Qui sait dÃ©guster ne boit plus jamais de vin, mais goÃ»te des secrets
I am making things that inspire me with a profound emotion and I am trying to paint them honestly.
I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.
Let my enemies devour each other.
Knowing how to look is a way of inventing.
Mistakes are almost always of a sacred 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.
Give me two hours a day of activity, and I'll take the other twenty-two in dreams.
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.
The fact I myself do not understand what my paintings mean while I am painting them does not imply that they are meaningless.
I believe that the moment is near when by a procedure of active paranoiac thought, it will be possible to systematize confusion and contribute to the total discrediting of the world of reality.
Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.
Now sexual obsessions are the basis of artistic creation. Accumulated frustration leads to what Freud calls the process of sublimation. Anything that does not take place erotically sublimates itself in the work of art
One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.
Everything alters me, but nothing changes me.
Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.
You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life
I do not take drugs. I am drugs.
There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
I am not strange. I am just not normal.
A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Great wine requires a mad man to grow the vine, a wise man to watch over it, a lucid poet to make it, and a lover to drink it.
Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure - that of being Salvador Dali.
New skin, a new land! And a land of liberty, if that is possible! I chose the geology of a land that was new to me.
The famous soft watches are nothing else than the tender, extravagant, solitary, paranoic-critical camembert oftime and space.
Don't bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.
Paranoiac-critical activity makes the world of delirium pass onto the plane of reality...
Begin by learning to draw and paint like the old masters. After that, you can do as you like; everyone will respect you.
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.
Picasso is a painter, so am I; Picasso is Spanish, so am I; Picasso is a communist, neither am I.
If you understand a painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it.
Every morning upon awakening, I experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali, and I ask myself, wonderstruck, what prodigious thing will he do today, this Salvador Dali.
Everything that is contradictory creates life
The true painter must be able, with the most usual things, to have the most unusual ideas.
People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings.
Since man's highest mission on earth is to spiritualize everything, it is his excrement in particular that needs it most.
The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.
I was never capable of being an average pupil. I would either seem refractory to any teaching and give the impression of being completely dumb or I would fling myself on my work with a frenzy, a patience, and a willingness to learn that astonished everybody. But to awaken my zeal, it was necessary to offer me something I liked. Once my appetite had been whetted, I became ravenously hungry.
It is either easy or impossible.
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 Baghdads of his dreams to rise from the dust.