25 Salvador Dali Quotes About Art And Society

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Salvador Dali Quotes

Salvador Dali was a Spanish artist known for his contributions to surrealism and absurdism. While paintings may no longer be the most popular form of media, Dali’s influence can be seen throughout our culture to this day. He was a creator that went against norms and challenged the boundaries of what we consider art.

Today we want to go over some of our favorite Salvador Dali quotes. If we missed any of your favorites, let us know on social media!

Salvador Dali Quotes

“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

“Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure – that of being Salvador Dali.” – Salvador Dali

“I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.” – Salvador Dali

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

“Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic.” – 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

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

“There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.” – Salvador Dali

“There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.” – Salvador Dali

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Salvador Dali Quotes About Making Art

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

“Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali

“I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.” – 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

“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” – 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

“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

“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

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

Salvador Dali Quotes About Art And Society

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

“Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.” – 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

“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

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

“The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.” – 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

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What Are Your Favorite Salvador Dali Quotes?

We hope you enjoyed the list of our favorite Salvador Dali quotes about art. Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know on social media!

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