The same people who are murdered slowly in the mechanized slaughterhouses of work are also arguing, singing, drinking, dancing, making love, holding the streets, picking up weapons and inventing a new poetry.— Raoul Vaneigem
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Who wants a world in which the guarantee that we shall not die of starvation entails the risk of dying of boredom?
The eruption of lived pleasure is such that in losing myself I find myself;
forgetting that I exist, I realize myself.
Production and consumption are the nipples of modern society.
Thus suckled, humanity grows in strength and beauty; rising standard of living, all modern conveniences, distractions of all kinds, culture for all, the comfort of your dreams.
People who talk about revolution and class struggle without referring explicitly to everyday life, without understanding what is subversive about love and what is positive in the refusal of constraints, such people have a corpse in their mouth.
Purchasing power is a license to purchase power.
To be rich nowadays merely means to possess a large number of poor objects.
The work of art of the future will be the construction of a passionate life.
The world of the commodity is a world upside-down, which bases itself not upon life but upon the transformation of life into work.
Everything has been said yet few have taken advantage of it.
Since all our knowledge is essentially banal, it can only be of value to minds that are not.
I do not dream of a gentle revolution.
My passion runs to the violence of supersession, the ferocity of a life that renounces nothing.
The history of our times calls to mind those Walt Disney characters who rush madly over the edge of a cliff without seeing it, so that the power of their imagination keeps them suspended in mid-air; but as soon as they look down and see where they are, they fall.
Never before has a civilization reached such a degree of a contempt for life;
never before has a generation, drowned in mortification, felt such a rage to live.
We can escape the commonplace only by manipulating it, controlling it, thrusting it into our dreams or surrendering it to the free play of our subjectivity.
In the twentieth century, death terrifies men less than the absence of real life. All these dead, mechanized, specialized actions, stealing a little bit of life a thousand times a day until the mind and body are exhausted, until that death which is not the
As poverty has been reduced in terms of mere survival, it has become more profound in terms of our way of life.
In the kingdom of consumption the citizen is king.
A democratic monarchy: equality before consumption, fraternity in consumption, and freedom through consumption.
In the twentieth century, death terrifies men less than the absence of real life.
Our task is not to rediscover nature but to remake it.
Where constraint breaks people, and mediation makes fools of them, the seduction of power is what makes them love their oppression. Because of it, people give up their real riches for a cause that mutilates them; for an appearance that reifies them; for roles that wrest them from authentic life; for a time whose passage defines and confines them.
In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.
Daily life is governed by an economic system in which the production and consumption of insults tends to balance out.
We have a world of pleasure to win, and nothing to lose but boredom.
Work to survive, survive by consuming, survive to consume: the hellish cycle is complete.
What could I wish for the present but to take the greatest pleasure in being what I am?
People are bewitched into believing that time slips away, and this belief is the basis of time actually slipping away.
It is entirely up to us to invent our own lives.
Suffering is the pain of constraints.
An atom of pure delight, no matter how small, can hold it at bay.
There are more truths in twenty-four hours of a man's life than in all the philosophies.
The organization controlling the material equipment of our everyday life is such that what in itself would enable us to construct it richly plunges us instead into a poverty of abundance, making alienation all the more intolerable as each convenience promises liberation and turns out to be only one more burden. We are condemned to slavery to the means of liberation.
People without imagination are beginning to tire of the importance attached to comfort, to culture, to leisure, to all that destroys imagination. This means that people are not really tired of comfort, culture and leisure, but of the use to which they are
Ideally a book would have no order in it, and the reader would have to discover his own.
Work is the opposite of creativity.
Each component of the organism, like the individual in the social body, possesses the capacity for enjoyment of the self through sharing with others.
Hope is the leash of submission.
To work for delight and authentic festivity is barely distinguishable from preparing for a general insurrection
Daydreaming subverts the world.
Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.