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  • Truth is a new word in Europe (and elsewhere).

    Alain Badiou, Oliver Feltham (2007). “Being and Event”, p.3, A&C Black
  • All resistance is a rupture with what is. And every rupture begins, for those engaged in it, through a rupture with oneself.

    Alain Badiou (2005). “Metapolitics”, p.7, Verso
  • These latter institutions [the civil service, trade unions, media of all kinds], notably of course television, but more subtly the written press, are quite spectacular powers of unreason and ignorance.

    Alain Badiou (2009). “The meaning of Sarkozy”, Verso Books
  • Without mathematics, we are blind.

    Alain Badiou (2015). “Theoretical Writings”, p.90, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • There is a kind of serenity in love which is almost a paradise.

    "Alain Badiou: a life in writing". Interview with Stuart Jeffries, May 18, 2012.
  • Liberal capitalism is not at all the Good of humanity. Quite the contrary; it is the vehicle of savage, destructive nihilism.

  • The absolute contingency of the encounter takes on the appearance of destiny. The declaration of love marks the transition from chance to destiny and that's why it is so perilous and so burdened with a kind of horrifying stage fright.

    "Alain Badiou: a life in writing". Interview with Stuart Jeffries, May 18, 2012.
  • I feel really assured by the fact that the women I have loved I have loved for always.

    Facts   Feels   Assured  
    Alain Badiou, Nicolas Truong (2012). “In Praise Of Love”, p.47, Profile Books
  • Emancipatory politics always consists in making seem possible precisely that which, from within the situation, is declared to be impossible.

    Alain Badiou (2002). “Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil”, p.121, Verso
  • In love, fidelity signifies this extended victory: the randomness of an encounter defeated day after day through the invention of what will endure.

    Alain Badiou, Nicolas Truong (2012). “In Praise Of Love”, p.45, Profile Books
  • Evil is the moment when I lack the strength to be true to the Good that compels me.

  • I am surprised to see that today everything that does not amount to surrender pure and simple to generalized capitalism, let us call it thus, is considered to be archaic or old-fashioned, as though in a way there existed no other definition of what it means to be modern than, quite simply, to be at all times caught in the dominant forms of the moment.

    Mean   Simple   Today  
    "Can Change Be Thought? A Dialogue with Alain Badiou by Bruno Bosteels". "Alain Badiou: Philosophy And Its Conditions", Book edited by Gabriel Riera, 2005.
  • We must point out that in what concerns its material the event is not a miracle. What I mean is that what composes an event is always extracted from a situation, always related back to a singular multiplicity, to its state, to the language that is connected to it, etc. In fact, so as not to succumb to an obscurantist theory of creation ex nihilo, we must accept that an event is nothing but a part of a given situation, nothing but a fragment of being.

    Mean   Miracle   Events  
  • The cinema is a place of intrinsic indiscernibility between art and non-art.

    Art   Cinema  
    Alain Badiou (2005). “Infinite Thought”, p.84, A&C Black
  • Love and politics are the two great figures of social engagement. Politics is enthusiasm with a collective; with love, two people. So love is the minimal form of communism.

    Love Is   Two   People  
    "Alain Badiou: a life in writing". Interview with Stuart Jeffries, May 18, 2012.
  • We could say that love is a tenacious adventure. The adventurous side is necessary, but equally so is the need for tenacity. To give up at the first hurdle, the first quarrel, is only to distort love. Real love is one that triumphs lastingly, sometimes painfully, over the hurdles erected by time, space and the world.

    Alain Badiou, Nicolas Truong (2012). “In Praise Of Love”, p.32, Profile Books
  • The ethic of truth is the complete opposite of an 'ethics of communication'. It is an ethic of the Real The ethic of truth is absolutely opposed to opinion, and to ethics in general.

    Alain Badiou (2002). “Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil”, p.52, Verso
  • I would say, if you like, that the party is like an out-moded mathematics...that is to say, the mathematics of Euclid. We need to invent a non-Euclidian mathematics with respect to political discipline.

  • What kind of world does one see when one experiences it from the point of view of two and not one? What is the world like when it is experienced, developed and lived from the point of view of difference and not identity? That is what I believe love to be.

    Believe   Views   Two  
    Alain Badiou, Nicolas Truong (2012). “In Praise Of Love”, p.22, Profile Books
  • To believe that the intolerable crime is to burn a few cars and rob some shops, whereas to kill a young man is trivial, is typically in keeping with what Marx regarded as the principal alienation of capitalism: the primacy of things over existence, of commodities over life and machines over workers

    Believe   Men   Car  
    Alain Badiou, Gregory Elliott (2012). “The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings”, p.20, Verso Books
  • We have the riots we deserve.

    Riot   Deserve  
    Alain Badiou (2006). “Polemics”, New Left Books
  • Love is not a contract between two narcissists.

    "Alain Badiou: a life in writing". Interview with Stuart Jeffries, May 18, 2012.
  • We know that communism is the right hypothesis. All those who abandon this hypothesis immediately resign themselves to the market economy, to parliamentary democracy-the form of state suited to capitalism-and to the inevitable and 'natural' character of the most monstrous inequalities.

  • Love can only consist in failure...on the fallacious assumption that it is a relationship. But it is not. It is a production of truth.

  • There is no ethics in general. There are only-eventually-ethics of processes by which we treat the possibilities of a situation.

    Alain Badiou (2002). “Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil”, p.16, Verso
  • For a politics of emancipation, the enemy that is to be feared most is not repression at the hands of the established order. It is the interiority of nihilism, and the unbounded cruelty that can come with its emptiness.

    Hands   Order   Enemy  
  • Evil is the interruption of a truth by the pressure of particular or individual interests.

  • Art is not ideology. It is completely impossible to explain art on the basis of the homological relation that it is supposed to maintain with the real of history. The aesthetic process decentres the specular relation with which ideology perpetuates its closed infinity. The aesthetic effect is certainly imaginary; but this imaginary is not the reflection of the real, since it is the real of this reflection.

    Art   Real   Reflection  
  • It must be said that today, at the end of its semantic evolution, the word 'terrorist' is an intrinsically propagandistic term. It has no neutral readability. It dispenses with all reasoned examination of political situations, of their causes and consequences.

    Alain Badiou (2005). “Infinite Thought”, p.109, A&C Black
  • In order to improve democracy, then, it's necessary to change the people, as Brecht ironically proposed.

    "Alain Badiou: a life in writing". Interview with Stuart Jeffries, May 18, 2012.
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    Alain Badiou

    • Born: January 17, 1937
    • Occupation: Philosopher