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Salvador Dali

(1904-1989) Spanish Painter, Printmaker

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Every morning when I awake, the greatests of joys is mine: that of being Salvador Dali.

At the age of six years I wanted to be a chef. At the age of seven I wanted to be Napoleon. My ambitions have continued to grow at the same rate ever since.

Don't bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.

Have no fear of perfection-you'll never reach it.

I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.

It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.

Many people do not reach their eighties because they spend too much time in their forties.

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.

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.

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.

The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad.

'The problem with the youth of today' is that one is no longer part of it.

The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.

There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.

This grandiose tragedy that we call modern art.

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

To paint a picture is either very simple or impossible.

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.