Quotations From ANDRÉ BRETON


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  • There is nothing with which it is so dangerous to take liberties as liberty itself.
    André Breton (1896-1966), French surrealist. Surrealism and Painting (1928).
  • If I place love above everything, it is because for me it is the most desperate, the most despairing state of affairs imaginable.
    André Breton (1896-1966), French Surrealist. Taped discussions, March 3, 1928, published in Recherches sur la Sexualité, January 1928-August 1932. "Sixth Session," ed. José Pierre (1990).

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  • Beauty will be CONVULSIVE or will not be at all.
    André Breton (1896-1966), French surrealist. Nadja (1928).

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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.
    André Breton (1896-1966), French surrealist. repr. In Manifestos of Surrealism (1969). "Second Manifesto of Surrealism," (1930).

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  • Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, possession.
    André Breton (1896-1966), French surrealist. Mad Love, ch. 3 (1937, trans. 1987).
  • It is impossible for me to envisage a picture as being other than a window, and ... my first concern is then to know what it looks out on.
    André Breton (1896-1966), French surrealist. Surrealism and Painting (1928).
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