Famous Quotes: 15 quotes by Salvador Dalí

 Dalí was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, and in his time in the spotlight he managed to say some pretty memorable things. Take a look!


  1. 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.

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

    The Hallucinogenic Toreador – 1968-70 – Do you think this was painted by a mad man?
  3. The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.

  4. 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.

    Dali with wife, Gala
  5. Don’t bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.

  6. Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
  7. Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure – that of being Salvador Dali.

    Dali Atomicus – A collaboration between Dali and photographer Phillipe Halsman –  1948 – His supreme pleasure shows in this awesome photo! 
  8. Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.
  9. I have Dalinian thought: the one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.

    Eggs on plate without the plate
    Eggs on plate without the plate (1932)
  10. 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.
  11. Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

    The temptation of St. Anthony – (1946) – A theme explored by many artists who inspired Dali
  12. Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.
  13. Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

    Dalí poses with a (winged) bird.
  14. It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.
  15. 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.


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