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Letter "J" » Jean Genet Quotes
«I'm homosexual... How and why are idle questions. It's a little like wanting to know why my eyes are green.»
«Violence is a calm that disturbs you.»
«The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man... not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology.»
«When the judge calls the criminal's name out he stands up, and they are immediately linked by a strange biology that makes them both opposite and complementary. The one cannot exist without the other. Which is the sun and which is the shadow? It's well known some criminals have been great men.»
«A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness.»
«I recognize in thieves, traitors and murderers, in the ruthless and the cunning, a deep beauty-a sunken beauty.»
«Would Hamlet have felt the delicious fascination of suicide if he hadn't had an audience, and lines to speak?»
«I give the name violence to a boldness lying idle and enamored of danger.»
«Repudiating the virtues of your world, criminals hopelessly agree to organize a forbidden universe. They agree to live in it. The air there is nauseating: they can breathe it.»
Author: Jean Genet
«Excluded by my birth and tastes from the social order, I was not aware of its diversity. Nothing in the world was irrelevant: the stars on a general's sleeve, the stock-market quotations, the olive harvest, the style of the judiciary, the wheat exchange, flower-beds. Nothing. This order, fearful and feared, whose details were all inter-related, had a meaning: my exile.»
Author: Jean Genet
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