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Dali Quotes


"Dali was Renaissance man converted to psychoanalysis." - Salvador Dali

"One thing I learned from his holiness the Dali Lama is the importance of humor." - Marina Abramovic

"Sometimes you're quite fortunate, being on the stage, getting to meet people like Salvador Dali." - Bryan Ferry

"Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure - that of being Salvador Dali." - Salvador Dali

"Salvador Dali and fifty cents will get you a cup of clock melt." - Tom Robbins

"I like Dali and Magritte. I also like the Scottish artist John Byrne, another surrealist." - Billy Connolly

"If I had a Salvador Dali painting, I would cuddle it to sleep." - Mac Miller

"Surrealism - in particular with Salvador Dali - was all about ego. It was all about extreme individualism." - Alejandro Jodorowsky

"All of my heroes, like Dali, are people who pioneered various forms of cinema." - Marilyn Manson

"Dali was the great painter then and surrealism was a way of life." - Vincente Minnelli

"Every morning upon awakening, I experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali, and I ask myself, wonderstruck, what prodigious thing will he do today, this Salvador Dali." - Salvador Dali

"Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy - the joy of being Salvador Dali - and I ask myself in rapture: What wonderful things this Salvador Dali is going to accomplish today?" - Salvador Dali

"It's Frank's painting on the cover. We were originally going to use a Salvador Dali painting that we got permission from Salvador Dali to use, and Frank found this one, and it really did fit the music much more." - Alice Cooper

"Dali had a good sense of humor - obviously you could tell just looking at him; he was funny." - Joe Grant

"Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish." - Steven Wright

"Playing Augusta is like playing a Salvador Dali landscape. I expected a clock to fall out of the trees and hit me in the face." - David Feherty

"I was nervous. I mean, I'd met the Beatles, and Elvis, and everybody, but this was Salvador Dali . This was like my history." - Alice Cooper

"He joked while Dali cut him, mangling the words with his monstrous jaws, snarled with a pretended rage and dramatically promised to "kirrrl youraaalll for this!" - Ilona Andrews

"I think that the boy-woman is a very strong image and a lot of fascinating women are like that: Gala [Dali]." - Sonia Rykiel

"Schiaparelli's collaborations with Dali and Cocteau as well as Prada's Fondazione Prada push art and fashion ever closer, in a direct, synergistic, and culturally redefining relationship." - Thomas P Campbell

"I dream in colour, and its always very surreal. My dream world is complete Hieronymus Bosch and Dali. I love it, I look forward to it every night" - John Lennon

"The two greatest strokes of luck that can happen to a painter are (1) to be Spanish, (2) to be called Dali" - Salvador Dali

"Schiaparelli's collaborations with Dali and Cocteau as well as Prada's Fondazione Prada push art and fashion ever closer, in a direct, synergistic, and culturally redefining relationship." - Thomas P Campbell

"All in Dali is indeed contrived, a brilliant illustration of his own psyche as he understands it, as opposed to how it truly may have been." - Wendy Beckett

"I did this movie about Salvador Dali a few years ago and had hair extensions and a little bob. That was incredibly bizarre." - Robert Pattinson

"Dali is like a man who hesitates between talent and genius, or, as one might once have said, between vice and virtue." - Andre Breton

"Schiaparelli's collaborations with Dali and Cocteau as well as Prada's Fondazione Prada push art and fashion ever closer, in a direct, synergistic, and culturally redefining relationship." - Thomas P Campbell

"I do shodo magic," Dali said. "I curse through calligraphy. I have to write the curse out on a piece of paper and I can't move while I do it. One smudge, and I might kill the lot of us." Oh good. "But don't worry." Dali waved her arms. "It's so precise, it usually doesn't work at all." Better and better." - Ilona Andrews

"I do shodo magic," Dali said. "I curse through calligraphy. I have to write the curse out on a piece of paper and I ca' move while I do it. One smudge, and I might kill the lot of us." Oh good. "But do' worry." Dali waved her arms. "It's so precise, it usually does' work at all." Better and better." - Ilona Andrews

"Whatever happens, my audience mustn't know whether I am spoofing or being serious; and likewise I mustn't know either. I am in a constant interrogation; when does the deep and philosophically valid Dali begin, and where does the looney and preposterous Dali end?" - Salvador Dali

"Look, Salvador Dali did not paint because he needed the money. No conversation about materialism and music makes sense. You make music and that's that, it doesn't matter why." - Robert Plant

"Salvador Dali seduced many ladies, particularly American ladies, but these seductions usually consisted of stripping them naked in his apartment, frying a couple of eggs, putting them on the woman's shoulders and, without a word, showing them the door." - Luis Bunuel

"How our old friend [Michelangelo] of the Sistine would have loved to photograph his workers, perched on the fragile planks. Dali was right to say Leonardo only worked from photographs." - Jean Cocteau

"I've got a very wide taste in art. I like Russian icon painters. I like Salvador Dali. It's like music. Sometimes you want to hear Led Zeppelin, and sometimes you want to hear Stravinsky. It just depends." - Peter Webber

"Luis Bunuel's two semishort surrealist hand grenades (cowritten in varying degrees with Salvador Dali) make a double bill that can restore your faith in the subversions of youth. Pure Spanish-Parisian piss and vinegar." - Luis Bunuel

"Dali likes me taking his picture because he is interested in pictures that do not simply reproduce reality. Even in photos he prefers to appear outside reality .That is surrealistic!" - Philippe Halsman

"Salvador Dali has been called kitsch, but, although some of this work may be grotesque, its brazenly self-conscious bad taste saves it from being true kitsch, which always strives to please." - Denis Dutton

"Dali Lama said, 'when you open the heart of the person with humor, you can tell him the most truth. But if you tell him truth without humor, the heart closes.'" - Marina Abramovic

"Where is automatism in the work of Chirico or Tanguy? Even Dali had to renounce it in order to be able to organize the space of the canvas according to the combined laws of dreams and pictorial aesthetics." - Dumitru Tepeneag

"I used to hang out with Salvador Dali a lot. He was such a nice man. I really liked his wife Gala, too. People say that she was tricky, but she was never difficult with me." - Jerry Hall

"I will be brief. Not nearly so brief as Salvador Dali, who gave the world's shortest speech. He said I will be so brief I have already finished, and he sat down." - Gene Fowler

"Art is about imagination. When you look at a picture from Salvador Dali, that's about imagination. When you look at Picasso, that's about imagination. Doing stuff from your heart." - Ll Cool J

"From 17 to 21, I was obsessed by sport and art. In art, I loved the pre-Raphaelites and Rembrandt first. Then I discovered Salvador Dali, and it was like finding something I already knew." - Anthony Browne

"Dali blinked at me. "Would you mind making coffee while you're dancing? I smell it on the bottom shelf, either first or second jar on the left." I opened the first jar and looked inside. Coffee. The label said BORAX. "What's up with the labels?" Dali shrugged. "You're in the house of a cat whose job is to spy. He thinks he's clever. I'd be careful with the silverware drawer. There might be a bomb in it." - Ilona Andrews

"Let me be the first to admit that the naked truth about me is to the naked truth about Salvador Dali as an old ukulele in the attic is to a piano in a tree, and I mean a piano with breasts. Senor Dali has the jump on me from the beginning. He remembers and describes in detail what it was like in the womb. My own earliest memory is of accompanying my father to a polling booth in Columbus, Ohio, where he voted for William McKinley." - James Thurber

"You need a name." I covered the receiver for a moment. "We need a team name." "Hunters," Raphael said. "Valiant Knights of the Fur," Dali said. "Justice Group," Jim said. "Since Justice League is taken." "Fools." Doolittle shook his head. "Fools," I said into the receiver." - Ilona Andrews

"Salvador [Dali] was brought up in Spain, a country colored by the legends of Hannibal, El Greco, and Cervantes. I was brought up in Ohio, a region steeped in the tradition of Coxey's Army, the Anti-Saloon League, and William Howard Taft." - James Thurber

"Being in the studio, it's more of a controlled environment, where you can be Salvador Dali and sit back and look at the painting. And you can go, 'Ah, you know what? Maybe a little bit more red over here...maybe add some blue over here.' You can sit back and look at the painting." - Zakk Wylde

"The Dali Lama and other notable Buddhist teachers have now indicated that since the world has plunged into a dark age, the information available in the tantras, which include the very, very powerful Kundalini release techniques, should be made available to the public." - Frederick Lenz

"When you see Hitler burning paintings by Salvador Dali and Picasso he's telling you that this time period and these men and this culture didn't exist, and I've seen that happen in other countries, Sudan for instance, it's not enough to kill them you have to destroy all of their markings that they left that was their history." - George Clooney

"I think what inspires me is in a constant state of's easier to stick to photographers and perhaps cinematographers, though the great medieval, Mannerist, and Baroque painters of Italian, Spanish, Flemish, and German origin are a constant source of inspiration, along with select modernists like Dali." - Anton Yelchin

"If I'm doing a logo, I'll do it in black and white. Once the form is feeling right, only then do I start exploring the color palettes. A good example was the process of rebranding the Salvador Dali Museum. I did at least 100 versions in black and white." - David Carson

"But Walt and him shared the same kind of optimism. Walt believed in himself, and he was optimistic about what he wanted to do. He just knew it will be okay, and Dali was the same way. They had a great deal in common that way." - John Hench

"I taught principally German language and literature at Eton. But any master with private pupils must be prepared to teach anything they ask for. That can be as diverse as the early paintings of Salvador Dali or how bumblebees manage to fly." - John Le Carre

"This idea of the body as a feast, it stems from Giuseppe Arcimboldo, moves to Viennese artists like Gunter Brus, and then you have Salvador Dali of course, then much later, Marina Abramovi&263; and Ulay, with their nude series in Italy. It's an ongoing conversation. There was nothing cruel about Meret's Oppenheim piece." - Rebecca Horn

"You know the worst thing is freedom. Freedom of any kind is the worst for creativity. You know, Dali spent two months in jail in Spain, and these two months were the most enjoyable and happy in my life. Before my jail period, I was always nervous, anxious. I didn't know if I should make a drawing, or perhaps make a poem, or go to the movies or the theatre, or catch a girl, or play with the boys. The people put me in jail, and my life became divine. Tremendous!" - Salvador Dali

"I'm not really interested in playing famous people. I prefer to create characters. And I hope I have an exciting enough life that somebody might make a movie about that one day. I don't want to make movies about other people. I was once approached about playing Salvador Dali, which I thought would've been fun until I found out that he was proud of kicking a blind man across the street. So, I decided, I didn't want to play that guy. So, I think I'll just keep it the way it is." - Nicolas Cage



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