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André Breton

Birthdate: 19. February 1896
Date of death: 28. September 1966

André Breton was a French writer, poet, and anti-fascist. He is known best as the founder of Surrealism. His writings include the first Surrealist Manifesto of 1924, in which he defined surrealism as "pure psychic automatism".

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„All my life my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.” andre breton“

—  André Breton

Variant: All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.
Source: Mad Love

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„Beauty will be CONVULSIVE or not at all.“

—  André Breton, book Nadja

1920's
Source: Quote from Breton's novel Nadja (1928), final sentence

„Keep reminding yourself that literature is one of the saddest roads that leads to everything.“

—  André Breton

Context: After you have settled yourself in a place as favorable as possible to the concentration of your mind upon itself, have writing materials brought to you. Put yourself in as passive, or receptive, a state of mind as you can. Forget about your genius, your talents, and the talents of everyone else. Keep reminding yourself that literature is one of the saddest roads that lead to everything. Write quickly, without any preconceived subject, fast enough so that you will not remember what you're writing and be tempted to reread what you have written. The first sentence will come spontaneously, so compelling is the truth that with every passing second there is a sentence unknown to our consciousness which is only crying out to be heard.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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