The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad.
When the creations of a genius collide with the mind of a layman, and produce an empty sound, there is little doubt as to which is at fault.
Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.
Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.
I have Dalinian thought: the one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.
The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.
Topics: Success & Failure
I would awake at sunrise, and without washing or dressing sit down before the easel which stood right beside my bed. Thus the first image I saw on awakening was the painting I had begun, as it was the last I saw in the evening when I retired … I spent the whole day seated before my easel, my eyes staring fixedly, trying to ‘see’, like a medium (very much so indeed), the images that would spring up in my imagination. Often I saw these images exactly situated in the painting. Then, at the point commanded by them, I would paint, paint with the hot taste in my mouth that panting hunting dogs must have at the moment when they fasten their teeth into the game killed that very instant by a well-aimed shot. At times I would wait whole hours without any such images occuring. Then, not painting, I would remain in suspense, holding up one paw, from which the brush hung motionless, ready to pounce again upon the oneiric landscape of my canvas the moment the next explosion of my brain brought a new victim of my imagination bleeding to the ground.
Topics: The Artist
I seated ugliness on my knee, and almost immediately grew tired of it.
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 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.
Topics: Respect, Respectability
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.
Wars have never hurt anybody except the people who die.
Don’t bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.
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 Baghdad’s of his dreams to rise from the dust.
The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.
Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic.
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