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Quotes by Salvador Dali

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Wikipedia Summary for Salvador Dali

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marquess of Dalí de Púbol (Catalan: [səlβəˈðo ðəˈli]; Spanish: [salβaˈðoɾ ðaˈli]; 11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989) was a Spanish surrealist artist renowned for his technical skill, precise draftsmanship, and the striking and bizarre images in his work.

Born in Figueres, Catalonia, Dalí received his formal education in fine arts in Madrid. Influenced by Impressionism and the Renaissance masters from a young age, he became increasingly attracted to Cubism and avant-garde movements. He moved closer to Surrealism in the late 1920s and joined the Surrealist group in 1929, soon becoming one of its leading exponents. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in August 1931, and is one of the most famous Surrealist paintings. Dalí lived in France throughout the Spanish Civil War (1936 to 1939) before leaving for the United States in 1940 where he achieved commercial success. He returned to Spain in 1948 where he announced his return to the Catholic faith and developed his "nuclear mysticism" style, based on his interest in classicism, mysticism and recent scientific developments.

Dalí's artistic repertoire included painting, graphic arts, film, sculpture, design and photography, at times in collaboration with other artists. He also wrote fiction, poetry, autobiography, essays and criticism. Major themes in his work include dreams, the subconscious, sexuality, religion, science and his closest personal relationships. To the dismay of those who held his work in high regard, and to the irritation of his critics, his eccentric and ostentatious public behavior often drew more attention than his artwork. His public support for the Francoist regime, his commercial activities and the quality and authenticity of some of his late works have also been controversial. His life and work were an important influence on other Surrealists, pop art and contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst.

There are two major museums devoted to Salvador Dalí's work: the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Spain, and the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.


Quote: So little of what could happen does happen. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of person submerged on body of water holding sparkler
Photo Credit: Kristopher Roller

So little of what could happen does happen.


Quote: If you understand a painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of white clouds and blue sky
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bezanger

If you understand a painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it.


Quote: Knowing how to look is a way of inventing. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
Photo Credit: Bench Accounting

Knowing how to look is a way of inventing.


Quote: The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of yellow and white balloons on orange surface
Photo Credit: Milad Fakurian

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


Quote: Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of outer space
Photo Credit: NASA

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.


Quote: Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it.


Quote: Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

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


Quote: Do not strive to be a modern artist: it's the one thing, unfortunately, you can't help being. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Do not strive to be a modern artist: it's the one thing, unfortunately, you can't help being.


Quote: Dali was Renaissance man converted to psychoanalysis. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Dali was Renaissance man converted to psychoanalysis.


Quote: Photographic fantasy: more agile and faster in discoveries than murky subconscious processes! by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Photographic fantasy: more agile and faster in discoveries than murky subconscious processes!


Quote: And now the announcement of Watson and Crick about DNA. This is for me the real proof of the existence of God. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

And now the announcement of Watson and Crick about DNA. This is for me the real proof of the existence of God.


Quote: The daily life of a genius, his sleep, his digestion, he ecstasies, his nails, his colds, his blood, his life and death are essentially different from the rest of mankind. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

The daily life of a genius, his sleep, his digestion, he ecstasies, his nails, his colds, his blood, his life and death are essentially different from the rest of mankind.


Quote: Picasso is a communist. Neither am I. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Picasso is a communist. Neither am I.


Quote: Just as I am astonished that a bank clerk never eats a cheque, so too am I astonished that no painter before me ever thought of painting a soft watch. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Just as I am astonished that a bank clerk never eats a cheque, so too am I astonished that no painter before me ever thought of painting a soft watch.


Quote: Democratic governments are not suited to the publication of the thunderous revelations I am in the habit of making. The unpublished parts will appear later... when Europe will have restored its traditional monarchies. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Democratic governments are not suited to the publication of the thunderous revelations I am in the habit of making. The unpublished parts will appear later... when Europe will have restored its traditional monarchies.


Quote: New skin, a new land! And a land of liberty, if that is possible! I chose the geology of a land that was new to me. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

New skin, a new land! And a land of liberty, if that is possible! I chose the geology of a land that was new to me.


Quote: The world of the cinema and of painting are very different; precisely, the possibilities of photography and the cinema reside in that unlimited fantasy which is born of things themselves... a piece of sugar can become on the screen larger than an infinite perspective of gigantic buildings. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of Salvador Dali quote: The world of the cinema and of painting are very different; precisely, the possibilities of photography and the cinema reside in that unlimited fantasy which is born of things themselves... a piece of sugar can become on the screen larger than an infinite perspective of gigantic buildings.- black text on quotes background

The world of the cinema and of painting are very different; precisely, the possibilities of photography and the cinema reside in that unlimited fantasy which is born of things themselves... a piece of sugar can become on the screen larger than an infinite perspective of gigantic buildings.


Quote: If I'm going to be anything more than average, if anyone is going to remember me, then I need to go further, in art, in life, in everything! by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

If I'm going to be anything more than average, if anyone is going to remember me, then I need to go further, in art, in life, in everything!


Quote: Right now I'm the greatest. I don't say this through vanity. It's just that the rest are so bad. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Right now I'm the greatest. I don't say this through vanity. It's just that the rest are so bad.


Quote: Who knows how to taste wine never drinks wine again, but tastes secrets instead. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Who knows how to taste wine never drinks wine again, but tastes secrets instead.


Quote: The desire to survive and the fear of death are artistic sentiments. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

The desire to survive and the fear of death are artistic sentiments.


Quote: The two greatest strokes of luck that can happen to a painter are (1) to be Spanish, (2) to be called Dali. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

The two greatest strokes of luck that can happen to a painter are (1) to be Spanish, (2) to be called Dali.


Quote: Photographic data... is still and essentially the safest poetic medium and the most agile process for catching the most delicate osmoses which exist between reality and surreality. The mere fact of photographic transposition means a total invention: the capture of a secret reality. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of Salvador Dali quote: Photographic data... is still and essentially the safest poetic medium and the most agile process for catching the most delicate osmoses which exist between reality and surreality. The mere fact of photographic transposition means a total invention: the capture of a secret reality.- black text on quotes background

Photographic data... is still and essentially the safest poetic medium and the most agile process for catching the most delicate osmoses which exist between reality and surreality. The mere fact of photographic transposition means a total invention: the capture of a secret reality.


Quote: Since man's highest mission on earth is to spiritualize everything, it is his excrement in particular that needs it most. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Since man's highest mission on earth is to spiritualize everything, it is his excrement in particular that needs it most.


Quote: Happy is he who causes a scandal. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Happy is he who causes a scandal.


Quote: I will be so brief, I have already finished. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

I will be so brief, I have already finished.


Quote: Young people need plenty of difficulties to achieve something.... If you receive a little money for this, a little money for that, everything becomes mediocre, and collapses ignominiously. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Young people need plenty of difficulties to achieve something.... If you receive a little money for this, a little money for that, everything becomes mediocre, and collapses ignominiously.


Quote: Picasso is a painter, so am I; Picasso is Spanish, so am I; Picasso is a communist, neither am I. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Picasso is a painter, so am I; Picasso is Spanish, so am I; Picasso is a communist, neither am I.




Quote: The problem with the youth of today' is that one is no longer part of it. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

The problem with the youth of today' is that one is no longer part of it.


Quote: I do not believe in my death. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

I do not believe in my death.


Quote: We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art.


Quote: I'm going to live forever. Geniuses don't die. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

I'm going to live forever. Geniuses don't die.


Quote: Now sexual obsessions are the basis of artistic creation. Accumulated frustration leads to what Freud calls the process of sublimation. Anything that does not take place erotically sublimates itself in the work of art. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Now sexual obsessions are the basis of artistic creation. Accumulated frustration leads to what Freud calls the process of sublimation. Anything that does not take place erotically sublimates itself in the work of art.


Quote: Many people do not reach their eighties because they spend too much time in their forties. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Many people do not reach their eighties because they spend too much time in their forties.


Quote: Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature, understand them thoroughly. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature, understand them thoroughly.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy -- the joy of being Salvador Dalí -- and I ask myself in rapture: What wonderful things this Salvador Dalí is going to accomplish today? by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy -- the joy of being Salvador Dalí -- and I ask myself in rapture: What wonderful things this Salvador Dalí is going to accomplish today?


Quote: There comes a moment in every person's life when they realise they adore me. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

There comes a moment in every person's life when they realise they adore me.


Quote: I do not take drugs. I am drugs. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

I do not take drugs. I am drugs.


Quote: My mother's death supervened, and this was the greatest blow I had experienced in my life. I worshipped her... I could not resign myself to the loss of a being on whom I counted to make invisible the unavoidable blemishes of my soul. 
― Salvador Dalí, The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of Salvador Dali quote: My mother's death supervened, and this was the greatest blow I had experienced in my life. I worshipped her... I could not resign myself to the loss of a being on whom I counted to make invisible the unavoidable blemishes of my soul. 
― Salvador Dalí, The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí.- black text on quotes background

My mother's death supervened, and this was the greatest blow I had experienced in my life. I worshipped her... I could not resign myself to the loss of a being on whom I counted to make invisible the unavoidable blemishes of my soul.
― Salvador Dalí, The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí.


Quote: When I paint, the Sea Roars
Others Splash about in the bath. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

When I paint, the Sea Roars
Others Splash about in the bath.


Quote: Everyone should eat hashish, but only once. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Everyone should eat hashish, but only once.


Quote: 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. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

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.


Quote: A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

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


Quote: We must always remember that the Chinese revolution was not a peasant's revolution, but one of the extreme Right. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

We must always remember that the Chinese revolution was not a peasant's revolution, but one of the extreme Right.


Quote: What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdads of his dreams to rise from the dust. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of Salvador Dali quote; white text on black background

What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdads of his dreams to rise from the dust.


Quote: Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.


Quote: I am the first to be surprised and often terrified by the images that I see appear on my canvas. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

I am the first to be surprised and often terrified by the images that I see appear on my canvas.


Quote: Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure -- that of being Salvador Dali. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

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


Quote: Democratic societies are unfit for the publication of such thunderous revelations as I am in the habit of making. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Democratic societies are unfit for the publication of such thunderous revelations as I am in the habit of making.


Quote: Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic.


Quote: I have Dalinian thought: the one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

I have Dalinian thought: the one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.


Quote: Liking money like I like it, is nothing less than mysticism. Money is a glory. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Liking money like I like it, is nothing less than mysticism. Money is a glory.


Quote: Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.


Quote: Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

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


Quote: There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.


Quote: I seated ugliness on my knee, and almost immediately grew tired of it. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

I seated ugliness on my knee, and almost immediately grew tired of it.


Quote: Instead of stubbornly attempting to use surrealism for purposes of subversion, it is necessary to try to make of surrealism something as solid, complete and classic as the works of museums. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

Instead of stubbornly attempting to use surrealism for purposes of subversion, it is necessary to try to make of surrealism something as solid, complete and classic as the works of museums.


Quote: The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.


Quote: 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. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of author Salvador Dali with quote

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.


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