"6. After searching for entire nights without knowing it, beyond sleep, beyond exhaustion, having traveled forests of lucid insomnia, you will reach a great deserted clearing where, holding your breath, your ear against the ground, you can hear the very heartbeat of silence. Then, as you rise, you will realize that you are surrounded by fairies."
In 1940 Belgian Surrealist Fernand Dumont wrote "Treatise on Fairies" for his daughter -- a small pamphlet of 20 numbered sections on various aspects of Fairies--some quite quirky and others lovely like the section above. You can read more about Dumont's Treaties of Fairies in a brief article by Edward Gauvin at 50Watts -- and see more of Dorothy Lathrop's gorgeous fairy illustrations.
**Art: Dorothy Lathrop, illus. for Down-Adown-Derry by de la Mare, 1922 (Via 50Watts)