Jacques Derrida Quotes

29 Jacques Derrida quotes:

"Each time this identity announces itself, someone or something cries: Look out for the trap, you're caught. Take off, get free, disengage yourself."
"Every discourse, even a poetic or oracular sentence, carries with it a system of rules for producing analogous things and thus an outline of methodology."
"In certain situations, there is a classical function and responsibility there that must not be avoided, even if it is just to appeal to good sense."
"In philosophy, you have to reckon with the implicit level of an accumulated reserve, and thus with a very great number of relays, with the shared responsibility of these relays."
"Still today, I cannot cross the threshold of a teaching institution without physical symptoms, in my chest and my stomach, of discomfort or anxiety. And yet I have never left school."
"Whatever precautions you take so the photograph will look like this or that, there comes a moment when the photograph surprises you. It is the other's gaze that wins out and decides."
"Everything is arranged so that it be this way, this is what is called culture."
"Within the university... you can study without waiting for any efficient or immediate result. You may search, just for the sake of searching, and try for the sake of trying. So there is a possibility of what I would call playing. It's perhaps the only place within society where play is possible to such an extent."
Author: Derrida Quotes Category: College Quotes
"As soon as there is language, generality has entered the scen."
"My most resolute opponents believe that I am too visible, that I am a little too alive, that my name echoes too much in the texts which they nevertheless claim to be inaccessible."
"The circle of the return to birth can only remain open, but this is a chance, a sign of life, and a wound."
"These critics organize and practice in my case a sort of obsessive personality cult which philosophers should know how to question and above all, to moderate."
"These years of the Ecole Normale were an ordeal. Nothing was handed to me on the first try."
"Who ever said that one was born just once?"
"To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend."
"I have always had school sickness, as others have seasickness. I cried when it was time to go back to school long after I was old enough to be ashamed of such behavior."
"If this work seems so threatening, this is because it isn't simply eccentric or strange, but competent, rigorously argued, and carrying conviction."
"In Algeria, I had begun to get into literature and philosophy. I dreamed of writing-and already models were instructing the dream, a certain language governed it."
"No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist whom he or she doesn't understand, or at someone who speaks a foreign language, but rather at someone who tampers with your own language."
"Why is it the philosopher who is expected to be easier and not some scientist who is even more inaccessible?"

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