17 quotes by Salvador Dalí for you to ponder

quotes by Salvador Dali

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Today I thought it would be interesting to explore some quotes by Salvador Dalí.

As you probably know, Salvador Dalí was a Spanish surrealist artist renowned for his technical skill, and the striking and bizarre images he created.

He was born in Figueres, in the Catalonia region of Spain, but received his formal education in fine arts in Madrid.

Dalí was influenced by Impressionism and the Renaissance masters from a young age, but he became increasingly attracted to Cubism and avant-garde movements.

Dalí lived in France throughout the Spanish Civil War before leaving for the United States in 1940 where he achieved commercial success.

He returned to Spain in 1948 where he announced his return to the Catholic faith and developed his nuclear mysticism style, based on his interest in classicism, mysticism, and the scientific developments of the day.

Dalí was increasingly an eccentric and ostentatious personality with often quite controversial views.

However, he was an important influence on many artists, and he never failed to make an impression.

Like him or loath him, it was impossible to ignore him.

So here are 17 quotes by Salvador Dalí for you to ponder on, dear reader.

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Quotes by Salvador Dali:

  1. Let my enemies devour each other.
  2. Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.
  3. Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
  4. Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
  5. Wars have never hurt anybody except the people who die.
  6. Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.
  7. The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.
  8. The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.
  9. Liking money like I like it, is nothing less than mysticism. Money is a glory.
  10. There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
  11. Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
  12. Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure. That of being Salvador Dali.
  13. Don’t bother about being modern. Unfortunately, it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.
  14. 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.
  15. It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.

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