15 Quotes by Salvador Dali To inspire Artists

15 Quotes by Salvador Dali To inspire Artists on Jung Katz Art Blog

Ah, Salvador Dali, you’d think I would’ve done a post on quotes by him first, seeing as how the avatar I use when writing people back in the comments is a picture of him. No, I am not some French man named Jung. That’s only who I pretend to be on the internet. If you were to read our about, I’m actually a young woman. Though if I ever was a famous artist reincarnated, it would probably be him, at least personality-wise.

Salvador Dalí was a Spanish surrealist painter among other things (photographer, sculptor, etc.) who, as put by Wikipedia, “enjoyed indulging in unusual and grandiose behavior. His eccentric manner and attention-grabbing public actions sometimes drew more attention than his artwork, to the dismay of those who held his work in high esteem, and to the irritation of his critics.” He is best known for his painting The Persistence of Memory (or the melty-clock painting).

1. “I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.”
Drugs do me.

2. “There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.”
And it is only by knowing yourself that you are able to use these qualities to your advantage. Even if those qualities are being mad.

3. “Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure – that of being Salvador Dali.”
Screw waking up feeling like P Diddy.

4. “The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.”
As Oscar Wilde once said, “Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.”

5. “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.”
It’s got to be if you want to overcome being a starving artist.

6. “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”
And a bird without wings will never touch the sky.

7. “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
Perfection is a delusion.

8. “Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.”
Everything has been done before, but not in every way possible.

9. “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.”
In order to avoid mistakes, you must know what they really are. Some mistakes may become part of what is unique about your style.

10. “Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”
It’s like seeing into a dream.

11. “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.”
Don’t let others replace your fantastic original thoughts and ideas with ideas that are common, cliche, and safe.

12. “I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.”
Why paint something you can already see?

13. “I have Dalinian thought: the one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.”
Hey, just look at how popular Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and Justin Bieber (or at least his actions) are. I cringe a bit just thinking that I mentioned such celebrities in a Salvador Dali article.

14. “Don’t bother about being modern. Unfortunately, it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.”
“Modern” is such a vague word, we are all modern because we all live now.

15. “It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.”
Good taste is bad taste when it is common taste.

Help Salvador Dali’s words of wisdom to live on and pass this on! Have any words of wisdom you’d care to share as well? Leave a comment.


  1. I love those quotes and Iove Dali. I first saw his art when I lived in London in the early ’70s. He woke something in me as I realised surreal work really spoke to my soul. But it wasn’t until I was in my ‘fifties that I started creating artwork and then, when I was living in Victoria, Australia, I saw a Dali exhibition at the Victorian Art Gallery. I was so emotional at re-connecting with something in my youth which gave me a glimpse of the magic great art can unlock in your heart. I really was in tears as I looked at the paintings and could see the brush strokes so clearly.


    1. Wow, that’s incredible. I hope to someday see a real Salvador Dali painting in real life. He is easily one of my favorite famous artists. Thanks for the wonderfully written comment, and thanks for reading! :)


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