The mind which plunges into Surrealism, relives with burning excitement the best part of childhood.
ANDRE BRETON, Surrealist Manifesto, 1924
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. The simplest Surrealist act consists of dashing down the street, pistol in hand, and firing blindly, as fast as you can pull the trigger, into the crowd.
ANDRÉ BRETON, Second Manifesto of Surrealism
I am the soul in limbo.
ANDRÉ BRETON, Nadja
Those who might dispute our right to employ the term SURREALISM in the very special sense that we understand it are being extremely dishonest, for there can be no doubt that this word had no currency before we came along. Therefore, I am defining it once and for all: SURREALISM, Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express -- verbally, by means of the written word, or in any other manner -- the actual functioning of thought. Dictated by the thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern.
ANDRÉ BRETON, First Surrealist Manifesto, 1924
How small these rescued tides appear! Earthly delights flow in torrents. Each object offers paradise.
ANDRÉ BRETON, The Magnetic Fields
The imaginary is what tends to become real.
ANDRÉ BRETON, Earthlight
I believe in the future resolution of these two states, dream and reality, which are seemingly so contradictory, into a kind of absolute reality, a surreality, if one may so speak.
ANDRÉ BRETON, Manifestoes of Surrealism