Today, I finished the final volume of Marcel Proust's 'In Search of Lost Time.' I have never had such an immense feeling of loss upon finishing a book (except maybe Kafka's three novels). I know that this is a work that I will read cyclically for the rest of my life and never tire of. I really, really cannot recommend it enough. Now though I have to decide upon what can follow it!? I'm thinking Dostoevsky's 'The Karamazov Brothers' or 'Devils'; or Victor Hugo's 'Les Miserables' or 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'. Unless anyone has a must read recommendation worthy of following what is (i'm pretty sure) the greatest novel I will ever read.

"There is no work of art that does not call on a people who does not yet exist."
Gilles Deleuze - Two Regiemes of Madness
"[T]he cruel law of art is that people die and we ourselves die after exhausting every form of suffering, so that over our heads may grow the grass not of oblivion but of eternal life, the vigorous and luxuriant growth of a true work of art, and so that thither, gaily and without a thought for those who are sleeping beneath them, future generations may come to enjoy their déjeuner sur l’herbe."
Marcel Proust - Time Regained
"Time which changes human beings does not alter the image which we have preserved of them. Indeed nothing is more painful than this contrast between the mutability of people and the fixity of memory, when it is borne in upon us that what has preserved so much freshness in our memory can no longer possess any trace of that quality in life that we cannot now, outside ourselves, approach and behold again what inside our mind seems so beautiful, what excites in us a desire (a desire apparently so individual) to see it again, except by seeking it in a person of the same age, by seeking it, that is to say, in a different person."
Marcel Proust - Time Regained
"The I and the Self are perhaps no more than indices of the species: of humanity as a species with divisions."
Gilles Deleuze - Difference and Repetition
"Cowardice, cruelty, baseness and stupidity are not simply corporeal capacities or traits of character or society; they are structures of thought as such."
Gille Deleuze - Difference and Repetition 
"Slaves are always commanded by another slave."
Gilles Deleuze - Difference and Repetition 
"the new—in other words, difference—calls forth forces in thought which are not the forces of recognition, today or tomorrow, but the powers of a completely other model, from an unrecognised and unrecognisable terra incognita."
Gilles Deleuze - Difference and Repetition 
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"The modern world is one of simulacra. Man did not survive God, nor did the identity of the subject survive that of substance. All identities are only simulated, produced as an optical “effect” by the more profound game of difference and repetition."
Gilles Deleuze -  Difference and Repetition 
"Thought is primarily trespass and violence, the enemy, and nothing presupposes philosophy: everything begins with misosophy. Do not count upon thought to ensure the relative necessity of what it thinks. Rather, count upon the contingency of an encounter with that which forces thought to raise up and educate the absolute necessity of an act of thought or a passion to think. The conditions of a true critique and a true creation are the same: the destruction of an image of thought which presupposes itself and the genesis of the act of thinking in thought itself."
Gilles Deleuze - Difference and Repetition 
Hackney Wick
Anonymous asked:
Have you really read all this stuff you quote from!? How old are you?

Hahaha… yeah, generally….. And I’m 25

"The beauty of images is situated in front of things, that of ideas behind them. So that the first sort of beauty ceases to astonish us as soon as we have reached the things themselves, but the second is something that we understand only when we have passed beyond them."
Marcel Proust - Time Regained