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Notable quotes by Andy Warhol on change, time, future, slavery, life and other things.

98 Notable Quotes By Andy Warhol, The Author Of The Philosophy Of Andy Warhol

Quick Facts

Famous As
Pop Artist

Born On
06 August 1928 AD

Died On
22 February 1987 AD

Born In
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Died At Age
58

Andrew Warhol, better known as Andy Warhol, was an artist, author, intellectual and socialite from the United States, who is known as one of the most influential exponents of pop art and was regarded as one of the icons of the 1960s. Warhol attended the art course at University of Pittsburgh, before going on to gain his post graduate degree in commercial art from Carnegie Institute of Technology and found success as a commercial artist, designing magazine illustration. He also worked in advertising. However, he became far more famous when he became an artist later on and was particularly known for his rather controversial artistic tendencies. Warhol was adept at a variety of illustration techniques including hand drawing, simple painting, printmaking, silk screening and photography among others. On the other hand, he was one of the leading socialites of his era, who established Interview magazine and also authored two noted books titled, ‘Popism-The Warhol Sixties’ and ‘The Philosophy of Andy Warhol’. He was also friends with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and his studio was a favourite haunt of the who’s who of American entertainment. Here are some of the most interesting quotes by Andy Warhol.

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol

Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.

- Andy Warhol

People should fall in love with their eyes closed.

- Andy Warhol

Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, So what. That's one of my favorite things to say. So what.

- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol

Art is what you can get away with.

- Andy Warhol

As soon as you stop wanting something, you get it.

- Andy Warhol

The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting

- Andy Warhol

I never fall apart, because I never fall together.

- Andy Warhol

I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.

- Andy Warhol

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

- Andy Warhol

I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.

- Andy Warhol

I wonder if it's possible to have a love affair that lasts forever.

- Andy Warhol

Beauty is a sign of intelligence.

- Andy Warhol

I think everybody should be nice to everybody.

- Andy Warhol

You have to do stuff that average people don't understand because those are the only good things.

- Andy Warhol

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.

- Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol

Everybody must have a fantasy.

- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol

Sometimes the little times you don't think are anything while they're happening turn out to be what marks a whole period of your life.

- Andy Warhol

Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.

- Andy Warhol

Every song has a memory; every song has the ability to make or break your heart, shut down the heart, and open the eyes. But I’m afraid if you look at a thing long enough; it loses all of its meaning

- Andy Warhol

It’s not what you are that counts, it’s what they think you are.

- Andy Warhol

A picture means I know where I was every minute. That's why I take pictures. It's a visual diary.

- Andy Warhol

I like boring things.

- Andy Warhol

I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumours to my dogs.

- Andy Warhol

Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.

- Andy Warhol

I'm not afraid to die; I just don't want to be there when it happens

- Andy Warhol

I just do art because I’m ugly and there’s nothing else for me to do.

- Andy Warhol

In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.

- Andy Warhol

And your own life while it's happening to you never has any atmosphere until it's a memory.

- Andy Warhol

The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.

- Andy Warhol

I am a deeply superficial person.

- Andy Warhol

But I always say, one's company, two's a crowd, and three's a party

- Andy Warhol

Everyone winds up kissing the wrong person goodnight.

- Andy Warhol

The mystery was gone but the amazement was just starting.

- Andy Warhol

Fantasy love is much better than reality love. Never doing it is very exciting. The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.

- Andy Warhol

Fantasy love is much better than Reality Love.

- Andy Warhol

People should fall in love with their eyes closed. Just close your eyes. Don’t look and it’s magic

- Andy Warhol

If everyone isn't beautiful, then no one is.

- Andy Warhol

Isn't life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?

- Andy Warhol

You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.

- Andy Warhol

I believe in low lights and trick mirrors.

- Andy Warhol

I don't know where the artificial stops and the real starts.

- Andy Warhol

People need to be made more aware of the need to work at learning how to live because life is so quick and sometimes it goes away too quickly.

- Andy Warhol

During the 1960s, I think, people forgot what emotions were supposed to be. And I don't think they've ever remembered.

- Andy Warhol

I had a lot of dates, but I decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows.

- Andy Warhol

An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them.

- Andy Warhol

James Dean was the damaged but beautiful soul of our time.

- Andy Warhol

There are beautiful sounds in rock. Very lazy, dreamlike noises. You can forget about the lyrics in most songs. Just dig the noise, and you've got your sound...We're musical primitives.

- Andy Warhol

People's fantasies are what give them problems. If you didn't have fantasies you wouldn't have problems because you'd just take whatever was there.

- Andy Warhol

I think it would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor's finger.

- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol

You have to be willing to get happy about nothing.

- Andy Warhol

Everything has it's beauty but not everyone sees it

- Andy Warhol

Remember, they've never seen you before in their life.

- Andy Warhol

I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.

- Andy Warhol

Why do people spend their time being sad when they could be happy?

- Andy Warhol

The nicer I am, the more people think I'm lying.

- Andy Warhol

Most people in America think Art is a man's name.

- Andy Warhol

Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone’s got to take care of all your details.

- Andy Warhol

The idea is not to live forever, it is to create something that will.

- Andy Warhol

Sex is the biggest nothing of all time.

- Andy Warhol

It's the movies that have been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it.

- Andy Warhol

I never wanted to be a painter; I wanted to be a tap dancer.

- Andy Warhol

The world fascinates me.

- Andy Warhol

I’m really afraid to feel happy because it never lasts

- Andy Warhol

When I look around today, the biggest anachronism I see is pregnancy. I just can't believe that people are still pregnant.

- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol

I suppose I have a really loose interpretation of 'work,' because I think that just being alive is so much work at something you don't always want to do.

- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol

I never think that people die. They just go to department stores.

- Andy Warhol

Since people are going to be living longer and getting older, they'll just have to learn how to be babies longer.

- Andy Warhol

Everybody winds up kissing the wrong person goodnight.

- Andy Warhol

I always run into strong women who are looking for weak men to dominate them.

- Andy Warhol

I think pot should be legal. I don’t smoke it, but I like the smell of it.

- Andy Warhol

Kiss me with your eyes.

- Andy Warhol

Making money is art. And working is art. And good business is the best art.

- Andy Warhol

Just because people throw it out and don't have any use for it, doesn't mean it's garbage.

- Andy Warhol

I don't want to be smart, because being smart makes you depressed.

- Andy Warhol

When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.

- Andy Warhol

You can never predict what little things in the way somebody looks or talks or acts will set off peculiar emotional reactions in other people.

- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol

Everything is more glamorous when you do it in bed anyway.

- Andy Warhol

I'm bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is "In 15 minutes everybody will be famous.

- Andy Warhol

You know it's ART, when the check clears.

- Andy Warhol

The biggest price you pay for love is that you have to have somebody around, you can't be on your own, wich is always so much better.

- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol

I always notice flowers.

- Andy Warhol's Party Book, Andy Warhol

Security breeds stagnation.

- Andy Warhol

I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.

- Andy Warhol

In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." ~Andy Warhol 1968 He revised it in 1979: "In 15 minutes, everybody will be famous.

- Andy Warhol

If something's going to happen for you, it will, you can't make it happen. And it never does happen until you're past the point where you care whether it happens or not.

- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol

I believe in low light and trick mirrors. I believe in plastic surgery.

- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol

Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets

- Andy Warhol

The symptom of love is when some of the chemicals inside you go bad. So there must be something in love because your chemicals do tell you something.

- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol

People are always so boring when they band together. You have to be alone to develop all the idiosyncrasies that make a person interesting.

- Andy Warhol

History books are being re-written all the time

- Andy Warhol

Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.

- Andy Warhol

I never read. I just look at pictures.

- Andy Warhol

I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.

- Andy Warhol

Romance is finding your fantasy in people who don't have it.

- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol

La gente debe enamorarse con los ojos cerrados.

- Andy Warhol

The only time I ever want to be something is outside a party so I can get in.

- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol

They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

- Andy Warhol