Giorgio Di Chirico/J. G. Ballard

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Science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they dictate the languages in which we speak and think. Either we use those languages, or we remain mute. –J.G. Ballard

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In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom.–J.G. Ballard

 

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The Enlightenment view of mankind is a complete myth. It leads us into thinking we’re sane and rational creatures most of the time, and we’re not.–J.G. Ballard

 

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The entertainment medium of film is particularly tuned to the present imaginations of people at large. A lot of fiction is intensely nostalgic.–J. G. Ballard

 

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I felt the pressure of imagination against the doors of my mind was so great that they were going to burst.– J. G. Ballard

 

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What our children have to fear is not the cars on the highways of tomorrow but our own pleasure in calculating the most elegant parameters of their deaths.–J. G. Ballard

 

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Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.–J. G. Ballard

 

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I believe that if it were possible to scrap the whole of existing literature, all writers would find themselves inevitably producing something very close to science fiction… No other form of fiction has the vocabulary of ideas and images to deal with the present, let alone the future.–J. G. Ballard

 

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Orwell’s “1984” convinced me, rightly or wrongly, that Marxism was only a quantum leap away from tyranny. By contrast, Huxley’s “Brave New World” suggested that the totalitarian systems of the future might be subservient and ingratiating.–J. G. Ballard

 

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Electronic aids, particularly domestic computers, will help the inner migration, the opting out of reality. Reality is no longer going to be the stuff out there, but the stuff inside your head. It’s going to be commercial and nasty at the same time.–J. G. Ballard

 

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The American Dream has run out of gas. The car has stopped. It no longer supplies the world with its images, it dreams, its fantasies. No more. It’s over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Vietnam.–J. G. Ballard

 

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Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.–J. G. Ballard

ballard delMy room is dominated by the huge painting, which is a copy of “The Violation” by the Belgian surrealist Paul Delvaux. The original was destroyed during the Blitz in 1940, and I commissioned an artist I know, Brigid Marlin, to make a copy from a photograph. I never stop looking at this painting and its mysterious and beautiful women.–J. G. Ballard

 

 

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