Manifesto of Futurism
- We want to sing the love of danger, the habit of energy and temerity.
- Courage, audacity, rebellion will be essential elements of our poetry.
- Up to now our literature has exalted pensive stillness, ecstasy and sleep. We want to enhance the aggressive movement, the feverish insomnia, the running step, the somersault, the slap and the punch.
- We affirm that the magnificence of the world has been enriched with a new beauty: the beauty of speed. A racing car with its bonnet adorned with large pipes similar to snakes with explosive breath [...] a roaring car, which seems to run on grapeshot, is more beautiful than Victory of Samothrace.
- We want to praise the man who holds the steering wheel, whose ideal shaft crosses the Earth, launched in race, too, on the circuit of its orbit.
- The poet must do his utmost, with ardor, pomp and munificence, to increase the enthusiastic fervor of the primordial elements.
- There is no more beauty, if not in the struggle. No work that has an aggressive character can be a masterpiece. Poetry must be conceived as a violent assault against unknown forces, to reduce them to prostrate themselves before man.
- We are on the far promontory of the centuries! [...] Why should we look back, if we want to break down the mysterious doors of theImpossible? Time and Space died yesterday. We already live in the absolute, as we have already created the everlasting omnipresent speed.
It is from Italy that we launch our manifesto of overwhelming and incendiary violence to the world with which we are today founding "Futurism". [...]
... Standing on top of the world, we hurl our challenge to the stars once more!
"Le Figaro"February 20, 1909
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