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Damien Hirst
June 7, 1965 -
Nationality: British
Category: Artist
Subcategory: British Artist

But I'm more interested in why people are frightened by Jaws and why Jaws was such a hit than saying Spielberg's my main influence.


It's good to have a title that's not just one word. If you're gonna title it, you might as well try and say something.


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


It'd be nice to make lots of money but it's quite difficult, because every time I make lots of money I make a bigger piece that costs lots of money.


My Mum brought me up to believe that if you look after the pennies then the pounds look after themselves, and I could never do it.


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.


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.


Sometimes when you're drunk you can see better.


I always ignore money.


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.


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.


There's no possible way you can get what you want.


I think an ashtray is the most fantastically real thing.


Artists are like everybody else.


I always feel like the art's there and I just see it, so it's not really a lot of work.


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


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


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


I made one untitled piece.


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


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