Surrealism Quotes

Jyrki Vainonen

Dive again and again into the river of uncertainty. Create in the dark, only then can you recognize the light.

Arthur Holitscher

I spoke fire, laughed smoke, and madness spilled forth from my inspiration.

Pierre Janet

Martial (the main character of LOCUS SOLUS) has a very interesting conception of literary beauty: the work must contain nothing real, no observations about the world or the mind, nothing but completely imaginary constructions. These are in themselves ideas from an extrahuman world.

André Breton

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.

René Daumal

This place has only three exits, sir: Madness, and Death.

André Breton

We all love conflagrations. When the sky changes color, it is a dead man's passing.

Saşa Pană

Cine n-ar dori să moară visând că moare?

John Bennett

[On Jason Mashak's “I Was Trained to See Shadows”, in his poetry book SALTY AS A LIP:] A nice bit of smooth, full-bodied, surreal story telling. I like it.

Robert Desnos

Oh,' said a very white body as it threw a wrist watch to the ground which broke without attracting anyone's attention, 'Oh, how can anyone not love poetry, natural machines, large white houses, the brilliance of steel, crimes and wild passions?

Michael Richardson

We can sum up the surrealist distinction between 'literature' and 'poetry' by saying where the former is artificial, fictive and elusive, the latter is natural, real, direct and spontaneous.

Saşa Pană

Ai pus nitroglicerină sub perna lui dumnezeu ...


Just like an apple tree apples and the earth peoples, Alan Watts alans prickly-goos and gooey-prickles.

Souhayl Guesmi

المادة المظلمة هي السعادة، وتوجد بنسبة ثابتة ومحدودة فالعالم. تتوزع على كل الكائنات ال%

Dave McKean

Oh, sheep. I've lost all my sobbing colours.

Jason Daniel Chaplin

Fighting for freedom” is a myth. There’s only freedom in uniting. You’re not really free with an, “Us vs Them” mentality; because you are constantly defending yourself. And in fighting, there’s no time for freedom.

André Breton

What is admirable about the fantastic is that there is no longer anything fantastic: there is only the real.

Michael Richardson

Surrealism, then, neither aims to subvert realism, as does the fantastic, nor does it try to transcend it. It looks for different means by which to explore reality itself.

Michael Richardson

The shifting sands of the world... show how much the surrealists were drawn towards an interrogation of what reality actually is. Unlike fabulists of whatever hue, there is a materiality in surrealist writing that resolutely keeps it, one might say, 'down to earth'.

Michael Richardson

Refusing what Adorno called that 'comfort in the uncomfortable' taken by the fantastic, surrealism seeks to reintegrate man into the universe.

Laura K. Cowan

We write the earth we stand upon.

André Breton

The imaginary is what tends to become real.

André Breton

The lamentable expression: 'But it was only a dream", the increasing use of which - among others in the domain of the cinema - has contributed not a little to encourage such hypocrisy, has for a long while ceased to merit discussion.

André Breton

Nothing that surrounds us is object, all is subject.

Michael Richardson

Surrealism also refuses the representation of reality: reality can only be; its existence proves its reality. Fiction thereby becomes impossible or is, by definition, false.

Salvador Dalí

People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings.

Marcel Duchamp

I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.

Joan Miró

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.

Marcel Duchamp

Possible reality [is obtained] by slightly bending physical and chemical laws.

Salvador Dalí

The one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.

Floriano Martins

A constant human error: to believe in an end to one's fantasies. Our daydreams are the measure of our unreachable truth. The secret of all things lies in the emptiness of the formula that guard them.

Hans Carl Artmann

Several people toss and turn in their sleep, startled by the lines of the newspapers in their dreams, knives out, lights out, lights out, knives out!

Ryan Lilly

I had a dream about you painting the scene of a house fire. The clocks were melting and Salvador Dali was riding around in a clown car muttering something about irony.

André Breton

I am the soul in limbo.

Sylvia Plath

I moved in front of the medicine cabinet. If I looked in the mirror while I did it, it would be like watching somebody else, in a book or a play.

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