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.— Michel Houellebecq
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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.
Anything can happen in life, especially nothing.
The Americans are completely stupid. The intellectual level in any single European country is higher than in America.
The absence of the will to live is, alas, not sufficient to make one want to die.
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.
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.
Tenderness is a deeper instinct than seduction, which is why it is so hard to give up hope.
The most stupid religion is Islam.
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.
In my own writing, I think of myself as a realist who exaggerates a little.
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.
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.
When you read the Koran, you give up.
At least the Bible is very beautiful because Jews have an extraordinary literary talent.
Active people don't change the world profoundly;
ideas do. Napoleon is less important in world history than Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
There is no point in asking me general questions because I am always changing my mind.
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.
Using a big word like 'plagiarism'... always causes some damage. It will always do lasting damage, like accusations of racism.
The triumph of vegetation is total.
Those who think they know me are simply lacking in information.
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.
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.
In reality, the monotheist texts preach neither peace, love nor tolerance. They are texts of hate.
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.
Love binds, and it binds forever. Good binds while evil unravels. Separation is another word for evil; it is also another word for deceit.
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.
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.
If life is an illusion it's a pretty painful one.
I think that if writers don't speak about real life, it's because they don't know it.
Polemical debates happen all the time in France.
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.
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.
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.
When a country is strong... it accepts any dose of pessimism from its writers.
Islam is a dangerous religion.
My novels are all ideas.
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.
Now abideth beauty, truth, and intensity; but the greatest of these is intensity.
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.
Rumor had it that he was homosexual; in reality, in recent years, he was simply a garden-variety alcoholic.
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.
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.
Not having anything around to read is dangerous: you have to content yourself with life itself, and that can lead you to take risks.
The world outside had its own rules, and those rules were not human.
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.
The press may hate me, and I know my battles with them are not over, but that doesn't matter.
It's a curious idea to reproduce when you don't even like life.
Beds last on an average much longer than marriages.
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.
The love of a dog is a pure thing. He gives you a trust which is total. You must not betray it.