Slavoj Zizek: My eternal fear is that if, for a brief moment, I stopped talking... you know, the whole spectacular appearance would disintegrate; people would think there is nobody and nothing there. This is my fear, as if I am nothing who pretends all the time to be somebody and has to be hyperactive all the time... just to fascinate people enough so that they don't notice that there is nothing.
Slavoj Zizek: I have a very complicated ritual about writing. It's psychologically impossible for me to sit down
[and just write]
Slavoj Zizek: , so I have to trick myself. I operate a very simple strategy which, at least with me, it works. I put down ideas. But I put them down usually in a very elaborate way. A line of thought and then in full sentences and so on. So up to a certain point I am telling myself: "No, I'm not yet writing. I'm just putting down ideas". Then at a certain point I tell myself: "Everything is already there, now I just have to edit".
Slavoj Zizek: Philosophy does not solve problems. The duty of philosophy is not to solve problems, but to ratify problems.
Slavoj Zizek: I don't think that philosophers ever provided answers, but I think this was the greatness of philosophy.
Slavoj Zizek: I went to wash my hair... and then the woman hairdresser approached and she told me: "Why don't I give you a massage with some oil?" I enjoyed it but I felt so obscene, as if I'd payed for masturbation.
Slavoj Zizek: I'm a total enlightenment person. I believe in clear statements and so on.
Slavoj Zizek: [speaking about vegetarians] Degenerates. Degenerates. You will turn into monkeys.
Slavoj Zizek: [speaking about his picture in the newspaper] If you were to have a daughter, would you allow this guy to take your daughter to cinema? Be honest, the answer is 'no'. I hate the way I appear... in some documents it's even worse. It's really as a kind of a criminal that I appear you know.