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.
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.
I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list.
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.
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.
What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.
A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning.
The taste for quotations (and for the juxtaposition of incongruous quotations) is a Surrealist taste.
A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it.
Sanity is a cozy lie.
Last Update: 6 February 2023
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