51. “For me, the single word “God” suggests everything that is slippery, shady, squalid, foul, and grotesque.”
— André Breton
52. “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.”
53. “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.”
54. “When will the arbitrary be granted the place it deserves in the formation of works and ideas?”
55. “It is more or less a given that nothing is less favorable to clairvoyance than the bright sun: physical light and mental light coexist on very poor terms.”
56. “It will in the end, be admitted that everything, in effect is an image and that the least object which has no symbolic role assigned to it is capable of standing for absolutely anything.”
57. “Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, possession.”
58. “There is nothing with which it is so dangerous to take liberties as liberty itself.”
59. “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.”
60. “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.”
61. “How small these rescued tides appear! Earthly delights flow in torrents. Each object offers paradise.”
62. “It is hard not to see into the future, faced with today’s blind architecture – a thousand times more stupid and more revolting than that of other ages. How bored we shall be inside!”
63. “One can understand why Surrealism was not afraid to make for itself a tenet of total revolt, complete insubordination, of sabotage according to rule, and why it still expects nothing save from violence.”
64. “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.”
65. “In the world we live in everything militates in favor of things that have not yet happened, of things that will never happen again.”
66. “They rarely discovered a star red as a distant crime or a star-fish.”
67. “Let us not mince words... the marvelous is always beautiful, anything marvelous is beautiful, in fact only the marvelous is beautiful.”
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