“It is conventional to call ''monster'' any blending of dissonant elements. I call ''monster'' every original inexhaustible beauty.”
- Alfred Jarry
"Human existence being an hallucination containing in itself the secondary hallucinations of day and night (the latter an insanitary condition of the atmosphere due to accretions of black air) it ill becomes any man of sense to be concerned at the illusory approach of the supreme hallucination known as death."
- de Selby
"To pretend that one can explain pataphysics by methods that are not pataphysical, is a little, even greatly, pataphysical."
"I am interested in ideas, not merely in visual products."
"You can deny, if you like, nearly all abstractions: justice, beauty, truth, god, mind... but not play... The play concept as such is of higher order than seriousness. For seriousness seeks to exclude play, whereas play can very well include seriousness."
"The principle of laughter and the carnival spirit on which the grotesque is based destroys this limited seriousness and all pretense of an extratemporal meaning and unconditional value of necessity. It frees human consciousness, thought, and imagination for new potentialities. For this reason, great changes, even in the field of science, are always preceded by a certain carnival consciousness that prepares the way."
"For me, imagination is everything."
"An intellectual? Me? No! I prefer to think of myself as a pseudointellectual, keenly aware and engaged in my own pseudo-intellectuality."
-Daren Elsa Nibelly
Pataphysics is simply an awareness that everything, including our very selves - is what we pretend it to be.
"Everyone is entrapped in his/her own intelligence. You cannot step outside your castle of knowledge to conclude that it is hanging in mid-air. It is only through jokes, paradoxes, absurdities, nonsense that you reach the limits of thinking and get a glimpse of the monster that is lurking – not on the outside, but in the heart of the matter."
-Matthijs van Boxsel
"The role of the artist is to create an anti-environment as a means of perception and adjustment."
"We have art so we shall not die of reality."
“I need you, dear reader, to imagine us, for we don't really exist if you don't.”
"Hearasay in paradox lust!"