The media network has its idols, but its principal idol is its own style which generates an aura of winning and leaves the rest in darkness. It recognizes neither pity nor pitilessness.
If every event which occurred could be given a name, there would be no need for stories.
You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting Vanity, thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for you own pleasure.
That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone, that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of a single life would lead us to believe.
Nothing in the nature around us is evil. This needs to be repeated since one of the human ways of talking oneself into inhuman acts is to cite the supposed cruelty of nature.
Emigration, forced or chosen, across national frontiers or from village to metropolis, is the quintessential experience of our time.
Modern thought has transferred the spectral character of Death to the notion of time itself. Time has become Death triumphant over all.
What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.
One can say of language that it is potentially the only human home, the only dwelling place that cannot be hostile to man.
Never chain your dogs together with sausages. One must accustom one's self to be bored.
The camera relieves us of the burden of memory. It surveys us like God, and it surveys for us. Yet no other god has been so cynical, for the camera records in order to forget.
The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich.
The human imagination... has great difficulty in living strictly within the confines of a materialist practice or philosophy. It dreams, like a dog in its basket, of hares in the open.
You can plan events, but if they go according to your plan they are not events.