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Quotations From ANDRÉ BRETON

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  • 1.
    No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers answering the appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist.
    André Breton (1896-1966), French Surrealist. Surrealism and Painting (1928).

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  • 2.
    If surrealism ever comes to adopt a particular line of moral conduct, it has only to accept the discipline that Picasso has accepted and will continue to accept.
    André Breton (1896-1966), French surrealist. Surrealism and Painting (1928).
  • 3.
    In the world we live in ... everything militates in favor of things that have not yet happened, of things that will never happen again.
    André Breton (1896-1966), French Surrealist. Surrealism and Painting (1928).

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  • 4.
    To see, to hear, means nothing. To recognize (or not to recognize) means everything. Between what I do recognize and what I do not recognize there stands myself. And what I do not recognize I shall continue not to recognize.
    André Breton (1896-1966), French surrealist. Surrealism and Painting (1928).
  • 5.
    Dali is like a man who hesitates between talent and genius, or, as one might once have said, between vice and virtue.
    André Breton (1896-1966), French surrealist. repr. in What Is Surrealism? Selected Writings, ed. Franklin Rosemont (1978). The First Dali Exhibition, Preface (Nov. 1929).
  • 6.
    It is living and ceasing to live that are imaginary solutions. Existence is elsewhere.
    André Breton (1896-1966), French Surrealist. repr. In Manifestoes of Surrealism (1969). Manifesto of Surrealism (1924).
  • 7.
    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.
    André Breton (1896-1966), French surrealist. Mad Love, ch. 1 (1937, trans. 1987).

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  • 8.
    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.
    André Breton (1896-1966), French surrealist. Nadja (1928).
  • 9.
    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.
    André Breton (1896-1966), French Surrealist. Surrealism and Painting (1928).

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  • 10.
    What one hides is worth neither more nor less than what one finds. And what one hides from oneself is worth neither more nor less than what one allows others to find.
    André Breton (1896-1966), French surrealist. Surrealism and Painting (1928).
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