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Quotes of the day: Salvador Dalí

Published Thursday, January 23, 2014 @ 12:02 AM EST
Jan 23 2014

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (May 11, 1904 - January 23, 1989), known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, in the Catalonia region of Spain.

Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in August 1931. Dalí's expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

Dalí attributed his "love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes" to an "Arab lineage", claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors.

Dalí was highly imaginative, and also enjoyed indulging in unusual and grandiose behavior. His eccentric manner and attention-grabbing public actions sometimes drew more attention than his artwork, to the dismay of those who held his work in high esteem, and to the irritation of his critics. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

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

Everything alters me, but nothing changes me.

Happy is he who causes scandal.

Have no fear of perfection- you'll never reach it.

I am going to my room to masturbate before I have a light lunch, if you would like to come and watch.
(To party guests)

I am not strange. I am just not normal.

I am Surrealism.

I don't do drugs. I am drugs.

I think that the sweetest freedom for a man on earth consists in being able to live, if he likes, without having the need to work.

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

It's either easy or impossible.

So little of what could happen does happen.

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

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.

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 reason some portraits don't look true to life is that some people make no effort to resemble their pictures.

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

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.

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

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

What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it.

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