly adult when our parents die; we never become truly adult. — Michel Houellebecq

Life is painful and disappointing. It is useless, therefore, to write new realistic novels. We generally know where we stand in relation to reality and don’t care to know any more. — Michel Houellebecq

Islam is a dangerous religion. — Michel Houellebecq

My novels are all ideas. — Michel Houellebecq

I want to be loved despite my faults. It isn't exactly true that I'm a provocateur. A real provocateur is someone who says things he doesn't think, just to shock. I try to say what I think. — Michel Houellebecq

I've lived so little that I tend to imagine I'm not going to die; it seems improbable that human existence can be reduced to so little; one imagines, in spite of oneself, that sooner or later something is bound to happen. A big mistake. A life can just as well be both empty and short. The days slip by indifferently, leaving neither trace nor memory; and then all of a sudden they stop. — Michel Houellebecq

Rumor had it that he was homosexual; in reality, in recent years, he was simply a garden-variety alcoholic. — Michel Houellebecq

I'd say that the question whether love still exists plays the same role in my novels as the question of God's existence in Dostoevsky. — Michel Houellebecq

In order to pass the time I told him the story of the German who ate the other German whom he’d met on the internet. — Michel Houellebecq

Not having anything around to read is dangerous: you have to content yourself with life itself, and that can lead you to take risks. — Michel Houellebecq

The world outside had its own rules, and those rules were not human. — Michel Houellebecq

Those who love life do not read. Nor do they go to the movies, actually. No matter what might be said, access to the artistic universe is more or less entirely the preserve of those who are a little fed up with the world. — Michel Houellebecq

It's a curious idea to reproduce when you don't even like life. — Michel Houellebecq

Beds last on an average much longer than marriages. — Michel Houellebecq

An entire life spent reading would have fulfilled my every desire; I already knew that at the age of seven. The texture of the world is painful, inadequate; unalterable, or so it seems to me. Really, I believe that an entire life spent reading would have suited me best. Such a life has not been granted me. — Michel Houellebecq

The love of a dog is a pure thing. He gives you a trust which is total. You must not betray it. — Michel Houellebecq

On Sunday morning I went out for a while in the neighbourhood; I bought some raisin bread. The day was warm but a little sad, as Sundays often are in Paris, especially when one doesn't believe in God. — Michel Houellebecq

I think that if I am notorious, it is because other people have decided that this is how I should be. — Michel Houellebecq

I think it's more difficult to live without a religion, definitely. — Michel Houellebecq

I admit that invective is one of my pleasures. This only brings me problems in life, but that's it. I attack, I insult. I have a gift for that, for insults, for provocation. So I am tempted to use it. — Michel Houellebecq

Irony won't save you from anything; humour doesn't do anything at all. You can look at life ironically for years, maybe decades; there are people who seem to go through most of their lives seeing the funny side, but in the end, life always breaks your heart. Doesn't matter how brave you are, or how reserved, or how much you've developed a sense of humour, you still end up with your heart broken. That's when you stop laughing. — Michel Houellebecq

As a teenager, Michel believed that suffering conferred dignity on a person. Now he had to admit that he had been wrong. What conferred dignity on people was television. — Michel Houellebecq

To the end, I will remain a child of Europe, of worry and of shame. I have no message of hope to deliver. For the West, I do not feel hatred. At most I feel a great contempt. I know only that every single one of us reeks of selfishness, masochism and death. We have created a system in which it has simply become impossible to live, and what's more, we continue to export it. — Michel Houellebecq

Last election shows that there's a big discrepancy between two parts of the country. That discrepancy also exists in France, but we've had the National Front for forty years, and it only took Trump one year to get elected. Very fast. That's the surprising thing. In France we thought everybody liked Obama, but maybe the media were lying. Maybe they didn't. — Michel Houellebecq

Love binds, and it binds forever. Good binds while evil unravels. Separation is another word for evil; it is also another word for deceit. — Michel Houellebecq

Life Lessons by Michel Houellebecq

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  1. Michel Houellebecq's works demonstrate the importance of examining the human condition in order to better understand the complexities of life.
  2. His work also highlights the need to challenge societal norms and conventions in order to foster personal growth and development.
  3. Lastly, his works emphasize the importance of self-reflection and introspection as a means of understanding one's own identity and purpose.

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