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51. "In a brief, surreal moment, she could see the young man he used to be in his smile."
Author: Abby Slovin
52. "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. Anyone who, at least once in his life, has not dreamed of thus putting an end to the petty system of debasement and cretinization in effect has a well-defined place in that crowd with his belly at barrel-level."
Author: André Breton
53. "The purest surrealist act is walking into a crowd with a loaded gun and firing into it randomly"
Author: André Breton
54. "Mud ? They're going to put mud on my face ?""You'll love it.""Whenever the kitties and I played stalk and pounce and we ended up muddy, everyone frowned about it."Surreal grunted softly. Only Jaenelle referred to Jaal and Kaelas, a full-grown tiger and an eight-hundred-pound Arcerian cat, as "the kitties"... or voluntarily played games with them to keep their predatory skills honed."So why is this mud different ?" Jaenelle grumbled.Stretched out on the other table, Surreal turned her head and opened one eye. "It's expensive."
Author: Anne Bishop
55. "Surreal realized Daemon's madness was confined to emotions, to people, to that single tragedy he couldn't face. It was as if Titian had never died, as if Surreal hadn't spent three years whoring in back alleys before Daemon found her again and arranged for a proper education in a Red Moon house. He thought she was still a child, and he continued to fret about Titian's absence. But when she mentioned a book she was reading, he made a dry observation about her eclectic taste and proceeded to tell her about other books that might be of interest. It was the same with music, with art. They posed no threat to him, had no time frame, weren't part of the nightmare of Jaenelle bleeding on that Dark Altar."
Author: Anne Bishop
56. "Franz Schulze's book "Fantastic Images" had a lot of impact on me. Mark Pascale turned me on to that book when I was twenty years old. It was really interesting to see all this art in one place and to have somebody articulate a theory of Chicago art since I already had a real predilection towards Dada and Surrealism. Chicago is just teeming with kooky, whacked-out artists, and I'm one of them in my own sedate way."
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
57. "[Who are the artists you admire, Surrealist or otherwise?]Remedios Varo, Max Ernst, Charlotte Salomon, Goya, Aubrey Beardsley. Beardsley is not so much about the impossible as he is about freaks and deformities, but those are interesting to me too."
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
58. "The whole trial seemed surreal."
Author: Bernhard Goetz
59. "One of the most surreal moments in this election was after the third debate, when I heard a talking head say, Al Gore won on substance, on the issues. But you have to give the victory to Bush because he seems presidential."
Author: Bradley Whitford
60. "My images were surreal simply in the sense that my vision brought out the fantastic dimension of reality. My only aim was to express reality, for there is nothing more surreal than reality itself. If reality fails to fill us with wonder, it is because we have fallen into the habit of seeing it as ordinary."
Author: Brassaï
61. "I'm getting offered roles that aren't designed for aboriginal people; they're designed for anybody. It's pretty surreal and mind-blowing."
Author: Bronson Pelletier
62. "In this movie, you have all the things you love from Tim. All the magic and the whimsy and the surreal, but he also has a fantastic story of a father and son that really gets under your skin."
Author: Danny DeVito
63. "My son got me into 'The Mighty Boosh.' I just love that surrealist humour."
Author: David Morrissey
64. "Like all revolutions, the surrealist revolution was a reversion, a restitution, an expression of vital and indispensable spiritual needs."
Author: Eugene Ionesco
65. "Surreal can be exciting and good, and it can be like living inside an alien landscape, and it can be completely interesting, or you can be alienated from your own life - inside your own life, it doesn't feel familiar any more."
Author: Feist
66. "A perceptive French critic has argued that in an age of deepening illiteracy, when even the educated have only a smattering of classical or theological knowledge, erudition is of itself a kind of fantasy, a surrealistic construct."
Author: George Steiner
67. "Cameras flashed. I turned away and saw spots. It was surreal. That's what people always say to describe moments that are merely unusual. I thought: You have no fucking idea what surreal is. My hangover was really warming up now, my left eye throbbing like a heart."
Author: Gillian Flynn
68. "As an artist, i live in fantasy and flirt with reality. I'm an emotional magician of sorts. I paint my feelings onto the abstract canvas of a waking dream. I suspend my concepts in the ether's of otherworldly realms. This is the way my existence has always been. I am untethered, a traveler between worlds. I sinuously slip in and out of the real and surreal, until, they are one and the same. I do not like being shackled or chained, to the physical plane."
Author: Jaeda DeWalt
69. "I go to Florida sometimes for vacation. I actually really like Florida. It's a weird place, it's surreal. It's so close, but you feel like you're in another world or on an island."
Author: Jemima Kirke
70. "My first celebrity crush was Jonathan Brandis. I even got to talk to him on the phone. I wrote a fan letter, and he answered. Talk about a surreal experience."
Author: Jennifer Armentrout
71. "I know the new comedy god is surrealism, but it doesn't touch my heart."
Author: Jenny Eclair
72. "Surrounded by stories surreal and sublime, I fell in Love in the Library once upon a time."
Author: Jimmy Buffett
73. "When you have a kid, it changes your life. It reminds you, this is my life now: I'm responsible for this tiny person. It's so surreal."
Author: Josh Gad
74. "Things had gone from really weird to I-fell-down-the-rabbit-hole surreal."
Author: Jus Accardo
75. "Winning in women's singles felt surreal. I felt that everything I had done - the hard work, the tough times - was all worth it."
Author: Kristi Yamaguchi
76. "It had to be the most surreal, embarrassing, awkward moment of his life, standing petrified in his mother's backyard in front of a broken lawn mower, sporting a woody and discussing sex for sale with the landlady."
Author: Linda Kage
77. "She read it again. It was fascinating and surreal, like reading a diary that had been hers when she was a teenager, secret and heartfelt words written by a girl she only vaguely remembered. She wished she'd written more. Her words mad her feel sad and proud, powerful and relieved." p 272"
Author: Lisa Genova
78. "As far as the style, I was fascinated by surrealism."
Author: Mark Mothersbaugh
79. "One of the Age of Enlightenment's most hypnotic images is Ledoux's rendering of his neoclassical theater of 1775 - 1784 in Besancon, surreally reflected in the colossal eye of an unidentified cosmic being."
Author: Martin Filler
80. "My interpreter Sayuri is folding a piece of notebook paper. She is at step 21, where the crane's body is inflated. The directions show a tiny puff besides an arrow pointing at the bird. It makes sense if you already know what to do. Otherwise, it's wonderfully surreal: Put a cloud inside a bird."
Author: Mary Roach
81. "Surrealism, then, neither aims to subvert realism, as does the fantastic, nor does it try to transcend it. It looks for different means by which to explore reality itself."
Author: Michael Richardson
82. "We can sum up the surrealist distinction between 'literature' and 'poetry' by saying where the former is artificial, fictive and elusive, the latter is natural, real, direct and spontaneous."
Author: Michael Richardson
83. "A stubborn refusal of the conditions of 20th Century 'reality', surrealism has denied intransigently and consistently that modern man can live without a sense of wonder at the world that was once embodied in myth. In approaching literature, it has aimed at restoring to the word its magical qualities. And at giving back to language the elemental power it once had within society. This determinism lies at the heart of the surrealist attitude and distinguishes it radically from the modernism which took shape contemporaneously with it."
Author: Michael Richardson
84. "Equally, the surrealists consider words as witnesses of life acting in a direct way in human affairs. To use words properly it was necessary to treat them with respect, for they were the intermediaries between oneself and the rest of creation. To abuse them was immediately to set oneself adrift from true being. Words need to be coaxed to reveal a little of their true nature, so as to close the breach that exists between the writer and the universe. The world is not something alien against which man is in conflict. Rather man and cosmos exist in reciprocal motion. We are not cast adrift in an alien or meaningless environment. The universe is intimate with us and, as Breton insisted, it is a cryptogram to be deciphered."
Author: Michael Richardson
85. "It's very hard to say I'm surrealist. It's like saying I'm poetic. It's not something you want necessarily to be aware of."
Author: Michel Gondry
86. "Wherever one encounters members of the human race, they always show the traits of a being that is condemned to surrealistic effort. Whoever goes in search of humans will find acrobats."
Author: Peter Sloterdijk
87. "In a surreal gift from the universe, time both stands still and flies past you in that singular moment when you find out someone you once loved is gone."
Author: Rachel Thompson
88. "Long live transfinite mountains, the hollow earth, time machines, fractal writing, aliens, dada, telepathy, flying saucers, warped space, teleportation, artificial reality, robots, pod people, hylozoism, endless shrinking, intelligent goo, antigravity, surrealism, software highs, two-dimensional time, gnarly computation, the art of photo composition, pleasure zappers, nanomachines, mind viruses, hyperspace, monsters from the deep and, of course, always and forever, the attack of the giant ants!"
Author: Rudy Rucker
89. "I have these surreal moments where I'm like, 'I'm pregnant with Jake Gyllenhaal's baby' and 'I'm telling Robert Pattinson that he smells of sex.' But you're acting, so the focus is on the work."
Author: Sarah Gadon
90. "Before my first child was born, I had nothing going on professionally really, and it's been a very blessed period of creativity for me since he arrived. It's very surreal. It's almost as if the babies are out there pulling strings somewhere, deciding what kind of life they want to be born into."
Author: Seth Gabel
91. "I don't think American family sitcoms are mean. I guess I really love 'Arrested Development.' I guess they are quite mean in that, but that is also a very silly, surreal, absurd show as well, and it has got a heart as well."
Author: Simon Bird
92. "Being recognised on the street in New York is pretty surreal."
Author: Sophie McShera
93. "Great splashes of dried blood, flecked with tiny bits of grayish-white tissue, clotted the wallpaper. It made Danny feel sick. It was like a crazy picture drawn in blood, a surrealistic etching of a man's face drawn back in terror and pain, the mouth yawning and half the head pulverized— (So if you should see something … just look the other way and when you look back, it'll be gone. Are you diggin me?)"
Author: Stephen King
94. "I think it was more personal, but I certainly tried to adapt certain concepts of Surrealism."
Author: Trevor Dunn
95. "I appreciate the 'Surreal Life.' I had a really positive experience on that show, and with those people. I found some love in my heart for religion again, and had the support of a new family of friends. I wouldn't have had the pleasure of meeting those people, if we were not all placed in that fishbowl."
Author: Vince Neil
96. "In the Thirties, when I was in New York, I did the first surrealistic ballet in a show of mine."
Author: Vincente Minnelli
97. "But surrealism is present in most of my pictures."
Author: Vincente Minnelli
98. "Dali was the great painter then and surrealism was a way of life."
Author: Vincente Minnelli
99. "Marina Orlova was hooked on my quote about women not owing men. I scrolled through her posted paintings and recalled a Slovak friend once commenting on a guy wanna-be a great painter, something like this: "Aaano, on bol profesionalnym maljiarom na Slovensku, maloval tam pice a hakove krize po stenach". He meant graffiti, but I hesitate to translate it in detail for it may sound too rough. Another thought is about surreal, sometimes spurious aesthetics mixed with hinted or daring sexuality, which Marina Orlova endorses, deliberately or not, in line of her claimed profession. The posts call to mind The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover or even Titus Andronicus. No wonder, thousands of bozos are attracted to her internet activity because ..., well, the woman is hot."
Author: Vinko Vrbanic
100. "Painting, by its nature, cannot provide an object of simultaneous collective reception... as film is able to do today... And while efforts have been made to present paintings to the masses in galleries and salons, this mode of reception gives the masses no means of organizing and regulating their response. Thus, the same public which reacts progressively to a slapstick comedy inevitably displays a backward attitude toward Surrealism."
Author: Walter Benjamin

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