98 Notable Quotes By Andy Warhol, The Author Of The Philosophy Of Andy Warhol
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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. Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches. People should fall in love with their eyes closed. 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. Art is what you can get away with. As soon as you stop wanting something, you get it. The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting I never fall apart, because I never fall together. I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want. It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning. I wonder if it's possible to have a love affair that lasts forever. Beauty is a sign of intelligence. I think everybody should be nice to everybody. You have to do stuff that average people don't understand because those are the only good things. An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have. Everybody must have a fantasy. 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. Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery. 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 It’s not what you are that counts, it’s what they think you are. A picture means I know where I was every minute. That's why I take pictures. It's a visual diary. I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumours to my dogs. 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. I'm not afraid to die; I just don't want to be there when it happens I just do art because I’m ugly and there’s nothing else for me to do. In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes. And your own life while it's happening to you never has any atmosphere until it's a memory. The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do. I am a deeply superficial person. But I always say, one's company, two's a crowd, and three's a party Everyone winds up kissing the wrong person goodnight. The mystery was gone but the amazement was just starting. 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. Fantasy love is much better than Reality Love. People should fall in love with their eyes closed. Just close your eyes. Don’t look and it’s magic If everyone isn't beautiful, then no one is. Isn't life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves? You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you. I believe in low lights and trick mirrors. I don't know where the artificial stops and the real starts. 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. During the 1960s, I think, people forgot what emotions were supposed to be. And I don't think they've ever remembered. I had a lot of dates, but I decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows. 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. James Dean was the damaged but beautiful soul of our time. 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. 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. I think it would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor's finger. You have to be willing to get happy about nothing. Everything has it's beauty but not everyone sees it Remember, they've never seen you before in their life. I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic. Why do people spend their time being sad when they could be happy? The nicer I am, the more people think I'm lying. Most people in America think Art is a man's name. Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone’s got to take care of all your details. The idea is not to live forever, it is to create something that will. Sex is the biggest nothing of all time. 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. I never wanted to be a painter; I wanted to be a tap dancer. I’m really afraid to feel happy because it never lasts When I look around today, the biggest anachronism I see is pregnancy. I just can't believe that people are still pregnant. 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. I never think that people die. They just go to department stores. Since people are going to be living longer and getting older, they'll just have to learn how to be babies longer. Everybody winds up kissing the wrong person goodnight. I always run into strong women who are looking for weak men to dominate them. I think pot should be legal. I don’t smoke it, but I like the smell of it. Making money is art. And working is art. And good business is the best art. Just because people throw it out and don't have any use for it, doesn't mean it's garbage. I don't want to be smart, because being smart makes you depressed. When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships. 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. Everything is more glamorous when you do it in bed anyway. I'm bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is "In 15 minutes everybody will be famous. You know it's ART, when the check clears. 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. Security breeds stagnation. I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic. 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. 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. I believe in low light and trick mirrors.
I believe in plastic surgery. Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets 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. People are always so boring when they band together. You have to be alone to develop all the idiosyncrasies that make a person interesting.
History books are being re-written all the time
Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.
I never read. I just look at pictures.
I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.
Romance is finding your fantasy in people who don't have it.
The only time I ever want to be something is outside a party so I can get in. They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.