Michel Foucault Quotes

Top 73 wise famous quotes and sayings by Michel Foucault

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Michel Foucault quotes: The 'Enlightenment', which discovered the liberties, also invented the disciplines. The 'Enlightenment', which discovered the liberties, also invented the disciplines.
Michel Foucault quotes: Do not ask who I am and do not ask me to remain the same. More than one person, doubtless like me, writes in order to have no face. Do not ask who I am and do not ask me to remain the same. More than one person, doubtless like me, writes in order to have no face.
Michel Foucault quotes: People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don't know is what what they do does. People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don't know is what what they do does.
Michel Foucault quotes: Life itself was only futility, vain words, a squabble of cap and bells. Life itself was only futility, vain words, a squabble of cap and bells.
Michel Foucault quotes: The best moment of love is when the lover leaves in the taxi. The best moment of love is when the lover leaves in the taxi.
Michel Foucault quotes: We are freer than we think. We are freer than we think.
Michel Foucault quotes: Religion for them [Iranians] was like a promise and guarantee of finding something that would radically change their subjectivity Religion for them [Iranians] was like a promise and guarantee of finding something that would radically change their subjectivity
Michel Foucault quotes: Knowledge is not made for understanding; it is made for cutting. Knowledge is not made for understanding; it is made for cutting.
Michel Foucault quotes: We must escape and help others to escape the two readymade formulas of the pure sexual encounter and the lovers' fusion of identities. We must escape and help others to escape the two readymade formulas of the pure sexual encounter and the lovers' fusion of identities.
Michel Foucault quotes: There is not one but many silences, and they are an integral part of the strategies that underlie and permeate discourses. There is not one but many silences, and they are an integral part of the strategies that underlie and permeate discourses.
Michel Foucault quotes: What is constitutive is the action that divides madness, and not the science elaborated once this division is made. What is constitutive is the action that divides madness, and not the science elaborated once this division is made.
Michel Foucault quotes: One makes war to win, not because it's just. One makes war to win, not because it's just.
Michel Foucault quotes: No seventeenth-century pedagogue would have publicly advised his disciple, as did Erasmus in his Dialogues, on the choice of a good prostitute. No seventeenth-century pedagogue would have publicly advised his disciple, as did Erasmus in his Dialogues, on the choice of a good prostitute.
Michel Foucault quotes: Surveillance is permanent in its effects, even if it is discontinuous in its action. Surveillance is permanent in its effects, even if it is discontinuous in its action.
Michel Foucault quotes: Islam, in the year 1978, was not the opium of the people precisely because it was the spirit of a world without spirit. Islam, in the year 1978, was not the opium of the people precisely because it was the spirit of a world without spirit.
Michel Foucault quotes: I don't write a book so that it will be the final word; I write a book so that other books are possible, not necessarily written by me. I don't write a book so that it will be the final word; I write a book so that other books are possible, not necessarily written by me.
Michel Foucault quotes: Schools serve the same social functions as prisons and mental institutions- to define, classify, control, and regulate people. Schools serve the same social functions as prisons and mental institutions- to define, classify, control, and regulate people.
Michel Foucault quotes: Truth is not by nature free-nor error servile-its production is thoroughly imbued with relations of power. Truth is not by nature free-nor error servile-its production is thoroughly imbued with relations of power.
Michel Foucault quotes: But the guilty person is only one of the targets of punishment. For punishment is directed above all at others, at all the potentially guilty. But the guilty person is only one of the targets of punishment. For punishment is directed above all at others, at all the potentially guilty.
Michel Foucault quotes: We are entering the age of the infinite examination and of compulsory objectification. We are entering the age of the infinite examination and of compulsory objectification.
Michel Foucault quotes: The individual is the product of power. The individual is the product of power.
Michel Foucault quotes: At every moment, step by step, one must confront what one is thinking and saying with what one is doing, what one is. At every moment, step by step, one must confront what one is thinking and saying with what one is doing, what one is.
Michel Foucault quotes: [Knowledge is governed not by] a theory of knowledge, but by a theory of discursive practice. [Knowledge is governed not by] a theory of knowledge, but by a theory of discursive practice.
Michel Foucault quotes: I'm no prophet. My job is making windows where there were once walls. I'm no prophet. My job is making windows where there were once walls.
Michel Foucault quotes: The most defenseless tenderness and the bloodiest of powers have a similar need of confession. Western man has become a confessing animal. The most defenseless tenderness and the bloodiest of powers have a similar need of confession. Western man has become a confessing animal.
Michel Foucault quotes: One should try to locate power at the extreme of its exercise, where it is always less legal in character. One should try to locate power at the extreme of its exercise, where it is always less legal in character.
Michel Foucault quotes: It might be said that all knowledge is linked to the essential forms of cruelty. It might be said that all knowledge is linked to the essential forms of cruelty.
Michel Foucault quotes: I am hopelessly in love with a memory. An echo from another time, another place. I am hopelessly in love with a memory.
An echo from another time, another place.
Michel Foucault quotes: everything is dangerous, nothing is innocent everything is dangerous, nothing is innocent
Michel Foucault quotes: What I seek is a permanent opening of possibilities. What I seek is a permanent opening of possibilities.
Michel Foucault quotes: It is meaningless to speak in the name of - or against - Reason, Truth, or Knowledge. It is meaningless to speak in the name of - or against - Reason, Truth, or Knowledge.
Michel Foucault quotes: Through Sade and Goya, the Western world received the possibility of transcending its reason in violence ... Through Sade and Goya, the Western world received the possibility of transcending its reason in violence ...
Michel Foucault quotes: To work is to undertake to think something other than what one has thought before To work is to undertake to think something other than what one has thought before
Michel Foucault quotes: From the idea that the self is not given to us, I think there is only one practical consequence: we have to create ourselves as a work of art. From the idea that the self is not given to us, I think there is only one practical consequence: we have to create ourselves as a work of art.
Michel Foucault quotes: Knowledge is not for knowing: knowledge is for cutting. Knowledge is not for knowing: knowledge is for cutting.
Michel Foucault quotes: Death left its old tragic heaven and became the lyrical core of man: his invisible truth, his visible secret. Death left its old tragic heaven and became the lyrical core of man: his invisible truth, his visible secret.
Michel Foucault quotes: Madness designates the equinox between the vanity of night's hallucinations and the non-being of light's judgments. Madness designates the equinox between the vanity of night's hallucinations and the non-being of light's judgments.
Michel Foucault quotes: The court is the bureaucracy of the law. If you bureaucratise popular justice then you give it the form of a court. The court is the bureaucracy of the law. If you bureaucratise popular justice then you give it the form of a court.
Michel Foucault quotes: It's amazing how people like judging. It's amazing how people like judging.
Michel Foucault quotes: In its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or educating. In its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or educating.
Michel Foucault quotes: there is no glory in punishing there is no glory in punishing
Michel Foucault quotes: Visibility is a trap. Visibility is a trap.
Michel Foucault quotes: My point is not that everything is bad, but that everything is dangerous. My point is not that everything is bad, but that everything is dangerous.
Michel Foucault quotes: Nature, keeping only useless secrets, had placed within reach and in sight of human beings the things it was necessary for them to know. Nature, keeping only useless secrets, had placed within reach and in sight of human beings the things it was necessary for them to know.
Michel Foucault quotes: madness is the false punishment of a false solution, but by its own virtue it brings to light the real problem, which can then be truly resolved. madness is the false punishment of a false solution, but by its own virtue it brings to light the real problem, which can then be truly resolved.
Michel Foucault quotes: The soul is the prison of the body. The soul is the prison of the body.
Michel Foucault quotes: Justice must always question itself, just as society can exist only by means of the work it does on itself and on its institutions. Justice must always question itself, just as society can exist only by means of the work it does on itself and on its institutions.
Michel Foucault quotes: I have not tried to write the history of that language, but rather the archaeology of that silence. I have not tried to write the history of that language, but rather the archaeology of that silence.
Michel Foucault quotes: One thing in any case is certain: man is neither the oldest nor the most constant problem that has been posed for human knowledge. One thing in any case is certain: man is neither the oldest nor the most constant problem that has been posed for human knowledge.
Michel Foucault quotes: In the darkest region of the political field the condemned man represents the symmetrical, inverted figure of the king. In the darkest region of the political field the condemned man represents the symmetrical, inverted figure of the king.
Michel Foucault quotes: We must not think that by saying yes to sex, one says no to power. We must not think that by saying yes to sex, one says no to power.
Michel Foucault quotes: What desire can be contrary to nature since it was given to man by nature itself? What desire can be contrary to nature since it was given to man by nature itself?