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"For twenty-seven years we futurists have rebelled against the branding of war as anti-aesthetic... accordingly we state war is beautiful because it establishes mans dominion over the subjugated machinery by means of gas-masks, terrifying megaphones, flame throwers, and small tanks. War is beautiful because it initiates the dreamt-of metallization of the human body. War is beautiful because it enriches a flowering meadow with the fiery orchids of machine guns. War is beautiful because it combines the gunfire, the cannonades, the cease-fire, the scents, and the stench of purification into a symphony. War is beautiful because it creates a new architecture, like that of the big tanks, the geometrical formation flights, the smoke spirals from burning villages, and many others....poets and artists of futurism! Remember these principals of an aesthetic of war so that your struggle for a new literature and a new graphic art...may be illuminated by them."


" If there is a battle and I believe that there is, always has been, and that's what has made Van Goghs and Mahlers as well as "Dizzy" Gillespies and Charlie Parkers, then please be careful of your leaders. For there are many in your ranks who would rather be president of general motors than burn down the Shell oil station around the corner. But, since they can't have one, they take the other. These are the human rats of the centuries who have kept us where we are. This is Debcek coming back from Russia, a half man, afraid of psychic death. A man must finally learn that it is better to die with his balls slowly cut off than to live any other way. Foolish? No more foolish than the greatest miracle. But if you are caught in the trap always understand what it is that you're trading for exactly."


" A written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal, than any other work of art."


" A man leaving church, ... a woman getting out of the bath....the first with his soul full of hope."