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“And what would thinking be if it did not constantly confront chaos? Reason shows its true face only when it thunders in its crater.”

– Deleuze, What is Philosophy?


“Old age is this very weariness: then, there is either a fall into mental chaos outside of the plane of composition or a falling-back on ready-made opinions, on cliches that reveal that an artist, no longer able to create new sensations, no longer knowing how to preserve, to contemplate, and contract, no longer has anything to say.”

– Deleuze, What is Philosophy?


“If thought searches, it is less in the manner of someone who possesses a method than that of a dog that seems to be making uncoordinated leaps.”

– Deleuze, What is Philosophy?”

I’ll admit sometimes I think just like a puppy.


“…thought, even in the form it actively assumes in science, does not depend upon a brain made up of organic connections and integrations: according to phenomenology, thought depends on man’s relations with the world – with which the brain is necessarily in agreement because it is drawn from these relations…”

– Deleuze, What is Philosophy?


“The philosopher is expert in concepts and in the lack of them. He knows which of them are not viable, which are arbitrary or inconsistent, which ones do not hold up for an instant. On the other hand, he also knows which are well formed and attest to creation, however disturbing or dangerous it may be.”

– Deleuze and Guittari, What is philosophy?


“What is the best way to follow the great philosophers? Is it to repeat what they said or to do what they did, that is create concepts for problems that necessarily change? For this reason philosophers have very little time for discussion. Every philosopher runs away when he or she hears someone say, Let’s discuss this. Discussions are fine for roundtable talks, but philosophy throws its numbered dice on another table. The best one can say about discussion is that they take things no farther, since the participants never talk about the same thing.”

– Deleuze & Guittari, What is philosophy?


“The question whether drugs help the artist to create these beings of sensation, whether they are part of art’s internal means that really lead us to the ‘doors of perceptions’ and reveal to us percepts and affects, is given a general answer inasmuch as drug-induced compounds are usually extraordinarily flaky, unable to preserve themselves, and break up as soon as they are made or looked at.”

– Deleuze & Guittari, What is philosophy?


“In this respect artists are like philosophers. What little health they possess is often too fragile not because of their illnesses or neuroses but because they have seen something in life that is too much for anyone, too much for themselves, and that has put on them the quiet mark of death. But this something is also the source or breath that supports them through the illness of the lived (what Nietzsche called health) ‘Perhaps one day we will know that there wasn’t any art but only medicine.”

– Deleuze & Guittari, What is philosophy?


“There are times when old age produces not eternal youth but a sovereign freedom, a pure necessity in which one enjoys a moment of grace between life and death, and in which all the parts of the machine come together to send into the future a feature that cuts across all ages: Titian, Turner, Monet.”

– Deleuze & Guittari, What is philosophy?


“It is a question posed in a moment of quiet restlessness, at midnight, when there is no longer anything to ask. It was asked before; it was always being asked, but too indirectly or obliquely; the question was too artificial, too abstract. Instead of being seized by it, those who asked the question set it out and controlled it in passing. They were not sober enough. There was too much desire to do philosophy to wonder what it was, except as a stylistic exercise.

– Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, What is philosophy?

In the Translators’ Introduction Hugh Tomlinson writes that the book “resembles a manifesto produced under the slogan, Philosophers of the world, create!” I quite like that.

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