“There is no language in itself, nor are there any linguistic universals, only a throng of dialects, patois, viperslangs, and specialized languages. There is no ideal speaker-listener, any more than there is a homogeneous linguistic community. Language is, in Weinreich’s words, “an essentially heterogeneous reality.” There is no mother tongue, only a power takeover by a dominant language within political multiplicity. Language stabilizes around a parish, a bishopric, a capital. It forms a bulb. It evolves by subterranean stems and flows, along river valleys or train tracks; it spreads like a patch of oil.” — 

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

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“Forming grammatically correct sentences is for the normal individual the prerequisite for any submission to social laws. No one is supposed to be ignorant of grammaticality; those who are belong in special institutions. The unity of language is fundamentally political.” — Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus


“The desert is populous. Thus the body without organs is opposed less to organs as such than to the organization of the organs insofar as it composes an organism. The body without organs is not a dead body but a living body all the more alive and teeming once it has blown apart the organism and its organization. Lice hopping on the beach. Skin colonies. The full body without organs is a body populated by multiplicities.” — Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus


“Every consciousness pursues its own death, every love-passion its own end, attracted by a black hole, and all the black holes resonate together.” — Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus


“The self is only a threshold, a door, a becoming between two multiplicities.” — 

Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus, Capitalism and Schizophrenia

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