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Quotes From Surreal Artist Salvador Dali 

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Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure – that of being Salvador Dali. Salvador Dali
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.
Salvador Dali
Have no fear of perfection—you’ll never reach it.
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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I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.Salvador-Dali

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
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.
Begin by learning to draw and paint like the old masters. After that, you can do as you like; everyone will respect you.
I’m much more interested in speaking, or being near people who think the opposite of the things I think, than with people who think the same things that I think.
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.
Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.
It is not me who is the clown, but this monstrously cynical and so unconsciously naive society, which plays the game of seriousness in order better to hide its madness.
Everything alters me, but nothing changes me.
Whoever wants to engage people’s interests must provoke them.
It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.
The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.
Give me two hours a day of activity, and I’ll take the other twenty-two in dreams.
There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.
Salvador Dali
“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
― Salvador Dali
“I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.”
― Salvador Dali
“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.”― Salvador Dali
“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 is this Salvador Dalí going to accomplish today?”
― Salvador Dali
“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.”
― Salvador Dali
“What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it.”
― Salvador Dali
“An elegant woman is a woman who despises you and has no hair under her arms.”― Salvador Dali
“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”
― Salvador Dali
“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.”
― Salvador Dalí, Dalí’s Mustache
“The sole difference between myself and a madman is the fact that I am not mad!”
― Salvador Dali
“There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.”― Salvador Dali
“Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic”
― Salvador Dali
“I am not strange. I am just not normal.”
― Salvador Dalí
“The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.”
― Salvador Dali
“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.”― Salvador Dali
“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.”
― Salvador Dali
“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.”
― Salvador Dali
“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.”
― Salvador Dali
“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.”― Salvador Dali
“Everything alters me, but nothing changes me.”
― Salvador Dali
“So little of what could happen does happen.”
― Salvador Dalí
“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.”
― Salvador Dalí
“Let my enemies devour each other”― Salvador Dali
“You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life”
― Salvador Dalí
“Beauty should be edible, or not at all.”
― Salvador Dalí
“People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings.”
― Salvador Dalí
“Give me two hours a day of activity, and I’ll take the other twenty-two in dreams.”― Salvador Dali
“The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.”
― Salvador Dali
“Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating: It is either good or bad. ”
― Salvador Dali
“It’s better to have loved and lost than do forty pounds of laundry a week.”
― Salvador Dalí
“Everyone should eat hashish, but only once.”― Salvador Dali
“I do not understand why, when I ask for grilled lobster in a restaurant, I’m never served a cooked telephone.”
― Salvador Dalí
“Forever will be you and me.”
― Dali
“This grandiose tragedy that we call modern art.”
― Salvador Dalí
“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.”― Salvador Dali
“Begin by learning to draw and paint like the old masters. After that, you can do as you like; everyone will respect you.”
― Salvador Dalí
“Let the labyrinth of wrinkles be furrowed in my brow with the red-hot iron of my own life, let my hair whiten and my step become vacillating, on condition that I can save the intelligence of my soul – let my unformed childhood soul, as it ages, assume the rational and esthetic forms of an architecture, let me learn just everything that others cannot teach me, what only life would be capable of marking deeply in my skin!”
― Salvador Dalí
“The reason some portraits don’t look true to life is that some people make no effort to resemble their pictures.”
― Salvador Dali
“I want to perceive and understand the hidden powers and laws of things, in order to have them in my power.”― Salvador Dali
“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.”
― Salvador Dali
“When I paint, the Sea Roars
Others Splash about in the bath”
― Salvador Dali
“The one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.”
― Salvador Dalí
“I dedicate this novel to Gala, who was constantly by my side while I was writing it, who was the good fairy of my equilibrium, who banished the salamanders of my doubts and strengthened the lions of certainties…”― Salvador Dali
“In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society, it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. After that, be a snob.
― Salvador Dali
“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, and that was young, virgin, and without drama, that of America. I traveled in America, but instead of romantically and directly rubbing the snakeskin of my body against the asperities of its terrain, I preferred to peel protected within the armor of the gleaming black crustacean of a Cadillac which I gave Gala as a present. Nevertheless all the men who admire and the women who are in love with my old skin will easily be able to find its remnants in shredded pieces of various sizes scattered to the winds along the roads from New York via Pittsburgh to California. I have peeled with every wind; pieces of my skin have remained caught here and there along my way, scattered through that “promised land” which is America; certain pieces of this skin have remained hanging in the spiny vegetation of the Arizona desert, along the trails where I galloped on horseback, where I got rid of all my former Aristotelian “planetary notions.” Other pieces of my skin have remained spread out like tablecloths without food on the summits of the rocky masses by which one reaches the Salt Lake, in which the hard passion of the Mormons saluted in me the European phantom of Apollinaire. Still other pieces have remained suspended along the “antediluvian” bridge of San Francisco, where I saw in passing the ten thousand most beautiful virgins in America, completely naked, standing in line on each side of me as I passed, like two rows of organ-pipes of angelic flesh with cowrie-shell sea vulvas.”
― Salvador Dali
“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without winds.”
― Salvador Dalí
“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.”― Salvador Dali
“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 Dali
“Surrealism is not a movement. It is a latent state of mind perceivable through the powers of dream and nightmare.”
― Salvador Dalí
“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 Dali
“If you understand your painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it.”― Salvador Dali
“La gente debería verse más como sus retratos y menos como en la vida real”
― Salvador Dalí

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