Quotations From SALVADOR DALI


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  • 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 (1904-1989), Spanish painter. Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp, preface, ed. Pierre Cabanne (1968, trans. 1971).

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  • 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 (1904-1989), Spanish painter. Diary of a Genius, entry for Aug. 2, 1953 (1966).

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  • 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 (1904-1989), Spanish painter. Diary of a Genius, entry for May 11, 1956 (1966).

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  • Democratic societies are unfit for the publication of such thunderous revelations as I am in the habit of making.
    Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Spanish painter. Diary of a Genius, prologue (1966).
  • Without hesitation, I place Freud among the heroes. He dispossessed the Jewish people of the greatest and most influential of all heroes—Moses.
    Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Spanish painter. Diary of a Genius, entry for May 11, 1957 (1966).

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  • I have Dalinian thought: the one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.
    Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Spanish painter. Diary of a Genius, entry for Aug. 30, 1953 (1966).

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  • There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.
    Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Spanish painter. Diary of a Genius, May 1952 (1966).
  • Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.
    Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Spanish painter. "The Futuristic Dali," Dali by Dali (1970).
  • This grandiose tragedy that we call modern art.
    Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Spanish surrealist painter. "The Futuristic Dali," Dali by Dali (1970).
  • 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 (1904-1989), Spanish surrealist painter. Secret Life of Salvador Dali, prologue (1948).
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