Salvador Dali Quotes

January 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Be mad.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

This grandiose tragedy that we call modern art.

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.

There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.

Sometimes I spit on my mother’s portrait for pleasure.There’s no greater bliss in life than when the plumber eventually comes to unblock your drains. No writer can give that sort of pleasure.

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

Picasso is a communist. Neither am I.

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

God is just another artist, like me.

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

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

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.

I believe that the moment is near when by a procedure of active paranoiac thought, it will be possible to systematize confusion and contribute to the total discrediting of the world of reality.

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

Salvador Dali on Ivy:

Salvador Dali: Diary of a Genius (An Autobiography)

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