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Antonin Artaud Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Antonin Artaud.

We must wash literature off ourselves.
We want to be men above all, to be human.
- Antonin Artaud

Those who live, live off the dead.
- Antonin Artaud

All true language is incomprehensible,
like the chatter of a beggar's teeth.
- Antonin Artaud

I myself spent nine years in an insane asylum and I
never had the obsession of suicide,
but I know that each conversation with a psychiatrist,
every morning at the time of his visit,
made me want to hang myself, realizing that I would
not be able to cut his throat.
- Antonin Artaud

 

So long as we have failed to eliminate any of the causes of human despair,
we do not have the right to try to eliminate those
means by which man tries to cleanse himself of despair.
- Antonin Artaud

No one has ever written, painted, sculpted,
modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.
- Antonin Artaud

There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea,
shining in his head, frightened people,
and for whom delirium was the only solution to the
strangulation that life had prepared for him.
- Antonin Artaud

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Never tire yourself more than necessary,
even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones.
- Antonin Artaud

Don't tire yourself more than need be,
even at the price of founding a culture on the fatigue of your bones.
- Antonin Artaud

Hell is of this world and there are men who are unhappy escapees from hell,
escapees destined ETERNALLY to reenact their escape.
- Antonin Artaud

Written poetry is worth reading once,
and then should be destroyed.
Let the dead poets make way for others.
- Antonin Artaud

When we speak the word "life," it must be understood
we are not referring to life as we know it from its surface of fact,
but to that fragile, fluctuating center which forms never reach.
- Antonin Artaud

It is not opium which makes me work but its absence,
and in order for me to feel its absence it must from time to time be present.
- Antonin Artaud

I allow life to wash over me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Keep close to Nature's heart...
and break clear away, once in awhile,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.
Wash your spirit clean.
- John Muir

First, wash all car. Then wax. Wax on...
Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off.
Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off.
Don't forget to breathe, very important.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

I am but a grain of sand on the beach of life.
My footprints in the sands of time soon wash away.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

She has a wash and wear bridal gown.
- Henny Youngman

You have two choices when someone changes your work.
You can either wash your hands of it or embrace it.
- Andrew Niccol

Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt.
- Saint Aurelius Augustine

After coming into contact with a religious man I always
feel I must wash my hands.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

I can't wait to get home and wash all those socks.
- Julianne Moore

The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence,
to be always calm to let each wave of life wash us
a little farther up the shore.
- Cyril Connolly

My brother was a lifeguard in a car wash.
- Henny Youngman

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it
back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.
- Edward Fitzgerald

If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag;
wash it.
- Norman Thomas

One or two of the trips were a bit scary.
Soldiers had me at gun point on one trip,
locked me in my van all night and escorted me in and
out of buildings when I wanted to wash.
- Joey Dunlop

Eddie Fisher married to Elizabeth Taylor is like me
trying to wash the Empire State Building with a bar of soap.
- Don Rickles

Really, I don't know what I'd do with myself if I retire.
Wash dishes?
- Loretta Lynn

With two small children, I haven't had a wash since
2001 so the chance to go shopping is way down the list.
It is something I do intend to get.
- Jo Brand

The Emmy will have no effect on me, from the standpoint
that you've still got to wash your bowl after breakfast.
- Charles Keating

Never give up; for even rivers someday wash dams away.
- Arthur Golden

Human beings are human beings.
They say what they want, don't they? They used to say
it across the fence while they were hanging wash.
Now they just say it on the Internet.
- Dennis Miller

I do wash my hands in innocency, before God and the face of you,
good Christian people this day.
- Jane Grey

We used to wash our hair in buckets and survive on toasted sandwiches,
chocolates and soup.
- Joan Greenwood

When I go to a film, you're taking it easy and you
let things wash over you.
That's what cinema's all about.
You get involved in a world that's being created in front of you.
- Mary Hansen

When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray,
what charm can soothe her melancholy,
what art can wash her guilt away?
- Oliver Goldsmith

Ya know what I do almost every day? I wash.
Personal hygiene is part of the package with me.
- Jim Carrey

I started to work with cotton fabrics.
I used cotton because it's easy to work with,
to wash, to take care of, to wear if it's warm or cold.
It's great.
That was the start.
- Issey Miyake

He has to do the heavy lifting and the windows and the wash,
and also protect the president.
- Alan K. Simpson

There are moments to indulge and enjoy,
but I always know when it's time to go home and wash my knickers.
- Kate Winslet

I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge,
silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.
- Khalil Gibran

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of,
but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Wash four distinct and separate times,
using lots of lather each time from individual bars of soap.
- Howard Hughes

Man, if I made one million dollars I would come in at six in the morning,
sweep the stands, wash the uniforms,
clean out the office,
manage the team and play the games.
- Duke Snider

And I ask why am I black, they say I was born in sin,
and shamed inequity.
One of the main songs we used to sing in church makes me sick,
'love wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
- Peter Tosh

I had my share of critics, and I wash my hands of the whole lot.
- Frank Richard Stockton

They tend to come out a colour called 'Pants left in wash'
- Eddie Izzard

Music is supposed to wash away the dust of everyday life.
- Art Blakey

I think winter wear is communal.
You get some gloves and a scarf from a lost-and-found box,
wash them, wear them for a while until you lose them.
Then somebody else does the same thing.
- Adrian Grenier

I was born and raised in the high desert of Nevada
in a tiny town called Searchlight.
My dad was a hard rock miner.
My mom took in wash.
I grew up around people of strong values -
even if they rarely talked about them.
- Harry Reid

Now they show you how detergents take out bloodstains,
a pretty violent image there.
I think if you've got a T-shirt with a bloodstain all over it,
maybe laundry isn't your biggest problem.Maybe you
should get rid of the body before you do the wash.
- Jerry Seinfeld

I've got the best of all worlds.
It's every actor's dream to wake up in New York City
and go to an acting job rather than to a restaurant to wash dirty dishes.
And I live so close to the studios that I ride my bike to work.
- Christopher Meloni

Do you know what you call those who use towels and never wash them,
eat meals and never do the dishes, sit in rooms they never clean,
and are entertained till they drop? If you have just answered,
"A house guest," you're wrong because I have just described my kids.
- Erma Bombeck

I believe that if you don't want to do anything,
then sit there and don't do it, but don't expect people
to hand you a corn beef sandwich and wash your socks
for you and unzip your fly for you.
- Shel Silverstein

Maggie went out of doors to wash the windows and father
came out into the kitchen and said he did not know
whether he would go down to the post office or not.
And then I sprinkled some handkerchiefs to iron.
- Lizzie Andrew Borden

There are apothecaries' shops, where prepared medicines,
liquids, ointments, and plasters are sold;
barbers' shops,
where they wash and shave the head; and restaurateurs,
that furnish food and drink at a certain price.
- Hernando Cortes

The Viennese wash everything.
Where else in the world does the government hire public
servants to wash public telephone booths and the glass
over traffic lights? Every time I see someone doing these things,
I smile like a child.
- Jonathan Carroll

Driving a motorcycle is like flying.
All your senses are alive.
When I ride through Beverly Hills in the early morning,
and all the sprinklers have turned off,
the scents that wash over me are just heavenly.
Being House is like flying, too.
You're free of the gravity of what people think.
- Hugh Laurie

I listen like mad to any conversation taking place
next to me just trying to hear why this is funny.
Women's restrooms are especially great.
I wash my hands twice waiting for people to come in and start talking.
- Lynda Barry

I always value my large kitchen because it was better to do everything there,
you wash up, you do everything, rather than messing
up another room and I pop my typewriter just next to it.
So I still write now but I was doing more writing when
the children were younger.
- Buchi Emecheta

Early on in my career, I'd go into the makeup trailer,
and they'd spend an hour doing my makeup,
and I would hate it.
I'd go into the bathroom, wash it off and start over again,
which took an enormous amount of time.
So I just started doing it myself.
- Donna Mills

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Well-being is making its way to you at all times.
If you will relax and find a way to allow it,
it will be your experience.
- Abraham (Esther Hicks)

Today, I Allow Spirit To Carry All My Burdens.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Many people allow their need
for other people's approval to control their lives.
They spend their lives worrying about what others think of them.
- Rick Warren

Whether we allow external events to
shape our lives at a core level
is very much within our own control.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In all my ways of seeing - may I use new glasses,
a telescope and a microscope.
And may I always allow myself to see a circumstance
through the tender hearts of my friends.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.
- Terry Goodkind

You must not under any pretense allow
your mind to dwell on any thought
that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind.
- Emmet Fox


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