Jacques Derrida Quotes


29 Jacques Derrida quotes:



"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
"To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend."
"As soon as there is language, generality has entered the scen."
"Certain readers resented me when they could no longer recognize their territory, their institution."
"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."
"I became the stage for the great argument between Nietzsche and Rousseau. I was the extra ready to take on all the roles."
"I believe it is always a writer who is accused of being someone who is engaged in an explanation with language, the economy of language."
"I do everything I think possible or acceptable to escape from this trap."
"I do not believe in pure idioms. I think there is naturally a desire, for whoever speaks or writes, to sign in an idiomatic, irreplaceable manner."
"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."
"I never give in to the temptation to be difficult just for the sake of being difficult. That would be too ridiculous."
"I wrote some bad poetry that I published in North African journals, but even as I withdrew into this reading, I also led the life of a kind of young hooligan."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."



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