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by Tristan Tzara / Samantha du Raeno
7th January 2007

I sleep very late. I commit suicide at 65%. My life is very cheap, it’s only 30% of life for me. My life has 30% of life. It lacks arms, strings and a few buttons. 5% is devoted to a state of semi-lucid stupor accompanied by anaemic crackling. This 5% is called DADA. So life is cheap. Death is a bit more expensive. But life is charming and death is equally charming. A few days ago I was at a meeting of imbeciles. There were a lot of people there. Everyone was charming. Tristan Tzara, a small, absurd and insignificant individual was giving a lecture on the art of becoming charming. He was charming, at that. Everyone is charming. And witty. It’s delightful, isn’t it? Everyone is delightful, at that. 9 degrees below zero. It’s charming, isn’t it? No, it isn’t charming. God isn’t up to it. He isn’t even in the directory. But even so he’s charming.

Ambassadors, poets, counts, princes, musicians, journalists, actors, writers, diplomats, directors, dressmakers, socialists, princesses and baronesses are charming.

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See also How I Became Charming, Likeable And Delightful by Tristan Tzara, 1920

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