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Quotations by author » Andre Breton
French Poet, Critic, Editor and co-Founder of surrealism, 1896-1966
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All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.
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Beauty will be convulsive or will not be at all.
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Everything tends to make us believe that there exists a certain point of the mind at which life and death, the real and the imagined, past and future, the communicable and the incommunicable, high and low, cease to be perceived as contradictions.
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Everything that is doddering, squint-eyed, infamous, sullying, and grotesque is contained for me in this single word: God
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I have always been amazed at the way an ordinary observer lends so much more credence and attaches so much more importance to waking events than to those occurring in dreams... Man... is above all the plaything of his memory.
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If I place love above everything, it is because for me it is the most desperate, the most despairing state of affairs imaginable.
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In the world we live in everything militates in favor of things that have not yet happened, of things that will never happen again.
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It is living and ceasing to live that are imaginary solutions. Existence is elsewhere.
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Leave everything. Leave Dada. Leave your wife. Leave your mistress. Leave your hopes and fears. Leave your children in the woods. Leave the substance for the shadow. Leave your easy life, leave what you are given for the future. Set off on the roads.
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Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.
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No one who has lived even for a fleeting moment for something other than life in its conventional sense and has experienced the exaltation that this feeling produces can then renounce his new freedom so easily.
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No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers answering the appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist.
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Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, possession.
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Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.
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Perhaps I am doomed to retrace my steps under the illusion that I am exploring, doomed to try and learn what I should simply recognize, learning a mere fraction of what I have forgotten.
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The approval of the public is to be avoided like the plague. It is absolutely essential to keep the public from entering if one wishes to avoid confusion. I must add that the public must be kept panting in expectation at the gate by a system of challenges and provocations.
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The man that cannot visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot
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The work of art, just like any fragment of human life considered in its deepest meaning, seems to me devoid of value if it does not offer the hardness, the rigidity, the regularity, the luster on every interior and exterior facet, of the crystal.
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There is nothing with which it is so dangerous to take liberties as liberty itself.
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To reduce the imagination to a state of slavery -even though it would mean the elimination of what is commonly called happiness -is to betray all sense of absolute justice within oneself. Imagination alone offers me some intimation of what can be.
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