Salvador Dalí

surrealist Spanish painter (1904-1989)

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Democratic societies are unfit for the publication of such thunderous revelations as I am in the habit of making.
Don't bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.
Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.
Have no fear of perfection -- you will never reach it.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.
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.
Repulsion is the sentry that guards the gate to all that we most desire.
Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.
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.
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.
The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad
The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.
The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.
There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.
Wars have never hurt anybody except the people who die.
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.
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 Baghdad's of his dreams to rise from the dust.

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