Top 26 Slavoj Žižek Quotes

If you have reasons to love someone, you don’t love them.


Love feels like a great misfortune, a monstrous parasite, a permanent state of emergency that ruins all small pleasures.


Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn’t give you what you desire – it tells you how to desire.


Beyond the fiction of reality, there is the reality of the fiction.


I think that the task of philosophy is not to provide answers, but to show how the way we perceive a problem can be itself part of a problem.


as soon as we renounce fiction and illusion, we lose reality itself; the moment we subtract fictions from reality, reality itself loses its discursive-logical consistency.


€7,500, first-class, everything—and all that for 40 minutes selling them some old stuff.


Experts are by definition the servants of those in power: they don’t really THINK, they just apply their knowledge to problems defined by the powerful.


We feel free because we lack the very language to articulate our unfreedom.


Ideology is strong exactly because it is no longer experienced as ideology… we feel free because we lack the very language to articulate our unfreedom.


We Slovenians are even better misers than you Scottish. You know how Scotland began? One of us Slovenians was spending too much money, so we put him on a boat and he landed in Scotland.


So when the ruling ideology enjoins us to enjoy sex, not to feel guilty about it, since we are not bound by any prohibitions whose violations should make us feel guilty, the price we pay for this absence of guilt is anxiety.


The Christian motto ‘All men are brothers’, however, also means that those who do not accept brotherhood are not men.


Was 9/11 not the 20th congress of the American Dream?


Nowadays, you can do anything that you want—anal, oral, fisting—but you need to be wearing gloves, condoms, protection.


Because the horror of Communism, Stalinism, is not that bad people do bad things — they always do. It’s that good people do horrible things thinking they are doing something g


I think boredom is the beginning of every authentic act. (…) Boredom opens up the space, for new engagements. Without boredom, no creativity. If you are not bored, you just stupidly enjoy the situation in which you are.


The problem for us is not are our desires satisfied or not. The problem is how do we know what we desire.


If Stalin gives you a love advice, it has to succeed.


The same rightists who decades ago were shouting, ‘Better dead than red!’ are now often heard mumbling, ‘Better red than eating hamburgers.


In this way the world market is, with regard to its immanent dynamic, ‘a space in which everyone has once been a productive labourer, and in which labour has everywhere begun to price itself out of the system’.


Humanity is OK, but 99% of people are boring idiots.


Without the communist oppression, I am absolutely sure I would now be a local stupid professor of philosophy in Ljubljana.


We’re not dreamers. We’re awaking from a dream turning into a nightmare. We’re not destroying anything. We’re watching the system destroy itself.


Ultimately,we hear things because we cannot see everything.


You cannot change people but you can change the system so that people are not pushed into doing evil things.



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