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Antonin Artaud
(1896-1948) born on
Sep 04
French dramatist, poet, actor. He was theoretician of the Surrealist movement; tried to replace "bourgeois" classical theatre with his primitive ceremonies of "theatre of cruelty."
         
   
F
All true language is incomprehensible,
Like the chatter of a beggar's teeth.

R
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.
A
There are souls that are incurable and lost to the rest of society. Deprive them of one means of folly, they will invent ten thousand others. They will create subtler, wilder methods, methods that are absolutely desperate.
N
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.
K
Tragedy on the stage is no longer enough for me, I shall bring it into my own life.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Ci-Gît (1947; repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 36, Indian Culture and Here Lies, ed. by Susan Sontag, 1976).
R: General Security: The Liquidation of Opium (1925; repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 10, ed. by Susan Sontag, 1976), arguing for the free use of opium.
A: General Security: The Liquidation of Opium (1925; repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 10, ed. by Susan Sontag, 1976), arguing for the free use of opium.
N: Appeal to Youth: Intoxication-Disintoxication (1934; repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 24, ed. by Susan Sontag, 1976).
K: Quoted in: the memoirs of Jean-Louis Barrault, Memories for Tomorrow, pt. 2, "The Grenier des Grands-Augustins" (1972; tr. 1974).
   


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