Salvador Dalí Quotes

Who is Salvador Dalí?

Salvador Dalí was a Spanish painter and artist and was one of the most famous surrealists.

Born May 11, 1904
Died January 23, 1989

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“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.”

“An elegant woman is a woman who despises you and has no hair under her arms.”

“At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.”

“Beauty should be edible, or not at all.”

“Begin by learning to draw and paint like the old masters. After that, you can do as you like; everyone will respect you.”

“Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali.”

“Everyone should eat hashish, but only once.”

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“Give me two hours a day of activity, and I’ll take the other twenty-two in dreams.”

“Happy is he who causes a scandal.”

“Have no fear of perfection - you’ll never reach it.”

“I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.”

“I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.”

“I want to perceive and understand the hidden powers and laws of things, in order to have them in my power.”

“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”

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“It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself.”

“It’s better to have loved and lost than do forty pounds of laundry a week.”

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“I am quite aware of the chance that I have or will have AIDS. The odds are very great and, in fact, the symptoms already exist. My friends are dropping like flies and I know in my heart that it is only divine intervention that has kept me alive this long. I don’t know if I have five months or five years, but I know my days are numbered.

This is why my activities and projects are so important now. To do as much as possible as quickly as possible. I’m sure that what will live on after I die is important enough to make sacrifices of my personal luxury and leisure time. Work is all I have and art is more important than life.”

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“Let my enemies devour each other.”

“Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.”

“No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist.”

“One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.”

“People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings.”

“Since I don’t smoke, I decided to grow a mustache – it is better for the health. However, I always carried a jewel-studded cigarette case in which, instead of tobacco, were carefully placed several mustaches, Adolphe Menjou style. I offered them politely to my friends: “Mustache? Mustache? Mustache?” Nobody dared to touch them. This was my test regarding the sacred aspect of mustaches.”

“So little of what could happen does happen.”

“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”

“The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.”

“The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.”

“The one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.”

“The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.”

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“The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.”

“There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.”

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