"So long as necessity remains a social dream, dreaming will remain a social necessity. The spectacle is the bad dream of a modern society in chains, expressing nothing more than its wish for sleep. The spectacle is the guardian of that sleep."
— Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle, thesis 21.
"Like the ghost of the Revolution which never happened over here, like the ghost of the Revolution which was never completed over there, modernity is in permanent crisis. It is riven with contradictions, and in the absence of the radically revolutionary negativity which — according to the initial Marxist project — would have transformed life, these contradictions are wreaking havoc. Moreover, the crises are more numerous, more frequent, more generalized. They are becoming normalized. Every sector and every area is about to have its crisis, or is in the middle of it. Increasingly numerous despite claims to the contrary, these multifarious crises would appear to be one of the constituents of modernity. They are becoming an integral part of its consciousness, its image, its self-promotion and self-projection."
— Henri Lefebvre, “What is Modernity?” (1962)
"… poetry, yes, but in life. No return possible to surrealist or preceding poetical writing."
— Guy Debord, letter to Patrick Straram, November 12, 1958