Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud Quotes

The Theatre of Cruelty has been created in order to restore to the theatre a passionate and convulsive conception of life, and it is in this sense of violent rigour and extreme condensation of scenic elements that the cruelty on which it is based must be understood. This cruelty, which will be bloody when necessary but not systematically so, can thus be identified with a kind of severe moral purity which is not afraid to pay life the price it must be paid.

Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud

Where there is a stink of shit there is a smell of being.

Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud

All true language is incomprehensible, Like the chatter of a beggars teeth.

Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud

However fiercely opposed one may be to the present order, an old respect for the idea of order itself often prevents people from distinguishing between order and those who stand for order, and leads them in practise to respect individuals under the pretext of respecting order itself.

Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud

It is not opium which makes me work but its absence, and in order for me to feel its absence it must from time to time be present.

Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud

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