Salvador Dali Quotes | Famous Quotations About Art, Love, & Surrealism

Salvador Dali Quotes | Famous Quotations About Art, Love, & Surrealism

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí I Domènech was a Spanish Surrealist artist renowned for his technical skill and highly unusual paintings.

Salvador Dali Famous Quotations Include:

  • Quotes About Art
  • Quotes About Surrealism
  • Quotes About Drugs
  • Quotes About Love
  • Quotes About Himself
  • Quotes About Perfection
  • Quotes About Dreams
  • Quotes About Life
  • Madman Quotes

Salvador Dali Quotes About Art

“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” ― Salvador Dali

“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” ― Salvador Dali

“Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating: It is either good or bad. ” ― Salvador Dali

“Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating: It is either good or bad. ” ― Salvador Dali

“I do not understand why, when I ask for grilled lobster in a restaurant, I'm never served a cooked telephone.” ― Salvador Dali

“This grandiose tragedy that we call modern art.” ― 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 Dali

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

“If you understand your painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it.” ― Salvador Dali

“The professors could not decide to consider me an 'artist'. - He is very serious - they said - very skilled and succeeds in what he intends. But, he is cold as ice, there is no emotion in his works, because he is not a person. He is rational and, without a doubt, an intellectual. You have to have a heart for art!” ― 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

Alfred Sisley Quotes


The Persistence of Memory

The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali 


Salvador Dali Quotes About Surrealism

“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” ― Salvador Dali

“Surrealism is not a movement. It is a latent state of mind perceivable through the powers of dream and nightmare.” ― Salvador Dali

“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.” ― Salvador Dali “The difference between me and the surrealists is that I am a surrealist." ― Salvador Dali

Suzanne Valadon Quotes


The Burnin Giraffe

The Burning Giraffe Painting by Salvador Dali


Salvador Dali Quotes About Drugs

“I don't do drugs. I am drugs.” ― Salvador Dali

“Everyone should eat hashish, but only once.” ― Salvador Dali

Diego Rivera Quotes


Salvador Dali Quotes About Love

“People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings.” ― Salvador Dali

“People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings.” ― Salvador Dali

“It's better to have loved and lost than do forty pounds of laundry a week.” ― Salvador Dali

“It's better to have loved and lost than do forty pounds of laundry a week.” ― Salvador Dali

“I could savor with delight that voluptuousness that is all the luxury of love and that consists in being able to carelessly direct our attention and sight to another part, while feeling the passionate proximity of the unique being, thanks to the which every minute is a piece of paradise, but which perversity orders you to ignore, while keeping it on a leash like a dog; and before which, however, you would be willing to crawl with the cowardice and flattery of a true dog, as soon as you were in danger of losing that loved one that up to that point you pretended to deal with the inattentive dandyism characteristic of morbid sentimentality.” ― Salvador Dali

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Galatea of the Spheres

Galatea of the Spheres Painting by Salvador Dali


Salvador Dali Quotes About Himself

“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 Dali— and I ask myself in rapture: What wonderful things is this Salvador Dali going to accomplish today?” ― 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 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 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

“Everything alters me, but nothing changes me.” ― Salvador Dali

“The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.” ― Salvador Dali

“Forever will be you and me.” ― Salvador Dali

“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 Dali

“I want to perceive and understand the hidden powers and laws of things, in order to have them in my power.” ― Salvador Dali

The Elephants

The Elephants Painting by Salvador Dali


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

“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

“An unpredictable, faithful, and objective hazard seems to have systematically singled out my life to make what are normally uneventful incidents violent, phenomenal, and memorable.” ― Salvador Dali

“I tried sex once with a woman and it was Gala. It was overrated. I tried sex once with a man and that man was the famous juggler Frederico Garcia Lorca. It was very painful.” ― Salvador Dali

“I believe in the humanism of the eye of the ass.” ― Salvador Dali

“Dalí is one marvelous painter, but in living times he's one marvelous clown —more interesting for everyone.” ― Salvador Dali

“Gala Materials -‘ the one who walks in front, the ‘immaculate intuition’ - was right again. Today, I can say that of all my beliefs, only two I cannot explain with my will to power: one is the rediscovered faith in 1949, and the other is that Gala will always be right about my future. ” ― Salvador Dali

“My research lasted a whole year and I finally concluded that only a relief of color, expertly placed on the canvas, can make an impression on the eye. It was a period that my parents called the "Stone Age." I used rocks to get, for example, a very bright cloud. I glued the stones to the canvas and then painted it.

One of my biggest successes in this genre was the sunset with blood-red clouds. The sky was full of stones of all dimensions, some of which were as big as a fist. This picture hung on the wall of the family dining room for a long time, and I remember that we were often surprised, in the silence after dinner, by the sound of a stone that would fall off the picture and fall to the floor.

My mother would stop sewing, and her father always reassured her with the words: "It's nothing, it's just another stone falling from the sky of our child.” ― Salvador Dali

“I had to grow old, and in order to grow old, I had to work, to fight, to gather all my intellectual and physical dreams in order to emerge victorious from this crusade I went to win my soul. ” ― Salvador Dali

“Get up and walk," Gala ordered. - You haven't succeeded in anything yet. You have to wait for death! ” ― Salvador Dali

“I am very sorry, but I am infinitely more intelligent than these three professors, and I, therefore, refuse to be examined by them. I know more about Raphael than all of you altogether. ” ― Salvador Dali


Young Woman at a Window

Young Woman at a Window Painting by Salvador Dali


“Preparing to write what follows below, I first resort to the help of my lacquered shoes, which I could never wear for a long time, because they are monstrously crumpled. Usually I wore them just before the start of any public performance.

The painful stiffness of the feet generated by them stimulates my oratory abilities to the limit. This sophisticated, oppressive pain makes me sing no worse than a nightingale or some street Neapolitan singer - by the way, they also wear too tight shoes. Going from ‑ that straight from within the sharp physical lust, the growing torturous torture, which I experience thanks to my lacquered shoes, make me literally erupt in the words of the sublime truth, the sublime truth.” ― Salvador Dali

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

“Liking money like I like it, is nothing less than mysticism. Money is a glory.” ― Salvador Dali

“Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.” ― Salvador Dali

“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.” ― Salvador Dali

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Salvador Dali Quotes About Perfection

“Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.” ― Salvador Dali

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The Sacrament of the Last Supper

The Sacrament of the Last Supper Painting by Salvador Dali


Salvador Dali Quotes About Dreams

“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

“Give me two hours a day of activity, and I'll take the other twenty-two in dreams.” ― Salvador Dali

“When we are asleep in this world, we are awake in another.” ― Salvador Dali

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Salvador Dali Quotes About Life

“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

“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 thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.” ― 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

“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

“So little of what could happen does happen.” ― Salvador Dali

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” ― Salvador Dali

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” ― Salvador Dali

“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 Dali


The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory 

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory Painting by Salvador Dali


“Beauty should be edible, or not at all.” ― Salvador Dali

“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

“The one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.” ― 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

“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without winds.” ― Salvador Dali

“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

“Our age is dying of moral skepticism and spiritual nullity. Imaginative laziness, by indulging in the mechanical, momentary, and material pseudoprogress of the post-war period, has derailed the spirit. He has disarmed him, dishonored before death and eternity. Mechanical civilization will be destroyed by war. The machine is bound to crumble and rust, stuck in the battlefields, and the young and energetic masses who built it are doomed to serve as cannon fodder.” ― Salvador Dali

“Repulsion is the sentry that guards the gate to all that we most desire.” ― Salvador Dali

“There are two classes of smokers, my dear: that of smokers to create an atmosphere, an atmosphere for themselves and that they get fed up as soon as they get it; and that of those who smoke, simply, because they are fed up with the environment. The former belongs to the class of esthetes, to the class of those who are slightly stupid, the Orminys; I belong to the second, which is the legitimate one, which is open dogmatic.” ― Salvador Dali

“Experience has taught me that a person, every time something wants to win and fails, gets sick. Those who manage the situation are never sick, even if their body is, in fact, getting weaker every day.” ― Salvador Dali

“What we can do internally to the maximum, to expand to rebuild and modify and modify! What our real interior is so strong that you want to go outside! And what we have to say to the faithful, but we have an appetite for living in the evening, for the sake of it!” ― Salvador Dali

“Wars have never hurt anybody except the people who die.” ― Salvador Dali

“Democratic societies are unfit for the publication of such thunderous revelations as I am in the habit of making.” ― Salvador Dali

“Don't bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.” ― Salvador Dali

“God invented man, and man invented the metric system.” ― Salvador Dali

“Whoever wants to engage people’s interest must provoke them.” ― Salvador Dali

“Whoever wants to engage people’s interest must provoke them.” ― Salvador Dali

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Melting Watch

Melting Watch Painting by Salvador Dali


Salvador Dali Madman Quotes

“Whatever it was, at that time I was not really" normal. " However, how to determine the limits of "normality" and "abnormality" for a living being? I say that I was not normal in Cadaqués in 1929 - and that means that this is true of today when I am writing a book. Undoubtedly, I have made great strides in adapting to reality. When I had my first hallucination, I enjoyed my unusual psyche and stimulated my "unusualness."

Every morning I watered the plant of my madness a little, until it began to bloom and bear fruit, which almost devoured my life, and so it was until I realized that it was time to destroy this plant, to trample its cable. , bury yourself in the ground and start conquering your "living space" again. The motto "madness for madness" I had to change for a year to "Restraint madness", which was already Catholic. Madness revealed to me some of his secrets, which I carefully guarded even when I became addicted to its destructive restraint and tried to attract the whole group of surrealists.” ― Salvador Dali

“The sole difference between myself and a madman is the fact that I am not mad!” ― Salvador Dali

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The Meditative Rose

The Meditative Rose Painting by Salvador Dali


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