''If I place love above everything, it is because for me it is the most desperate, the most despairing state of affairs imaginable.''
''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.''
''Beauty will be CONVULSIVE or will not be at all.''
''If surrealism ever comes to adopt a particular line of moral conduct, it has only to accept the discipline that Picasso has accepted and will continue to accept.''
''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.''
''Dali is like a man who hesitates between talent and genius, or, as one might once have said, between vice and virtue.''
''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.''
''No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers answering the appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist.''
''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.''
''It is living and ceasing to live that are imaginary solutions. Existence is elsewhere.''
''What one hides is worth neither more nor less than what one finds. And what one hides from oneself is worth neither more nor less than what one allows others to find.''
''In the world we live in ... everything militates in favor of things that have not yet happened, of things that will never happen again.''
''Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, possession.''
''It is impossible for me to envisage a picture as being other than a window, and ... my first concern is then to know what it looks out on.''
''There is nothing with which it is so dangerous to take liberties as liberty itself.''
''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.''