“You know the worst thing is freedom. Freedom of any kind is the worst for creativity. You know, Dalí 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 Dalí in an interview by Victor Bockris, 1974
“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 Dalí, Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp (1987) by Pierre Cabanne
“For years his [Napoleon Bonaparte] attitude of Olympian pride, the white and well-fed strip of his smooth belly, the feverish pink flesh of those imperial cheeks, the indecent, melodic, and categorical black of the spectral outline of his hat, corresponded exactly to the ideal model I had chosen for myself; the king.”—
Salvador Dalí, aged seven, wanted to be Napoleon. Since boyhood his ambition grew even greater though, till all he could aim for was to be Salvador Dalí.
“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.”—Salvador Dalí (via substancem)