"January 29, 1947 ― Again I slept late. But there’s something in the New York air that makes sleep useless; perhaps it’s because your heart beats more quickly here than elsewhere―people with heart conditions sleep less, and many New Yorkers die of heart problems. In any case, I’m enjoying this windfall: the days seem too short.
Breakfast in the corner drugstore is a celebration. Orange juice, toast, café au lait―an unadulterated pleasure. Sitting on my revolving stool, I participate in a moment of American life. My solitude does not separate me from my neighbors, who are also eating alone. Rather, it’s the pleasure I feel that isolates me from them. They are simply eating; they’re not on vacation."
"We’re not saying that ideology is smoke and mirrors (or any other con- cept that serves to designate an illusion). We’re saying: there is no ideology, the concept itself is an illusion… . there are only organizations of power, once you accept that the organization of power is the unity of desire and the economic infrastructure. Let’s take two examples. Education: the Leftists of May ‘68 wasted a lot of time insisting that professors publicly criticize themselves as agents of bourgeois ideology. It’s stupid, and it fuels the masochistic impulses of academics. They abandoned the struggle against the competitive examination and opted instead for polemic, or the great public anti-ideological confession. During which time, the most hard-line profs were able to reorganize their power without too much difficulty. The problem of education is not ideological in nature, it’s a problem of the organization of power: the specificity of educational power makes it appear ideological, but that’s a red-herring. Power in grammar school, now that means something, every child is subjected to it. The second example: Christianity. The Church is all too happy to be treated as an ideology. They want to discuss it—it encourages ecumenism. But Christianity has never been an ideology. It is a very original, specific organization of power which has taken diverse forms from the Roman Empire through the Middle Ages, and which was able to invent the idea of an international power. It’s far more important than ideology"
"I was on the barricades. When I was there I never talked of reformism. I looked for only one thing: how to drown de Gaulle and the entire fucking bourgeoisie. The MPs have discussed for ten years, and in ten years they got nothing. We, on the barricades, put the state on its knees."
"La inteligencia me persigue, pero yo soy más rápido"
"Y sin embargo todo el mundo quiere respirar y nadie puede respirar; y muchos dicen ‘respiraremos más tarde’. Y la mayor parte no mueren porque ya están muertos.
Pintada en Nanterre, París (Mayo del 68)."