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Jacques Lacan
Born (1901-04-13)13 April 1901
Paris, France
Died 9 September 1981(1981-09-09) (aged 80)
Paris, France
Education Collège Stanislas
(1907–1918)
Alma mater University of Paris
(certificate of specialist in legal medicine, 1931;[1] M.D., 1932)
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Psychoanalysis
Structuralism
Post-structuralism[2]
Institutions University of Paris VIII
Main interests
Psychoanalysis
Notable ideas
Mirror phase
The Real
The Symbolic
The Imaginary
Graph of desire

The narration, in fact, doubles the drama with a commentary without which no mise en scene would be possible.
Jacques Lacan
What could be more convincing, moreover, than the gesture of laying one's cards face up on the table?
Jacques Lacan
The knowledge that there is a part of the psychic functions that are out of conscious reach, we did not need to wait for Freud to know this!
Jacques Lacan
Since Freud, the center of man is not where we thought it was; one has to go on from there.
Jacques Lacan
We emphasize that such a form of communication is not absent in man, however evanescent a naturally given object may be for him, split as it is in its submission to symbols.
Jacques Lacan
Writings scatter to the winds blank checks in an insane charge. And were they not such flying leaves, there would be no purloined letters.
Jacques Lacan
Which is why we cannot say of the purloined letter that, like other objects, it must be or not be in a particular place but that unlike them it will be and not be where it is, wherever it goes.
Jacques Lacan
Aside from that reservation, a fictive tale even has the advantage of manifesting symbolic necessity more purely to the extent that we may believe its conception arbitrary.
Jacques Lacan
As is known, it is in the realm of experience inaugurated by psychoanalysis that we may grasp along what imaginary lines the human organism, in the most intimate recesses of its being, manifests its capture in a symbolic dimension.
Jacques Lacan
Symptoms, those you believe you recognize, seem to you irrational because you take them in an isolated manner, and you want to interpret them directly.
Jacques Lacan
Obsessional does not necessarily mean sexual obsession, not even obsession for this, or for that in particular; to be an obsessional means to find oneself caught in a mechanism, in a trap increasingly demanding and endless.
Jacques Lacan
For the signifier is a unit in its very uniqueness, being by nature symbol only of an absence.
Jacques Lacan
Psychoanalysis is a terribly efficient instrument, and because it is more and more a prestigious instrument, we run the risk of using it with a purpose for which it was not made for, and in this way we may degrade it.
Jacques Lacan
Yet, analytical truth is not as mysterious, or as secret, so as to not allow us to see that people with a talent for directing consciences see truth rise spontaneously.
Jacques Lacan
What does it matter how many lovers you have if none of them gives you the universe?
Jacques Lacan
In other words, the man who is born into existence deals first with language; this is a given. He is even caught in it before his birth.
Jacques Lacan
The Mirror Stage as formative in the function of the I as revealed in psychoanalytic experience.
Jacques Lacan
But this emphasis would be lavished in vain, if it served, in your opinion, only to abstract a general type from phenomena whose particularity in our work would remain the essential thing for you, and whose original arrangement could be broken up only artificially.
Jacques Lacan
A geometry implies the heterogeneity of locus, namely that there is a locus of the Other. Regarding this locus of the Other, of one sex as Other, as absolute Other, what does the most recent development in topology allow us to posit?
Jacques Lacan