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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

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

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

Because it's visual art, a lot of it comes from childhood experience but then a lot comes from the visual language - in advertising and stuff like that - which is around us.

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 15 Sep

Damien Hirst

What I really like is minimum effort for maximum effect.

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 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 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 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

Most people live in the city and go to the country at the weekend, and that's posh and aristocratic, but actually to live in the country and come to London when you can't take it any more is different.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Damien Hirst

The infinite possibilities. That's what used to do my nut in.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

I think suicide is the most perfect thing you can do in life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

I used to watch 'Top of the Pops' when I was a kid and say 'Yeah!' or 'Boo!' at every single song. So there was nothing in the middle. You brutally put it on one side or another.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

Art comes from everywhere. It's your response to your surroundings.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

Here's one from me: 'You have to be aware that everyone else is thinking far too hard about themselves to be thinking about you, whoever you are.' If you want it, you can have it. Once you know that, you can be free.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

Since I was a child, death is definitely something that I think about every day. But I think that everybody does. You try and avoid it, but it's such a big thing that you can't.

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 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

A painting probably is the most shocking increase in value, from what it costs to make to what you sell it for.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

I sometimes feel that I have nothing to say and I want to communicate this.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

I think money is important for everyone, because the lack of it is so painful.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

I mean, people listen to music, and they like that, but I think in England, a lot of people don't like contemporary art.

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 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 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

I think an ashtray is the most fantastically real thing.

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 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

Sometimes when you're drunk you can see better.

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

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 14 Sep

Damien Hirst

I think as an artist you have to reinvent yourself every day.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

As an artist you're looking for universal triggers. You want it both ways. You want it to have an immediate impact, and you want it to have deep meanings as well. I'm striving for both. But I hate it when people write things that sound like they've swallowed a f... dictionary.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

I always try to make everyone mellow down, make sure everybody's happy. The people I have employed have always kind of stayed with us. A lot of people who come to work for you are artists in their own right. And they want to work for you because they want to pick something 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 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 15 Sep

Damien Hirst

You can always tell a great painting, because when you get close there are all these nervous marks.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Damien Hirst

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

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 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

For me, art is always a kind of theater. When I started the spot paintings I made them as an endless series. But I was never serious about it being an endless series. It was just an implied endless series. The theater means you just have to make it look good for that moment in the spotlight.

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

I've never learned to drive because I get lots of ideas when I'm a passenger in a car. I love to get in a car with a driver and just think and work things out.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

I did a load of medicine cabinets a long time ago and I named them after Sex Pistols songs. I suppose I must be getting old if I'm naming work after Philip Larkin poems.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

I have titles floating around in my head; I have sculptures floating around in my head. It's like a collage.

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

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 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

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

Art goes on in your head. If you said something interesting, that might be a title for a work of art and I'd write it down.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damien Hirst

I did a butterfly show in Berlin, and we had a guy who's an expert on butterflies; who bred them all and who looks after them all in the space.