38 Total Quotes

Jean Genet Quotes

When the judge calls the criminal's name out he stands up, and they are immediately linked by a strange biology that makes them both opposite and complementary. The one cannot exist without the other. Which is the sun and which is the shadow? It's well known some criminals have been great men.
Jean Genet
#Trials

The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man... not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology.
Jean Genet
#French Dramatist #Ideology

The force of what was called Panther rhetoric or word mongering resided not in elegant discourse but in strength of affirmation (or denial), in anger of tone and timbre. When the anger led to action there was no turgidity or over-emphasis. Anyone who has witnessed political rows among the Whites will have to admit that the Whites aren't overburdened with poetic imagination.
Jean Genet
#Force

Power may be at the end of a gun, but sometimes it's also at the end of the shadow or the image of a gun.
Jean Genet
#Power #French Dramatist

Anyone who knows a strange fact shares in its singularity.
Jean Genet
#French Dramatist

A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness.
Jean Genet
#French Dramatist

There is a close relationship between flowers and convicts. The fragility and delicacy of the former are of the same nature as the brutal insensitivity of the latter.
Jean Genet
#Prison

I'm homosexual... How and why are idle questions. It's a little like wanting to know why my eyes are green.
Jean Genet
#French Dramatist #Eyes

Violence is a calm that disturbs you.
Jean Genet
#Violence #French Dramatist

I recognize in thieves, traitors and murderers, in the ruthless and the cunning, a deep beauty-a sunken beauty.
Jean Genet
#Beauty #French Dramatist

Would Hamlet have felt the delicious fascination of suicide if he hadn't had an audience, and lines to speak?
Jean Genet
#French Dramatist #Suicide

I give the name violence to a boldness lying idle and enamored of danger.
Jean Genet
#French Dramatist #Boldness

Repudiating the virtues of your world, criminals hopelessly agree to organize a forbidden universe. They agree to live in it. The air there is nauseating: they can breathe it.
Jean Genet
#French Dramatist #Universe

A great wind swept over the ghetto, carrying away shame, invisibility and four centuries of humiliation. But when the wind dropped people saw it had been only a little breeze, friendly, almost gentle.
Jean Genet
#French Dramatist

Perhaps all music, even the newest, is not so much something discovered as something that re-emerges from where it lay buried in the memory, inaudible as a melody cut in a disc of flesh. A composer lets me hear a song that has always been shut up silent within me.
Jean Genet
#Music

What I did not yet know so intensely was the hatred of the white American for the black, a hatred so deep that I wonder if every white man in this country, when he plants a tree, doesn't see Negroes hanging from its branches.
Jean Genet
#French Dramatist #Hatred

We know that their adventures are childish. They themselves are fools. They are ready to kill or be killed over a card-game in which an opponent -- or they themselves -- was cheating. Yet, thanks to such fellows, tragedies are possible.
Jean Genet
#Delinquency

Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
Jean Genet
#French Dramatist #History

The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them.
Jean Genet
#French Dramatist #Fame