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Salvador Dalí

Dalí photographed by Carl Van Vechten on 29 November 1939
Born Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech
(1904-05-11)11 May 1904
Figueres, Catalonia, Spain
Died 23 January 1989(1989-01-23) (aged 84)
Figueres, Catalonia, Spain
Resting place Crypt at Dalí Theatre and Museum, Figueres
Nationality Spanish
Education San Fernando School of Fine Arts, Madrid, Spain
Known for Painting, Drawing, Photography, Sculpture, Writing, Film
Notable work

The Persistence of Memory (1931)
Face of Mae West Which May Be Used as an Apartment (1935)
Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War) (1936)
Swans Reflecting Elephants (1937)
Ballerina in a Death’s Head (1939)
Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening (1944)
The Temptation of St. Anthony (1946)
The Elephants (1948)
Galatea of the Spheres (1952)
Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus) (1954)

Movement Cubism, Dada, Surrealism
Spouse(s) Gala Dalí (Elena Ivanovna Diakonova) (1934-1982; her death)

Let my enemies devour each other.
There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.
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
Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure – that of being Salvador Dali.
Salvador Dali
The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.
Democratic societies are unfit for the publication of such thunderous revelations as I am in the habit of making.
Salvador Dali
There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
Salvador Dali
Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.
Salvador Dali
Wars have never hurt anybody except the people who die.
Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.
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
I seated ugliness on my knee, and almost immediately grew tired of it.
Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
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

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
I have Dalinian thought: the one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.
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
Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.
Salvador Dali
The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.
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
Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic.
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.
Salvador Dali
The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.
Don't bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.
Salvador Dali
Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
Salvador Dali
The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.
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
We must always remember that the Chinese revolution was not a peasant's revolution, but one of the extreme Right.
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
I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.
Salvador Dali
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
I don't do drugs. I am drugs.
Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.
Liking money like I like it, is nothing less than mysticism. Money is a glory.
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