Salvador Dali


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  • ''The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.''
    Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Spanish painter. The Secret Life of Salvador Dali, ch. 11 (1948).
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  • ''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 (1904-1989), Spanish painter. The Secret Life of Salvador Dali, ch. 4 (1948).
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  • ''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 (1904-1989), Spanish painter. The Secret Life of Salvador Dali, ch. 14 (1948).
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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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  • ''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).
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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).
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  • ''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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