Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure - that of being Salvador Dali.
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.
There comes a moment in every person's life when they realise they adore me.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
I am not strange. I am just not normal.
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.
You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life
A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.
There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
I do not take drugs. I am drugs.
Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.
If you understand a painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it.
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
Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.
So little of what could happen does happen.
The fact I myself do not understand what my paintings mean while I am painting them does not imply that they are meaningless.
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.
Sometimes I spit on my mother's portrait for pleasure.
The problem with the youth of today' is that one is no longer part of it.
If you refuse to study anatomy, the arts of drawing and perspective, the mathematics of aesthetics, and the science of color, let me tell you that this is more a sign of laziness than of genius.
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.
Life is too short to remain unnoticed
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.
There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.
I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.
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