Salvador Dalí was born on May 11, 1904. He was a Spanish painter known for heavily incorporating surrealism into his work. Throughout his career, he was admired for his technical precision and impressive draftsmanship that mostly defined his paintings. Added layers to his work are the gripping images that are as awe-inspiring as they are peculiar.
Dali studied fine arts in Madrid. His influence primarily came from masters of Impressionism and Renaissance. Even at an early age, he showed interest in Cubism and avant-garde works. By the late 1920s, Dali shifted to Surrealism where he would later flourish. In 1931, he finished The Persistence of Memory, which is recognized as one of the most prominent Surrealist paintings.
Dali then relocated to the US in 1940 where his fame and commercial success grew more substantial. His ingenuity and his expressions of innovative art were also manifested in other forms, such as in cinema, sculpture, literature, photography and design. Recurring themes in his work include dreams and the subconscious, mirroring striking images portrayed in his paintings.
Dali was also a controversial figure brought about by his eccentric public behavior, something he never denied nor apologized for. He embraced his uniqueness with pride and went on to produce some of the most astonishing artworks.
Here are 30 Salvador Dali quotes to remind you that your uniqueness is a blessing in disguise.
Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision. – Salvador Dali
The sole difference between myself and a madman is the fact that I am not mad! – Salvador Dali
Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it. – Salvador Dali
There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction. – Salvador Dali
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
What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it. – Salvador Dali
Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy —the joy of being Salvador Dalí— and I ask myself in rapture: What wonderful things is this Salvador Dalí going to accomplish today? – Salvador Dali
A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others. – Salvador Dali
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
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
You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life. – Salvador Dali
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. – Salvador Dali
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. – Salvador Dali
I am not strange. I am just not normal. – Salvador Dali
Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating: It is either good or bad. – Salvador Dali
It’s better to have loved and lost than do forty pounds of laundry a week. – Salvador Dali
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. – Salvador Dali
Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. – Salvador Dali
It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning. – Salvador Dali
The one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous. – Salvador Dali
I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait. – Salvador Dali
Begin by learning to draw and paint like the old masters. After that, you can do as you like; everyone will respect you. – Salvador Dali
If you understand your painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it. – Salvador Dali
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
Surrealism is not a movement. It is a latent state of mind perceivable through the powers of dream and nightmare. – Salvador Dali
I don’t do drugs. I am drugs. – Salvador Dali
My mother’s death supervened, and this was the greatest blow I had experienced in my life. I worshipped her… I could not resign myself to the loss of a being on whom I counted to make invisible the unavoidable blemishes of my soul. – Salvador Dali
Beauty should be edible, or not at all. – Salvador Dali
An elegant woman is a woman who despises you and has no hair under her arms. – Salvador Dali
The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents. – Salvador Dali
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