Quotes from “The Secret Life of Salvador Dali”

secret life salvador dali

In the aesthetic point of view freedom is formlessness.

The ever-perspicacious reader will already have discovered without difficulty that modesty is not my specialty.

I have always had an answer for everything, and this time I also had one.

I understood almost nothing of what I read, and this in itself filled me with pride and satisfaction.

My immeasurable arrogance always immunized me against being affected by anything.

It was the first and the last time in my life that for several minutes I lost faith in myself.

My position was that happiness or unhappiness is an ultra-individual matter having nothing to do with the structure of society, the standard of living or the political rights of the people.

Only beings composed of nothingness and mediocrity are capable of elevating themselves a little with alcohol.

One maxim became axiomatic for my spirit: If you decide to wage a war for the total triumph of your individuality, you must begin by inexorably destroying those who have the greatest affinity with you. All alliance depersonalizes; everything that tends to the collective is your death; use the collective, therefore, as an experiment, after which strike hard, and remain alone!

I do not understand why, when I ask for a grilled lobster in a restaurant, I am never served a cooked telephone;

With me no one could ever tell where humor ended and my congenital fanaticism began, so that people soon got used to letting me do whatever I wanted.

After three days of furiously jerking fortune’s cock it ejaculated in a spasm of gold!

Very rich people have always impressed me; very poor people, like the fishermen of Port Lligat, have likewise impressed me; average people, not at all.

I have never understood the rapidity with which I became popular.

War had transformed men into savages. Their sensibility had become degraded. One could see only things that were terribly enlarged and unbalanced. After a long diet of nitro-glycerine, everything that did not explode went unperceived.

I have never succeeded in learning the alphabet by heart, and when I need to look up something in the dictionary all I have to do is to open it at random, and I always find what I am looking for.

“To rest,” for me, meant to begin immediately to paint twelve hours a day instead of resting.