Quotes by: Damien Hirst

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I'm 43. I'm not ready to sit down in a chair with my name on it yet.
Damien Hirst
You'd never look at a Rembrandt and say, 'That's just wood and canvas and paint - how much?!' It's all about how many people want it. It works on a pair of jeans as well - they're just material and stitching, and as soon as you walk out of the shop, they're worth nothing.
Damien Hirst
I have always been aware that you have to get people listening before you can change their minds. Any artist's big fear is being ignored, so if you get debate, that's great.
Damien Hirst
It's a great advantage to be able to play people off against each other, isn't it? You go to Christie's and get a quote on something. And then you go to Phillips' and you tell them what Christie's has given you. I like auctions for artists.
Damien Hirst
The goal in life is to be solid, whereas the way that life works is totally fluid, so you can never actually achieve that goal.
Damien Hirst
I always feel like the art's there and I just see it, so it's not really a lot of work.
Damien Hirst
But the answer to how to live is to stop thinking about it. And just to live. But you're doing that anyway. However you intellectualise it, you still just live.
Damien Hirst
Making art, good art, is always a struggle. It can make you happy when you pull it off. There's no better feeling. It's beauteous. But it's always about hard work and inspiration and sweat and good ideas.
Damien Hirst
Whenever I've been well-known or hitting the press, I've always had to get my credit card out to prove I'm Damien Hirst.
Damien Hirst
I've had laser eye surgery and I don't wear glasses any more, so people just go, 'You're not Damien Hirst.' I don't get recognized on the street.
Damien Hirst
No, I don't believe in genius. I believe in freedom. I think anyone can do it. Anyone can be like Rembrandt.
Damien Hirst
I used to watch 'Top of the Pops' when I was a kid and say 'Yeah!' or 'Boo!' at every single song. So there was nothing in the middle. You brutally put it on one side or another.
Damien Hirst
The spot paintings and spin paintings were trying to find mechanical ways to make paintings.
Damien Hirst
I had a passport where I wrote 'artist' under 'occupation' and I remember thinking, 'That's it, it's proved!'
Damien Hirst
When it comes to the British monarchy, I prefer to be seduced by an image than presented with a real person. It's kind of a Warhol thing.
Damien Hirst
The idea of being a painter, I've always thought, is better than being an artist or a sculptor.
Damien Hirst
My Mum brought me up to believe that if you look after the pennies then the pounds look after themselves, and I could never do it.
Damien Hirst
A painting probably is the most shocking increase in value, from what it costs to make to what you sell it for.
Damien Hirst
I was brought up Catholic, and I felt the power of art from a very young age - seeing the brutality of all those images of flayed apostles and tortured saints was a pretty strong introduction.
Damien Hirst
I used to believe I was going to live forever. And then you suddenly become aware that you're not.
Damien Hirst
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