The dead governs the living.
The world is not dialectical - it is sworn to extremes, not to equilibrium, sworn to radical antagonism, not to reconciliation or synthesis. This is also the principle of evil.
At the heart of pornography is sexuality haunted by its own disappearance.
Seduction is always more singular and sublime than sex and it commands the higher price.
The order of the world is always right - such is the judgment of God. For God has departed, but he has left his judgment behind, the way the Cheshire Cat left his grin.
Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment.
In the same way that we need statesmen to spare us the abjection of exercising power, we need scholars to spare us the abjection of learning.
Information can tell us everything. It has all the answers. But they are answers to questions we have not asked, and which doubtless don't even arise.
What is a society without a heroic dimension
We shall never resolve the enigma of the relation between the negative foundations of greatness and that greatness itself.
What you have to do is enter the fiction of America, enter America as fiction. It is, indeed, on this fictive basis that it dominates the world.
Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things.
Driving is a spectacular form of amnesia. Everything is to be discovered, everything to be obliterated.
There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.
The very definition of the real becomes that of which it is possible to give an equivalent reproduction. The real is not only what can be reproduced, but that which is always already reproduced. The hyper real.
It only takes a politician believing in what he says for the others to stop believing him.
Families are nothing other than the idolatry of duty.
Thus, in general, in the first instance, the direction of interest in empirical fact will be canalised by the logical structure of the theoretical system.
The system becomes logically closed when each of the logical implications which can be derived from any one proposition within the system finds its statement in another proposition in the same system.
The part an actor played on stage was once written on a separate roll of paper.
The importance of certain problems concerning the facts will be inherent in the structure of the system.
The hypothesis may be put forward, to be tested by the s subsequent investigation, that this development has been in large part a matter of the reciprocal interaction of new factual insights and knowledge on the one hand with changes in the theoretical system on the other.
The conception that, instead of this, contemporary society is at or near a turning point is very prominent in the views of a school of social scientists who, though they are still comparatively few, are getting more and more of a hearing.
That is, a system starts with a group of interrelated propositions which involve reference to empirical observations within the logical framework of the propositions in question.
Spencer's god was Evolution, sometimes also called Progress.