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By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

In an artwork you're always looking for artistic decisions, so an ashtray is perfect. An ashtray has got life and death.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

In fact, the first piece of art I ever sold, I paid someone else to make the next one, so I could actually keep going out drinking.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

Making art, good art, is always a struggle. It can make you happy when you pull it off. There's no better feeling. It's beauteous. But it's always about hard work and inspiration and sweat and good ideas.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

But whenever I look at the question of how to live, the answer's always staring me in the face. I'm already doing it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

It's amazing what you can do with an E in A-Level art, a twisted imagination and a chainsaw.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

I just wanted to find out where the boundaries were. So far I've found there aren't any. I just wanted to be stopped, and no one will stop me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

Being best is a false goal, you have to measure success on your own terms.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

I believe all painting and art should be uplifting for the viewer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

Buy art, build a museum, put your name on it, let people in for free. That's as close as you can get to immortality.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

It's ridiculous what I do. I can't believe in it - but I have to.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

But the answer to how to live is to stop thinking about it. And just to live. But you're doing that anyway. However you intellectualise it, you still just live.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Damien Hirst

The spot paintings, the spin paintings, they're all a mechanical way to avoid the actual guy in a room, myself, with a blank canvas.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

I think I like big issues, but I don't believe in God or religion.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Damien Hirst

You've really got to get down on the floor with yourself and get low in order to make great art. I think you've just got to accept who you are and do the most unbelievable things.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

I definitely think about death. And every day your relationship with death changes. And every day I sort of feel like I know it more. I've always thought about it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

As a father, I would say I am more like a mother. I do a lot of hugging.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

I think an ashtray is the most fantastically real thing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

I can't wait to get into a position to make really bad art and get away with it. At the moment if I did certain things people would look at it, consider it and then say "f off". But after a while you can get away with things.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

I just hope that I can be kind of like the Beatles. I really like that kind of model. I like the way that without losing integrity they could change through fashion and not look back at the '60s and vomit when they saw what they'd done.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

But for me, from my point of view, I don't mind if it falls over... if you break the glass you replace the glass, if the sheep falls out you can always get a new sheep.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Damien Hirst

When it comes to the British monarchy, I prefer to be seduced by an image than presented with a real person. It's kind of a Warhol thing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Damien Hirst

You've got to be oblivious to other people, the push and pull of other people's opinions, the way other people measure success. It's then that you realize you are 100 percent who you are and you have to use that who-you-are 100 percent in order to create great things.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

But I could never make a judgement that something was obscene.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

Art is the closest you can get to immortality, though it's a poor substitute - you're working for people not yet born - and people want it because it is brilliant. It ends up in museums anyway; the rich have to give it back to the people, it's their only option. There are no pockets in a shroud.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

Immortality is really desirable, I guess. In terms of images, anyway.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Damien Hirst

When I used to do abstract paintings at school, like everyone else, the tutor said these would make great curtains. I would always neglect the formal stuff that was going on by using colour, because colour kind of came naturally to me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

The goal in life is to be solid, whereas the way that life works is totally fluid, so you can never actually achieve that goal.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

If the choice is between buying another building or a Pollock, I'd go for the Pollock every time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

I can’t wait to get into a position to make really bad art and get away with it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

It's such a crass idea - you're either in love or out of love.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

I liked The Beatles a lot when I was growing up.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

I think art is good at looking back and looking forward. I don't think art is good at looking head-on. At the end of the day, people are more important than paintings.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

I quite like it to be risky. I'm not ready to sit down in a chair with my name on it yet. I've arrived at that point in the art world where there really is a chair that you sit in.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

I was brought up Catholic, and I felt the power of art from a very young age - seeing the brutality of all those images of flayed apostles and tortured saints was a pretty strong introduction.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Damien Hirst

You have to step over the boundaries sometimes just to find out where theyare.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

Sensation is an element of what I do, and why not? It's not sensational for the sake of being sensational, but it's sensational art... It's like touching skin.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

Great art - or good art - is when you look at it, experience it and it stays in your mind. I don't think conceptual art and traditional art are all that different.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

I wanted a shark that's big enough to eat you, and in a large enough amount of liquid so that you could imagine you were in there with it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Damien Hirst

What I really like is minimum effort for maximum effect.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

A lot of people thought I wasn't doing anything because I was spending a lot of time socialising and going out, but I've always managed to get work actually done.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

Even as a kid in drawing class, I had real ambition. I wanted to be the best in the class, but there was always some other feller who was better; so I thought, It cant be about being the best, it has to be about the drawing itself, what you do with it. Thats kind of stuck with me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

I always feel a bit trapped when a painting goes for millions of pounds and only one person can have it. If you can have that as well as a poster on every student's wall, then you're in a very enviable position. I'd like to do a Damien Hirst for £500 at some point.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

I like the confusion you get between science and religion … that’s where belief lies and art as well.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

I was taught to confront things you can't avoid. Death is one of those things. To live in a society where you're trying not to look at it is stupid because looking at death throws us back into life with more vigour and energy. The fact that flowers don't last for ever makes them beautiful.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

But I always liked the fact that you get these totally unacceptable images, but they're taken by a really expensive photographer, with great light, and in terms of the quality of the photograph it's a great photograph, but in terms of imagery it's unacceptable, and I like that contradiction.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

As an artist, you don't stop making art because people are not buying it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

I love color. I feel it inside me. It gives me a buzz.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

So smoking is the perfect way to commit suicide without actually dying. I smoke because it's bad, it's really simple.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

As soon as something becomes art I think you get over the fear

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

Death's just something that inspires me, not something that pulls me down. I used to get called morbid at school. I have always loved horror films; I like being frightened.