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    Dali is like a man who hesitates between talent and genius, or, as one might once have said, between vice and virtue.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: men  talent  virtue  genius 
     
    No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers answering the appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: rules  example 
     
    Trust in the inexhaustible character of the murmur.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: character  trust 
     
    Words make love with one another.
    — Andre Breton
    It is living and ceasing to live that are imaginary solutions. Existence is elsewhere.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: living  live  existence 
     
    At the outset, it is only liking, not understanding, that matters. Gaps in understanding ... are not only important, they are perhaps even welcome, like clearings in the woods, the better to allow the heart's rays to stream out without obstacle. The unlit shadows should remain obscure, which is the very condition of enchantment.
    — Andre Breton
    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.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: death  future  past  believe  real  mind 
     
    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.
    — Andre Breton
    To speak of God, to think of God, is in every respect to show what one is made of. I have always wagered against God and I regard the little that I have won in this world as simply the outcome of this bet. However paltry may have been the stake (my life) I am conscious of having won to the full. Everything that is doddering, squint-eyed, vile, polluted and grotesque is summoned up for me in that one word: God!
    — Andre Breton
    tags: world  conscious  respect  god 
     
    The invention of photography has dealt a mortal blow to the old modes of expression, in painting as well as in poetry, where automatic writing, which appeared at the end of the nineteenth century, is a true photography of thought. Since a blind instrument now assured artists of achieving the aim they had set themselves up to that time, they now aspired, not without recklessness, to break with the imitation of appearances.
    — Andre Breton
    Words have finished flirting. Now they are making love.
    — Andre Breton
    The mind which plunges into Surrealism, relives with burning excitement the best part of childhood.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: mind  childhood 
     
    It was in the black mirror of anarchism that surrealism first recognised itself.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: black 
     
    All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: heart 
     
    There is no use being alive if one must work. The event from which each of us is entitled to expect the revelation of his own life's meaning - that event which I may not yet have found, but on whose path I seek myself - is not earned by work.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: work  meaning  path 
     
    The simplest act of surrealism is to walk out into the street, gun in hand, and shoot at random.
    — Andre Breton
    The art of Frida Kahlo is a ribbon around a bomb.
    — Andre Breton
    The imaginary is what tends to become real.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: real 
     
    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.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: men  memory  dreams 
     
    Surrealism is based on the belief in the omnipotence of dreams, in the undirected play of thought.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: belief  thoughts  dreams 
     
    My wish is that you may be loved to the point of madness.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: madness  wishes 
     
    Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express - verbally, by means of the written word, or in any other manner - the actual functioning of thought. Dictated by the thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: thoughts  control  morals 
     
    Every time you date someone with an issue that you have to work to ignore, you're settling.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: time  work 
     
    Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.
    — Andre Breton
    The important thing is that man is lost in time, in the moment that immediately precedes him - which only attests, by reflection, to the fact that he is lost in the moment that follows
    — Andre Breton
    tags: time  men  reflection  moment  lost  facts 
     
    Surrealism is based on the belief in the superior reality of certain forms of previously neglected associations, in the omnipotence of dreams, in the disinterested play of thought. It tends to ruin once and for all other psychic mechanisms and to substitute itself for them in solving all the principle problems of life.
    — Andre Breton
    When will the arbitrary be granted the place it deserves in the formation of works and ideas?
    — Andre Breton
    tags: work 
     
    Surrealism does not allow those who devote themselves to it to forsake it whenever they like. There is every reason to believe that it acts on the mind very much as drugs do; like drugs, it creates a certain state of need and can push man to frightful revolts.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: men  believe  drugs  mind 
     
    It is impossible for me to envisage a picture as being other than a window, and why my first concern is then to know what it looks out on.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: impossible 
     
    Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: nature  wise  writing 
     
    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.
    — Andre Breton
    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.
    — Andre Breton
    The pure playfulness of certain wholly whimsical portions of (Charles) Cros's work should not obscure the fact that at the center of some of his most beautiful poems a revolver is leveled straight at us.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: work  beautiful  facts  poem 
     
    At the word witch, we imagine the horrible old crones from Macbeth. But the cruel trials witches suffered teach us the opposite. Many perished precisely because they were young and beautiful.
    — Andre Breton
    Keep reminding yourself that literature is one of the saddest roads that leads to everything.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: literature 
     
    The mind, placed before any kind of difficulty, can find an ideal outlet in the absurd. Accommodation to the absurd readmits adults to the mysterious realm inhabited by children.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: children  adult  child  mind  absurd 
     
    The purest surrealist act is walking into a crowd with a loaded gun and firing into it randomly
    — Andre Breton
    There is nothing with which it is so dangerous to take liberties as liberty itself.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: liberty  dangerous 
     
    I believe in the pure Surrealist joy of the man who, forewarned that all others before him have failed, refused to admit defeat, sets off from watever point he chooses, along any other pat save a reasonable one, and arrives wherever he can.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: men  joy  believe 
     
    We all love conflagrations. When the sky changes color, it is a dead man's passing.
    — Andre Breton
    tags: sky 
     
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    andre breton
    Birth    : February 19, 1896
    Death  : September 28, 1966
    Occupation  : Writer