Salvador Dali's morning routine consisted of an important dose of self-affirmation. In 1953 he wrote: “Every morning upon awakening, I experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali, and I asked myself, wonderstruck, what prodigious thing will he do today, this Salvador Dali.”
Dali was a social lunchtime diner but developed somewhat of an interesting habit. For lunch, Dali often invited groups of friends to join him at expensive restaurants. After the meal, when it was the time to pay, Dali would take out his check book and cover the full amount for everyone’s course. Regardless of whether the waiter was looking, he’d flip the check and doodle on the back of it - for he well knew, that no sane person would cash in a check that had an original drawing by Salvador Dali. In this way, Dali avoid paying for lunch when eating out.
“The slumber with a key” is the phrase given to a daily power nap ritual practised by Salvador Dali. The Spanish artist regularly dozed off in his armchair, however, on the floor beside him was an upside plate. In his hand he’d hold a heavy metal key that would fall onto the plate below as he fell asleep - producing a loud noise that would instantly wake him. The moments between falling asleep and reawakening would stimulate creative ideas that served an inspiration to his surrealism masterpieces.