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Daily life is governed by an economic system in which the production and consumption of insults tends to balance out. ---->>>

The eruption of lived pleasure is such that in losing myself I find myself; forgetting that I exist, I realize myself. ---->>>

People who talk about revolution and class struggle without referring explicitly to everyday life, without understanding what is subversive about love and what is positive in the refusal of constraints, such people have a corpse in their mouth. ---->>>

Everything has been said yet few have taken advantage of it. Since all our knowledge is essentially banal, it can only be of value to minds that are not. ---->>>

In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create. ---->>>

The key is within each of us. No instructions come with it. ---->>>

Who wants a world in which the guarantee that we shall not die of starvation entails the risk of dying of boredom? ---->>>

Purchasing power is a license to purchase power. ---->>>

As poverty has been reduced in terms of mere survival, it has become more profound in terms of our way of life. ---->>>

In the kingdom of consumption the citizen is king. A democratic monarchy: equality before consumption, fraternity in consumption, and freedom through consumption.

In the kingdom of consumption the citizen is king. A democratic monarchy: equality before consumption, fraternity in consumption, and freedom through consumption.

We can escape the commonplace only by manipulating it, controlling it, thrusting it into our dreams or surrendering it to the free play of our subjectivity. ---->>>

It is entirely up to us to invent our own lives. ---->>>

There are more truths in twenty-four hours of a man's life than in all the philosophies. ---->>>

Our task is not to rediscover nature but to remake it. ---->>>

Work to survive, survive by consuming, survive to consume: the hellish cycle is complete. ---->>>

Work is the opposite of creativity. ---->>>

Never before has a civilization reached such a degree of a contempt for life; never before has a generation, drowned in mortification, felt such a rage to live. ---->>>

The same people who are murdered slowly in the mechanized slaughterhouses of work are also arguing, singing, drinking, dancing, making love, holding the streets, picking up weapons and inventing a new poetry. ---->>>

To be rich nowadays merely means to possess a large number of poor objects. ---->>>

What could I wish for the present but to take the greatest pleasure in being what I am? ---->>>

Ideally a book would have no order in it, and the reader would have to discover his own. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Belgian
Born: 06-21, 2015
Birthplace: Lessines, Belgium
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Occupation: Philosopher
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Raoul Vaneigem (Dutch pronunciation: [raːˈul vɑnˈɛi̯ɣəm]; born 1934) is a Belgian writer known for his 1967 book The Revolution of Everyday Life. He was born in Lessines (Hainaut, Belgium) and studied romance philology at the Free University of Brussels (now split into the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel) from 1952 to 1956 (wikipedia)