Stanley Cavell quotes

  • The achievement of happiness requires not the ... satisfaction of our needs ... but the examination and transformation of those needs.
    -- Stanley Cavell

    #Happiness #Achievement #Examination

  • Can human beings change? The humor, and the sadness, of remarriage comedies can be said to result from the fact that we have no good answer to that question.
    -- Stanley Cavell

    #Sadness #Answers #Facts

  • I know how to give the meaning of a word but not how to give the intention of a word.
    -- Stanley Cavell

    #Giving #Intention

  • Philosophy... is indeed outrageous, inherently so. It seeks to disquiet the foundations of our lives and to offer us in recompense nothing better than itself- and this on the basis of no expert knowledge, of nothing closed to the ordinary human being, once... [one] lets himself or herself be informed by the process and ambition of philosophy.
    -- Stanley Cavell

    #Philosophy #Ambition #Foundation

  • Under examination by the camera, a human body becomes for its inhabitant a field of betrayal more than a ground of communication, and the camera's further power is manifested as it documents the individual's self-conscious efforts to control the body each time it is conscious of the camera's attention to it.
    -- Stanley Cavell

    #Betrayal #Communication #Self

  • I don't run away from the idea of philosophy as seductive. I want the sentences to be prose but intense prose, to show that, like life, thinking is not linear.
    -- Stanley Cavell

    #Running #Philosophy #Thinking

  • So far as photography satisfied a wish, it satisfied a wish not confined to painters, but a human wish, intensifying since the Reformation, to escape subjectivity and metaphysical isolation - a wish for power to reach this world, having for so long tried, at last hopelessly, to manifest fidelity to another... Photography overcame subjectivity in a way undreamed of by painting, one which does not so much defeat the act of painting as escape it altogether: by automatism, by removing the human agent from the act of reproduction.
    -- Stanley Cavell

    #Photography #Long #Wish

  • One impulse of photography, as immediate as its impulse to extend the visible, is to theatricalize its subjects. The photographer's command, Watch the birdie! is essentially a stage direction.
    -- Stanley Cavell

    #Photography #Watches #Photographer

  • Philosophy is the education of grown-ups.
    -- Stanley Cavell

    #Philosophy

  • The development of fast film allowed the subjects of our photographs to be caught unawares, beyond our or their control. But they are nevertheless caught; the camera holds the last lanyard of control we would forgo.
    -- Stanley Cavell

    #Development #Lasts #Cameras

  • The academic world doesn't invite you to try to walk on two feet all the time. And in philosophy especially . . . it's a very intimidating place. The intimidation can be very thin, or it can stop you.
    -- Stanley Cavell

    #Philosophy #Two #Feet

  • I try to keep my voice in writing, and I think that's why I get so many complaints about how I write.
    -- Stanley Cavell

    #Writing #Thinking #Voice