1. 10

    Surrealism in painting amounted to little more than the contents of a meagerly stocked dream world: a few witty fantasies, mostly wet dreams and agoraphobic nightmares.

    54
  2. 9

    For those who live neither with religious consolations about death nor with a sense of death (or of anything else) as natural, death is the obscene mystery, the ultimate affront, the thing that cannot be controlled. It can only be denied.

    57
  3. 8

    I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list.

    61
  4. 7

    It seems positively unnatural to travel without taking a camera along... The very activity of taking pictures is soothing and assuages general feelings of disorientation that are likely to be exacerbated by travel.

    64
  5. 6

    We live under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror. It is fantasy, served out in large rations by the popular arts, which allows most people to cope with these twin specters.

    68
  6. 5

    What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.

    72
  7. 4

    A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning.

    82
  8. 3

    The taste for quotations (and for the juxtaposition of incongruous quotations) is a Surrealist taste.

    83
  9. 2

    A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it.

    86
  10. 1

    Sanity is a cozy lie.

    88
  11. Last Update: 6 February 2023

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