Habit is necessary. It is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive ... One can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in the big things, and happy in small ways.
I make one imagethough 'make' is not the right word; i let, perhaps, an image be 'made' emotionally in me and then apply to it what intellectual & critical forces i possesslet it breed another, let that image contradict the first, make, of the third image bred out of the other two together, a fourth contradictory image, and let them all, within my imposed formal limits, conflict.
Human physical structures and intellectual structures are generally studied in different ways. The assumption is that physical structures are genetically inherited and intellectual structures are learned. I think that this assumption is wrong. None of these structures is learned. They all grow; they grow in comparable ways; their ultimate forms are heavily dependent on genetic predispositions.
French intellectual life has, in my opinion, been turned into something cheap and meretricious by the 'star' system. It is like hollywood. Thus we go from one absurdity to another - stalinism, existentialism. Lacan, derrida - some of them obscene ( stalinism), some simply infantile and ridiculous ( lacan, derrida). What is striking, however, is the pomposity and self-importance, at each stage.