50 Total Quotes

Andre Breton Quotes

The man that cannot visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot
Andre Breton
#Man

It is living and ceasing to live that are imaginary solutions. Existence is elsewhere.
Andre Breton
#French Poet #Existence

Words make love with one another.
Andre Breton
#French Poet #Love

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
#French Poet #Illusion

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
#French Poet

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
#Imagination

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
#French Poet #Death

No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers answering the appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist.
Andre Breton
#French Poet #Life

Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.
Andre Breton
#French Poet

If I place love above everything, it is because for me it is the most desperate, the most despairing state of affairs imaginable.
Andre Breton
#French Poet

Everything that is doddering, squint-eyed, infamous, sullying, and grotesque is contained for me in this single word: God
Andre Breton
#God

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.
Andre Breton
#Arts And Artists #Art

Leave everything. Leave Dada. Leave your wife. Leave your mistress. Leave your hopes and fears. Leave your children in the woods. Leave the substance for the shadow. Leave your easy life, leave what you are given for the future. Set off on the roads.
Andre Breton
#Children #Escapism

Beauty will be convulsive or will not be at all.
Andre Breton
#French Poet #Beauty

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
#God

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.
Andre Breton
#French Poet #Life

Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.
Andre Breton
#French Poet #Love #Quote of the Day #Valentine's Day

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.
Andre Breton
#Awareness