45 Total Quotes

Eugene Ionesco Quotes

There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation.
Eugene Ionesco
#French Dramatist #Ideology

Childhood is the world of miracle and wonder; as if creation rose, bathed in the light, out of the darkness, utterly new and fresh and astonishing. The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us.
Eugene Ionesco
#Childhood

Beauty is a precious trace that eternity causes to appear to us and that it takes away from us. A manifestation of eternity, and a sign of death as well.
Eugene Ionesco
#Beauty #French Dramatist

No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa.
Eugene Ionesco
#French Dramatist #Living

The unpleasant thing about society today is nowadays is that there is a confusion between people and their function; or rather, people are tempted to identify with the function they perform. This is what's happening, particularly in totalitarian soc
Eugene Ionesco
#Confusion

I've always been suspicious of collective truths.
Eugene Ionesco
#French Dramatist

Explanation separates us from astonishment, which is the only gateway to the incomprehensible.
Eugene Ionesco
#French Dramatist #Explanations

The critic should describe, and not prescribe.
Eugene Ionesco
#French Dramatist #Critics And Criticism

You can only predict things after they have happened.
Eugene Ionesco
#French Dramatist

Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.
Eugene Ionesco
#Dreams #French Dramatist

Everything that has been will be, everything that will be is, everything that will be has been.
Eugene Ionesco
#French Dramatist

A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind
Eugene Ionesco
#Art

The light of memory, or rather the light that memory lends to things, is the palest light of all. I am not quite sure whether I am dreaming or remembering, whether I have lived my life or dreamed it. Just as dreams do, memory makes me profoundly awar
Eugene Ionesco
#Life

You've always made the mistake of being yourself
Eugene Ionesco
#Mistakes

We have not the time to take our time.
Eugene Ionesco
#French Dramatist

Realism, whether it be socialist or not, falls short of reality. It shrinks it, attenuates it, falsifies it; it does not take into account our basic truths and our fundamental obsessions: love, death, astonishment. It presents man in a reduced and estranged perspective. Truth is in our dreams, in the imagination.
Eugene Ionesco
#Reality