Alfred Jarry Quotes | Quotes by Alfred Jarry

1To keep up even a worthwhile tradition means vitiating the idea behind it which must necessarily be in a constant state of evolution: it is mad to try to express new feelings in a mummified form.

2To be weird! That is my goal!

3Blind and unwavering undisciplined at all times constitutes the real strength of all free men.

4God is the shortest distance from zero to infinity.

5You're looking exceptionally ugly tonight, Madam, is it because we have company?

6Duration is the transformation of a succession into a reversion. In other words: THE BECOMING OF A MEMORY.

7The work of art is a stuffed crocodile.

8La mort n'est que pour les me diocres. Death is only for the mediocre.

9Anti-alcoholics are unfortunates in the grip of water, that terrible poison, so corrosive that out of all substances it has been chosen for washing and scouring, and a drop of water added to a clear liquid like Absinthe, muddles it.

10Talking about things that are understandable only weighs down the mind.

Alfred Jarry Quotes

11Laughter is born out of the discovery of the contradictory.

12We shall not have succeeded in demolishing everything unless we demolish the ruins as well. But the only way I can see of doing that is to use them to put up a lot of fine, well-designed buildings.

13The applause of silence. is the only kind that counts.

14It is one of the great joys of home ownership to fire a pistol in one's own bedroom

15Applause that comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations.

16The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character.

17The virtue of dress rehearsals is that they are a free show for a select group of artists and friends of the author, and where for one unique evening the audience is almost expurgated of idiots.

18It is because the public are a mass inert, obtuse, and passive that they need to be shaken up from time to time so that we can tell from their bear-like grunts where they are and also where they stand. They are pretty harmless, in spite of their numbers, because they are fighting against intelligence.

19God is the tangential point between zero and infinity.

20Dawn was breaking, like the light from another world.

Alfred Jarry Quotes

21It is conventional to call 'monster' any blending of dissonant elements. I call 'monster' every original inexhaustible beauty.

22Dieu est le point tangent de ze ro et de l'infini. God is the tangential point of zero and the infinite.

23I am dying. Please ... bring me a toothpick.