67 Salvador Dali Quotes From The Surreal Spanish Artist

Salvador Dali, a distinguished Spanish surrealist painter and printmaker, was born on May 11, 1904, in Figueras, Spain.

From a young age, Dali showcased sophisticated artistic skills, influenced by his middle-class upbringing and studies in fine arts in Madrid.

His exposure to Impressionism and Renaissance masters, coupled with his exploration of Sigmund Freud’s theories and his association with the Paris Surrealists, culminated in his mature artistic style.


Dali’s work, encompassing painting, graphic arts, film, sculpture, design, and photography, often integrated themes of dreams, the subconscious, sexuality, religion, science, and personal experience.

His notable works include “An Andalusian Dog,” “The Golden Age,” and “The Persistence of Memory.” From 1950 to 1970, Dali painted numerous religious-themed pieces.

Moreover, he ventured into theatre set design, shop interiors, jewelry design, and self-promotion in the US, where he lived from 1940-1955.

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Dali passed away on January 23, 1989, in Figueras, Spain, aged 84.

Here is a collection of quotes from Salvador Dali for you.

Salvador Dali Quotes


Money is a glory. ~ Salvador Dali.


I absolutely love life. ~ Salvador Dali.


Forever will be you and me. ~ Salvador Dali.


It is either easy or impossible. ~ Salvador Dali.


Let my enemies devour each other. ~ Salvador Dali.


Drawing is the honesty of the art. ~ Salvador Dali.


God is just another artist, like me. ~ Salvador Dali.


Life is too short to remain unnoticed. ~ Salvador Dali.


I am not strange. I am just not normal. ~ Salvador Dali.


Beauty should be edible, or not at all. ~ Salvador Dali.

Best Salvador Dali Quotes

I am a contradictory and paradoxical man. ~ Salvador Dali.

Knowing how to look is a way of inventing. ~ Salvador Dali.

Everything alters me, but nothing changes me. ~ Salvador Dali.

I’m going to live forever. Geniuses don’t die. ~ Salvador Dali.

Everything that is contradictory creates life. ~ Salvador Dali.

This grandiose tragedy that we call modern art. ~ Salvador Dali.

I shall be so brief that I have already finished. ~ Salvador Dali.

No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist. ~ Salvador Dali.

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it. ~ Salvador Dali.

Meaningful Salvador Dali Quotes

God invented man, and man invented the metric system. ~ Salvador Dali.

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. ~ Salvador Dali.

Genius has to pass over madness and madness over genius. ~ Salvador Dali.

Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality. ~ Salvador Dali.

Begin by learning to draw and paint like the old masters. ~ Salvador Dali.

What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it. ~ Salvador Dali.

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

The connoisseur does not drink wine but tastes its secrets. ~ Salvador Dali.

Liking money like I like it, is nothing less than mysticism. ~ Salvador Dali.

Whoever wants to engage people’s interest must provoke them. ~ Salvador Dali.

People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings. ~ Salvador Dali.

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

Thought-Provoking Salvador Dali Quotes

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents. ~ Salvador Dali.

A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others. ~ Salvador Dali.

I seated ugliness on my knee, and almost immediately grew tired of it. ~ Salvador Dali.

The problem with the youth of today is that one is no longer part of it. ~ Salvador Dali.

Repulsion is the sentry that guards the gate to all that we most desire. ~ Salvador Dali.

The difference between me and the surrealists is that I am a surrealist. ~ Salvador Dali.

The one and only thing the world will never have enough of is outrageous. ~ Salvador Dali.

If you understand your painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it. – Salvador Dali.

It’s better to have loved and lost than have forty pounds of laundry a week. ~ Salvador Dali.

An elegant woman is the one who despises you and has no hair under her arms. – Salvador Dali.

There comes a moment in every person’s life when they realize they adore me. ~ Salvador Dali.

Famous Salvador Dali Quotes

For me, love must be ugly, looks must be divine, and death must be beautiful. ~ Salvador Dali.

There are days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction. ~ Salvador Dali.

Man cannot change or escape his time. The eye sees the present and the future. ~ Salvador Dali.

Give me two hours a day of activity, and I’ll take the other twenty-two in dreams. ~ Salvador Dali.

The true painter must be able, with the most usual things, to have the most unusual ideas. ~ Salvador Dali.

I love my enemies when they are intelligent as much as I hate the stupid ones who defend me. ~ Salvador Dali.

I am the first to be surprised and often terrified by the images that I see appear on my canvas. ~ Salvador Dali.

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

There is just one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad. ~ Salvador Dali.

Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision. ~ Salvador Dali.

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

Powerful Salvador Dali Quotes

I want to perceive and understand the hidden powers and laws of things, in order to have them in my power. ~ Salvador Dali.

All of my knowledge, of both science and religion, I incorporate into the classical tradition of my painting. ~ Salvador Dali.

I do not understand why, when I ask for grilled lobster in a restaurant, I’m never served a cooked telephone. ~ Salvador Dali.

I do not paint a portrait to make it look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait. ~ Salvador Dali.

Nothing proves the truth of surrealism so much as photography. The Zeiss lens has unexpected faculties of surprise! ~ Salvador Dali.

You have to create confusion systematically, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life. ~ Salvador Dali.

I myself do not understand what my paintings mean while I am painting them; does not imply that they are meaningless. ~ 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.

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.

Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. ~ Salvador Dali.

There’s no greater bliss in life than when the plumber eventually comes to unblock your drains. No writer can give that sort of pleasure. ~ Salvador Dali.

If I’m going to be anything more than average, if anyone is going to remember me, then I need to go further, in art, in life, in everything! ~ Salvador Dali.

It is not important 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. ~ Salvador Dali.

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

The difference between false memories and true memories is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant. ~ Salvador Dali.

So these were the 67 top quotes about Salvador Dali.

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