Daliesque Delights: Memorable Quotes by Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali, the highly eccentric surrealist painter is remembered as much for his outrageous public antics as he is for his startlingly intelligent paintings. Born Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dali I Domenech, Marques de Dali de Pubol (thankfully shortened to Salvador Dali) he is known for his trademark get-up, which included a long cape, walking stick, haughty expression and a perfectly shaped upturned moustache. His contribution to the surrealist movement is indelible and his paintings, like the Persistence of Memory, The Elephants, Metamorphoses of Narcissus, The Meditative Rose and Sleep contribute much to our understanding of this movement. A man who radiated confidence, he had some really perceptive things to say about art and the act of creating. Here are a few of his most intuitive quotes-


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“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”

“Those who do not want to imitate anything produce nothing.”

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.”



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“I am painting pictures which make me die for joy, I am creating with an absolute naturalness, without the slightest aesthetic concern, I am making things that inspire me with a profound emotion and I am trying to paint them honestly.”

“Begin by learning to draw and paint like the old masters. After that, you can do as you like; everyone will respect you.”

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


The Meditative Rose

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

“Mistakes are almost always of a scared 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.”

“So little of what could happen does happen.”

“You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life.”

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The Persistence of Memory

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