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Daily Inspiration: Salvador Dali’s Advice

Surrealist artist Salvador Dali had a lot of ideas. He once proclaimed that he “didn’t take drugs, he was drugs,” and it could be argued the man had an ego the size of Texas. Occasionally when he wasn’t being generally abrasive (as he was known to often be) and prolific in his output of paintings, photographs, films, and drawings, he also took some time to reflect on what was going on in his creative life. I’ve put together some beautiful truths Dali found when he wasn’t busy cooking lobster telephones or making silent films. I found these quotes a surprise in how meditative and helpful they were to leading a grounded artistic existence, coming from a man who painted a portrait of his wife with a lamb chop on her shoulder.

"Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it."
"Those who do not want to imitate anything produce nothing."
"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."
"Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad. "

"Dali" by Lovering Arts