31 Total Quotes

Jacques Derrida Quotes

To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

Within the university... you can study without waiting for any efficient or immediate result. You may search, just for the sake of searching, and try for the sake of trying. So there is a possibility of what I would call playing. It's perhaps the only place within society where play is possible to such an extent.
Jacques Derrida
#Colleges And Universities

As soon as there is language, generality has entered the scen.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

Certain readers resented me when they could no longer recognize their territory, their institution.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

Each time this identity announces itself, someone or something cries: Look out for the trap, you're caught. Take off, get free, disengage yourself.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

Every discourse, even a poetic or oracular sentence, carries with it a system of rules for producing analogous things and thus an outline of methodology.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

Everything is arranged so that it be this way, this is what is called culture.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

I became the stage for the great argument between Nietzsche and Rousseau. I was the extra ready to take on all the roles.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

I believe it is always a writer who is accused of being someone who is engaged in an explanation with language, the economy of language.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

I do everything I think possible or acceptable to escape from this trap.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

I do not believe in pure idioms. I think there is naturally a desire, for whoever speaks or writes, to sign in an idiomatic, irreplaceable manner.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

I have always had school sickness, as others have seasickness. I cried when it was time to go back to school long after I was old enough to be ashamed of such behavior.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

I have always had trouble recognizing myself in the features of the intellectual playing his political role according to the screenplay that you are familiar with and whose heritage deserves to be questioned.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

I never give in to the temptation to be difficult just for the sake of being difficult. That would be too ridiculous.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

I wrote some bad poetry that I published in North African journals, but even as I withdrew into this reading, I also led the life of a kind of young hooligan.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

If this work seems so threatening, this is because it isn't simply eccentric or strange, but competent, rigorously argued, and carrying conviction.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

In Algeria, I had begun to get into literature and philosophy. I dreamed of writing-and already models were instructing the dream, a certain language governed it.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

In certain situations, there is a classical function and responsibility there that must not be avoided, even if it is just to appeal to good sense.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

In philosophy, you have to reckon with the implicit level of an accumulated reserve, and thus with a very great number of relays, with the shared responsibility of these relays.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

My most resolute opponents believe that I am too visible, that I am a little too alive, that my name echoes too much in the texts which they nevertheless claim to be inaccessible.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist whom he or she doesn't understand, or at someone who speaks a foreign language, but rather at someone who tampers with your own language.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

Still today, I cannot cross the threshold of a teaching institution without physical symptoms, in my chest and my stomach, of discomfort or anxiety. And yet I have never left school.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

The boarding-school experience in Paris was very hard, I didn't put up with it very well. I was sick all the time, or in any case frail, on the edge of a nervous breakdown.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

The circle of the return to birth can only remain open, but this is a chance, a sign of life, and a wound.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

The first problem of the media is posed by what does not get translated, or even published in the dominant political languages.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

These critics organize and practice in my case a sort of obsessive personality cult which philosophers should know how to question and above all, to moderate.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

These years of the Ecole Normale were an ordeal. Nothing was handed to me on the first try.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

We are all mediators, translators.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

Whatever precautions you take so the photograph will look like this or that, there comes a moment when the photograph surprises you. It is the other's gaze that wins out and decides.
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher

Who ever said that one was born just once?
Jacques Derrida
#French Philosopher