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  • “What we call Dada is a piece of tomfoolery from the void, in which all the lofty questions have become involved . . .”—Hugo Ball
  • “We do not wish to imitate nature, we do not wish to reproduce. We want to produce. We want to produce the way a plant produces its fruit, not depict. We want to produce directly, not indirectly. Since there is not a trace of abstraction in this art we call it concrete art.”—Hans Arp
  • “Dada . . . wants over and over again movement: it sees peace only in dynamism.”—Raoul Hausmann
  • “I wish to blur the firm boundaries which we self-certain people tend to delineate around all we can achieve.”—Hannah Hoch
  • “Invest your money in Dada! Dada is the only savings bank that pays interest in the hereafter!”—Kurt Schwitters
  • “Art has nothing to do with taste. Art is not there to be tasted.”—Max Ernst
  • “I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste."—Marcel Duchamp
  • “Dada talks with you, it is everything, it includes everything, it belongs to all religions, can be neither victory nor defeat, it lives in space and not in time.”—Francis Picabia
  • “It’s not Dada that is nonsense—but the essence of our age that is nonsense.”—The Dadaists
  • “What is generally termed reality is, to be precise, a frothy nothing.”—Hugo Ball
  • "Dada is the sun, Dada is the egg. Dada is the Police of the Police."—Richard Huelsenbeck
  • “Leave everything. Leave Dada. Leave your wife. Leave your mistress. Leave your hopes and fears. Leave your children in the woods. Leave the substance for the shadow. Leave your easy life, leave what you are given for the future. Set off on the roads.”—Andre Breton