Salvador Dali (Figueres, 1904 – 1989) was a unique genius. This Spanish painter has developed like no other the expression of surrealism in his various pictorial and sculptural works.
Based on the world of dreams and the unconscious, Dalí was an eccentric who covered every artistic facet imaginable: painting, sculpture, cinema, writing, photography … His personal style is always remembered for being one of the most versatile and notable artists of the 20th century.
Famous quotes and phrases from Salvador Dalí
In today’s article we wanted to deepen the figure and thoughts of this master, so we wanted to collect the 78 best phrases of Salvador Dalí on life, painting, art and love. A beautiful review of the personality of this self-proclaimed megalomaniac.
Without further ado, here are his best thoughts.
1. I do things that inspire deep emotion in me and try to paint honestly.
Some statements on his artistic approach.
2. Happy is what causes a scandal.
His irreverence was reflected in each of his public appearances.
3. Eroticism, hallucinogenic drugs, nuclear science, Gaudí’s Gothic architecture, my love for gold … there is a common denominator in all of this: God is present in everything. The same magic is at the heart of all things, and all roads lead to the same revelation: we are the children of God, and the whole universe tends towards the perfection of mankind.
About his religious faith.
4. Don’t worry about being modern. Unfortunately, this is the only thing that, whatever you do, cannot be avoided.
An ironic phrase about the eagerness of some to follow fashion.
5. Painting is an infinitely small part of my personality.
Megalomaniac and narcissistic like no other, he has always had an excellent outlet for all journalists’ questions.
6. Picasso is a painter, like me; Picasso is Spanish, like me; Picasso is a Communist, I am not.
Dalí was more right-wing and conservative.
7. The true painter must be able to have the most unusual ideas with the most unusual things.
Creativity in the power of art. No limit or restriction.
8. Everything changes me, but nothing changes me.
Imperturbable despite everything.
9. For me, love must be ugly, appearance must be divine, and death must be beautiful.
An aesthetic consideration for each of these facets of life.
10. I will be brief, I have finished.
11. I don’t understand why when I order grilled lobster in a restaurant, I’m never served a cooked phone.
In reference to one of his works.
12. The secret of my influence has always been to keep it a secret.
No one knows him yet.
13. The audience doesn’t need to know if I’m kidding or telling the truth, just like I don’t need to know.
Creativity and verbiage as allies.
14. The only difference between a madman and me is that I am not mad.
He’s only been pretending his whole life.
15. Knowing how to look is a way of inventing.
Another perspective can generate art.
16. At the age of six, I wanted to be a cook. At seven, he wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has grown steadily since.
He managed to be better known, almost, than the French emperor.
17. The thermometer of success is simply the envy of the discontented.
The older you are, the more they will criticize you.
18. A true artist is not what inspires, but what inspires others.
Trends are always a hit.
19. I don’t take drugs. I am a drug.
His paintings certainly caused a lysergic state.
20. Freedom of any kind is the worst for creativity.
Disconcerting phrase of the Catalan genius.
21. What matters is to confuse, not eliminate it.
The most abstract, the most confusing.
22. Geniuses must never die, the progress of humanity depends on us.
One of those phrases by Salvador Dalí which places artists in a central role.
23. I am able to project myself into my little indoor cinema. I free myself by some secret means of attempts to harass my own soul.
Creative phrase from the great Dalí.
24. Surrealism has shown that total sterility and attempts at automation have gone too far and have led to a totalitarian system.
Few artists can give such a broad meaning to their work.
25. Whenever I lose semen, I am totally convinced that I wasted it. I always feel guilty after … Because, to begin with, I’m not that helpless.
Hilarious and mysterious statement.
26. Murder is closer to heaven, because after it has become “memories of our conscience”, it is prayed, heaven opens and angels say, “Hello!
Famous poetic cut quote.
27. To be interesting, you have to provoke.
If you don’t provoke anything, don’t even try.
28. Those who do not want to imitate anything produce nothing.
Focusing on others is the key to starting filming.
29. There is only one difference between a fool and me. The fool thinks he’s smart. I know I am crazy.
About his deteriorating mental health.
30. I will live forever. Geniuses don’t die.
The impact on the history of art was ultimately greater than expected by itself.
31. Just as it amazes me that a bank clerk never eats a check, I am also surprised that no painter before me has ever thought of painting a smooth clock.
32. People love mystery, and that’s why they love my paintings.
Simply full of great intellectual interest.
33. When the creations of a genius collide with the mind of a layman and produce an empty sound, there is no doubt that he is in error.
34. It will always be you and me.
To his muse, Gala.
35. Drawing is the honesty of art.
A beautiful painting design.
36. And now Watson and Crick’s DNA announcement. It is for me the true proof of the existence of God.
For Dalí, the biological perfection of DNA could not mean anything other than the existence of a supreme being.
37. Genius must go beyond madness and madness over genius.
An ambivalence necessary to create.
38. I think life should be a continuous celebration.
It is only life if it is worth living.
39. I am not strange. I am just not normal.
A little eccentric.
40. There are days when I think I’m going to die of an overdose of satisfaction.
Intoxicated with happiness, Dalí had fun with his bizarre life.
41. One day, we will have to officially admit that what we have called “reality” is an illusion even greater than the world of dreams.
A philosophical note from the great Dalí.
42. Do not be afraid of perfection, you will never achieve it.
It is an ideal that cannot be sustained.
43. I believe that the time is approaching when, by an active and paranoid method of thought, it is possible to systematize the confusion and to contribute to the total discrediting of the world of reality.
Excellent artistic phrase to think about.
44. Confusion must be systematically created for creativity to be released. Anything that is contradictory creates life.
In the inconsistency is the magic, the desire.
45. Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be chains that limit our vision.
Notice what is probably the main representative of this artistic current.
46. Give me two hours a day of activity, and I will follow the twenty-one other dreams.
His greatest inspiration, the world of dreams.
47. Every morning when I wake up, I again feel a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dalí.
A sample of his egocentricity.
48. Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
If you don’t have goals that you aspire to, your intelligence is of little use.
49. The pleasure of the flesh can only be satisfied if a particular dimension, some kind of phenomenon, is created stereoscopically, an imaginary hologram as real as reality.
An artistic way of referring to sex.
50. A great wine needs a madman to make the vine grow, a sage to watch it, a lucid poet to make it, and a lover to drink it.
A eulogy to the world of wine.
51. Without me there is no art.
One of his most narcissistic statements.
52. I need all these sudden images which present themselves to me of my past and which form the factory of what my whole life is.
Based on flashes, he built his reality.
53. Today, the taste for defect is such that only imperfections and especially ugliness seem great. When a Venus looks like a toad, contemporary pseudo-aesthetes exclaim: it’s strong, it’s human!
On the rare fashions of the moment.
54. Where is the reality? Every appearance is deceptive, the visible surface is deceptive. I look at my hand. They are nerves, muscles, bones. Let’s go further: these are molecules and acids.
A detailed view of the plans of reality.
55. I am surrealism.
At the very least, he was one of its greatest representatives.
56. It is obvious when my enemies, my friends and the general public pretend not to understand the meaning of the images which arise in me and which I transcribe in my paintings.
Almost all of Dalí’s symbols were inspired by the dream world.
57. I think I am a better writer than a painter, and in this I coincided with my father. The important thing in my writing is not the style, nor the syntax, nor the discursive resources. What is important in my writing is just what I say, and the day will come when it will be accepted.
Either way, his literary content has never been as recognized as his paintings.
58. Since the French Revolution, a vicious and moronic tendency to regard a genius as a human being equal in all points to others has developed.
What do geniuses have in common?
59. I categorically refuse to consider surrealism as another literary artistic group. I think they were able to free man from the tyranny of the practical and rational world.
On the relevance of this artistic movement.
60. The difference between fakes and real memories is the same as for jewelry: what looks most real, brightest, is always fake.
Paradox which could explain Elizabeth Loftus.
61. The true painter is one who knows how to paint extraordinary scenes in the middle of an empty desert. The true painter is the one who knows how to patiently paint a pear surrounded by the tumults of history.
On the capacity for abstraction.
62. One might think that through ecstasy we entered a world far removed from reality and dreams. The disgusting becomes desirable, affection in cruelty, ugliness in beauty, etc.
On the curious effects of this drug called ecstasy.
63. The difference between fakes and real memories is the same as for jewelry: what looks most real, brightest, is always fake.
64. Take me, I am the drug; take me, I’m the hallucinogen.
On the other hand.
65. The connoisseur does not drink wine, but he knows its secrets.
One of Salvador Dalí’s most famous and memorized phrases.
66. Life is too short to go unnoticed.
If you don’t leave a trace, you might not be giving life the importance it deserves.
67. Without madness there is no art.
Without further ado: a genius must have a unique look.
68 I want to perceive and understand the hidden powers and the laws of things, in order to have them in my power.
Know how to understand, understand in order to control.
69. The desire to survive and the fear of death are artistic feelings.
This is how the great Dalí defined it.
70. It is good taste, and only good taste, which possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first obstacle to all creative functioning.
Elegance and its benefits.
71. Wars have never hurt anyone except those who die.
Paradox of reflection.
72. Democratic societies are not fit to publish resounding revelations like the ones I am used to making.
Puritanism spreads when people just want to feel like it is obvious.
73. Drugs consume but so do life.
One way to draw attention to the effects of drugs.
74. The connoisseur does not drink wine, but he knows its secrets.
Know how to observe. Dalí’s philosophy of life.
75. Life is short, but not short.
Paradox of thought.
76. Very little of what could happen happens.
In fact, what happens is just an endless choice.
77. I believe that the sweetest freedom for a man on earth is to be able to live, if he likes, without having to work.
Leisure as the supreme good to which we must aspire.
78. There comes a time in everyone’s life when they realize that they adore me.
Another sentence of narcissism with a big dose of humor.