Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.
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.
The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.
We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art.
In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society, it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. After that, be a snob.
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.
Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.
Instead of stubbornly attempting to use surrealism for purposes of subversion, it is necessary to try to make of surrealism something as solid, complete and classic as the works of museums.
Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure - that of being Salvador Dali.
Don't bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.
Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
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.
We must always remember that the Chinese revolution was not a peasant's revolution, but one of the extreme Right.
Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.
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.
Democratic societies are unfit for the publication of such thunderous revelations as I am in the habit of making.
Let my enemies devour each other.
The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.