Michel Foucault quotes

“Do not ask who I am and do not ask me to remain the same.”

Michel Foucault

“Do not think that one has to be sad in order to be militant, even though the thing one is fighting is abominable.”

Michel Foucault

“I don't feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning.”

Michel Foucault

“I don't write a book so that it will be the final word; I write a book so that other books are possible, not necessarily written by me.”

Michel Foucault

“I'm no prophet. My job is making windows where there were once walls.”

Michel Foucault

“If you are not like everybody else, then you are abnormal, if you are abnormal , then you are sick. These three categories, not being like everybody else, not being normal and being sick are in fact very different but have been reduced to the same thing.”

Michel Foucault

“Maybe the target nowadays is not to discover what we are but to refuse what we are.”

Michel Foucault

“People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don't know is what what they do does.”

Michel Foucault Madness and Civilization

“Schools serve the same social functions as prisons and mental institutions- to define, classify, control, and regulate people.”

Michel Foucault

“The 'Enlightenment', which discovered the liberties, also invented the disciplines.”

Michel Foucault

“The intellectual was rejected and persecuted at the precise moment when the facts became incontrovertible, when it was forbidden to say that the emperor had no clothes.”

Michel Foucault

“What desire can be contrary to nature since it was given to man by nature itself?”

Michel Foucault Madness and Civilization

“What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is related only to objects and not to individuals, or to life. That art is something which is specialized or which is done by experts who are artists. But couldn't everyone's life become a work of art? Why should the lamp or the house be an art object, but not our life?”

Michel Foucault

“Where there is power, there is resistance.”

Michel Foucault The History of Sexuality

“You know the difference between a real science and a pseudoscience? A real science recognizes and accepts its own history without feeling attacked. When you tell a psychiatrist his mental institution came from a lazar house, he becomes infuriated.”

Michel Foucault