Salvador Dali Quotes

A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others. Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it. I am not strange. I am just not normal. Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision. The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it. It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself. There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction. 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. Everything alters me, but nothing changes me. The sole difference between myself and a madman is the fact that I am not mad. So little of what could happen does happen. Let my enemies devour each other. Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life. 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. 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. Beauty should be edible, or not at all. People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings. The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.

Salvador Dali

1904 - 1989