Michel Foucault
Quotations


Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.

Justice must always question itself, just as society can exist only by means of the work it does on itself and on its institutions.

Chance does not speak essentially through words nor can it be seen in their convolution. It is the eruption of language, its sudden appearance. . . . It's not a night atwinkle with stars, an illuminated sleep, nor a drowsy vigil. It is the very edge of consciousness.

Madness is the absolute break with the work of art; it forms the constitutive moment of abolition, which dissolves in time the truth of the work of art.

Power is not an institution, and not a structure; neither is it a certain strength we are endowed with; it is the name that one attributes to a complex strategical situation in a particular society.

In its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or educating.

Psychoanalysis can unravel some of the forms of madness; it remains a stranger to the sovereign enterprise of unreason. It can neither limit nor transcribe, nor most certainly explain, what is essential in this enterprise.



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