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169 Inspiring Quotes by Andy Warhol

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Wikipedia Summary for Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol (born Andrew Warhola; August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist, film director, and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, advertising, and celebrity culture that flourished by the 1960s, and span a variety of media, including painting, silkscreening, photography, film, and sculpture. Some of his best known works include the silkscreen paintings Campbell's Soup Cans (1962) and Marilyn Diptych (1962), the experimental films Empire (1964) and Chelsea Girls (1966), and the multimedia events known as the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966–67).

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Warhol initially pursued a successful career as a commercial illustrator. After exhibiting his work in several galleries in the late 1950s, he began to receive recognition as an influential and controversial artist. His New York studio, The Factory, became a well-known gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons. He promoted a collection of personalities known as Warhol superstars, and is credited with inspiring the widely used expression "15 minutes of fame". In the late 1960s he managed and produced the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founded Interview magazine. He authored numerous books, including The Philosophy of Andy Warhol and Popism: The Warhol Sixties. He lived openly as a gay man before the gay liberation movement. In June 1968, he was almost killed by radical feminist Valerie Solanas who shot him inside his studio.

After gallbladder surgery, Warhol died of cardiac arrhythmia in February 1987 at the age of 58.

Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books, and feature and documentary films. The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city of Pittsburgh, which holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives, is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. Many of his creations are very collectible and highly valuable. The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is US$105 million for a 1963 canvas titled Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster); his works include some of the most expensive paintings ever sold. A 2009 article in The Economist described Warhol as the "bellwether of the art market".

orange abstract painting

The mystery was gone but the amazement was just starting.

--Andy Warhol

shallow depth of field photography of sunflower

Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.

--Andy Warhol

white and black bird

There is beauty in everything, Just not everybody sees it.

--Andy Warhol

green mountains beside lake under blue sky during daytime

Look poor, think rich.

--Andy Warhol

brown leaf tree facing the lake

If you wear a wig, everybody notices. But if you then dye the wig, people notice the dye.

--Andy Warhol

woman standing on forest

I went to vote once, but I got too scared. I couldn't decide whom to vote for.

--Andy Warhol

black Sony point-and-shoot camera on yellow surface

I thought that young people had more problems than old people...Then I looked around and saw that everybody who looked young had young problems and that everybody who looked old had old problems.

--Andy Warhol


photo of brown wood slab

Fantasy love is much better than reality love.

--Andy Warhol


brown and black leaf in close up photography

Everybody winds up kissing the wrong person goodnight.

--Andy Warhol

black textile on white background

I admit to having worn suede and leather pants myself for a while, but you just never feel clean, and it's degenerate, anyway, to wear animal skins.... So I went back to bluejeans after my degenerate period.

--Andy Warhol

red and black logo

Perception precedes reality.

--Andy Warhol

closeup photography of brown and gray concrete bricks

Love and sex can go together and sex and unlove can go together and love and unsex can go together. But personal love and personal sex is bad.

--Andy Warhol

yellow and white painted wall

Whenever I'm interested in something, I know the timing's off, because I'm always interested in the right thing at the wrong time. I should just be getting interested after I'm not interested any more.

--Andy Warhol

green grass field

The key of the success of Studio 54 is that it's a dictatorship at the door and a democracy on the dance floor.

--Andy Warhol



brown wooden dockside beside sea

New York restaurants are about selling atmospheres.

--Andy Warhol

blue flower in close up photography

I think everybody should like everybody.

--Andy Warhol


black pug puppy lying on gray bed

It must be hard to be a model, because you'd want to be like the photograph of you, and you can't ever look that way.

--Andy Warhol

empty gray floor beside pool

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


black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

I like church. It's empty when I go. I walk around. There are so many beautiful Catholic churches in New York.

--Andy Warhol

pink tree

Everyone needs a fantasy.

--Andy Warhol

clear liquid on leaf

I want to die with my blue jeans on.

--Andy Warhol

low angle view of blue clouds

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

--Andy Warhol

photography of white wall lot

I used to think that everything was just being funny but now I don't know. I mean, how can you tell?

--Andy Warhol

mountains covered with fog

Employees make the best dates. You don't have to pick them up and they're always tax-deductible.

--Andy Warhol

yellow Labrador puppy running on field

Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art.

--Andy Warhol

Longer Version:

Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.


body of water under blue sky with stars

You'd be surprised how many people want to hang an electric chair on their living-room wall. Specially if the background color matches the drapes.

--Andy Warhol

black textile in close up photography

You should always have a product that has nothing to do with who you are or what people think about you... so that you never start thinking that your product is you, or your fame or your aura.

--Andy Warhol


woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

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

--Andy Warhol


group of people inside the room in grayscale photo

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

--Andy Warhol

yellow and white abstract painting

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.

--Andy Warhol


snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

Voyeurism is a director's job description. It's an artist's, too.

--Andy Warhol

silhouette of a woman with pink and purple sky

It's the movies that have really 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

green leafed plant

Land really is the best art.

--Andy Warhol

foggy mountain summit

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

--Andy Warhol

worm's eye view of trees during night time

I'm really afraid to feel happy because it never lasts.

--Andy Warhol



forest at daytime

I learned that you actually have more power when you shut up.

--Andy Warhol

water on seashore

I've never made the separation between, say, the museum and the hardware store. I mean, I enjoy both of them, and I want to combine the two.

--Andy Warhol

blue sky with stars during night time

People sometimes say the way things happen in the movies is unreal, but actually, it's the way things happen to you in life that's unreal.

--Andy Warhol


person with blue paint on hand

Sex is the biggest nothing of all time.

--Andy Warhol

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I met someone on the street who said wasn't it great that we're going to have a movie star for president, that it was so Pop, and (laughs) when you think about it like that, it is great, it's so American.

--Andy Warhol

silhouette of mountain under starry night

Everybody must have a fantasy.

--Andy Warhol

cup of latte on table

I like boring things.

--Andy Warhol

yellow flower field under clear sky

I don't believe people die. They just go uptown. To Bloomingdales. They just take longer to get back.

--Andy Warhol

rock mountain during starry night

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

--Andy Warhol

gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves

Wasting money puts you in a real party mood.

--Andy Warhol

library shelf near black wooden ladder

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

--Andy Warhol

gray concrete painted wall

I think video is the best market. When the cassette market comes out, if you just do movies that nobody else can do, that'll be the new way.

--Andy Warhol

Arizona landscape rain

All photography is Pop, and all photographers are crazy... they feel guilty since they don't have to do very much -- just push a button.

--Andy Warhol

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

Switzerland is my favorite place now, because it's so -- nothing. There is absolutely nothing to do.

--Andy Warhol

purple and white light illustration

I read an article on me once that described my machine-method of silk-screen copying and painting: 'What a bold and audacious solution, what depths of the man are revealed in this solution!' What does that mean?

--Andy Warhol

yellow flower field near mountain during daytime

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

--Andy Warhol

sunset

Pop art is a way of liking things.

--Andy Warhol

photo of brown wood slab

Business Art is the step that comes after Art.

--Andy Warhol

cup of latte on table

Pop art is for everyone.

--Andy Warhol

3 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime

When you stop wanting something, you get it.

--Andy Warhol

blue sky

When I think about what sort of person I would most like to have on a retainer, I think it would be a boss. A boss who could tell me what to do, because that makes everything easy when you're working.

--Andy Warhol

yellow and white abstract painting

Maybe the reason my memory is so bad is that I always do at least two things at once. It's easier to forget something you only half-did or quarter did.

--Andy Warhol

white rose enclosed photograph

I like to work when I'm not working -- do something that may not be considered work, but to me it's work. Getting exercise by going to the grocery store.

--Andy Warhol

Arizona landscape

Living in New York City gives people real incentives to want things that nobody else wants.

--Andy Warhol


pink and teal striped textile

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.

--Andy Warhol

Longer Version:

Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, "So what."
"My mother didn't love me." So what.
"My husband won't ball me." So what.
"I'm a success but I'm still alone." So what.
I don't know how I made it through all the years before I learned how to do that trick. It took a long time for me to learn it, but once you do, you never forget.


selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

Success is what sells.

--Andy Warhol


Arizona landscape rain

The reason I'm painting this way is that I want to be a machine, and I feel that whatever I do and do machine-like is what I want to do.

--Andy Warhol



person holding sunflower

I want to be a machine.

--Andy Warhol

rock formation surrounding by body of water

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

--Andy Warhol

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So many people have so many problems. When you think that health is wealth, you're so grateful just to be normal, more or less. Aren't you?

--Andy Warhol

fan of 1 US dollar banknotes and coins on beige surface

Sociological critics are waste makers.

--Andy Warhol


black dog photography

Fashion is more art than art is.

--Andy Warhol

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I never fall apart, because I never fall together.

--Andy Warhol

yellow sunflower in close up photography

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

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

Checks aren't money.

--Andy Warhol


pink flower

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

--Andy Warhol

black textile in close up photography

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

--Andy Warhol

aerial photo of foggy mountains

I think an artist is anybody who does something well, like if you cook well.

--Andy Warhol


brown sand under blue sky during daytime

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

--Andy Warhol

empty gray floor beside pool

Being in business is the most fascinating kind of art.
Making money is art and working is art, and good business is the best art.

--Andy Warhol


leafless tree under gray sky

Now and then, someone would accuse me of being evil -- of letting people destroy themselves while I watched, just so I could film them and tape-record them. But I didn't think of myself as evil -- just realistic.

--Andy Warhol

long-coated white and brown puppy

Human beings are born solitary, but everywhere they are in chains -- daisy chains -- of interactivity. Social actions are makeshift forms, often courageous, sometimes ridicilous, always strange.

--Andy Warhol

boat docked near house

It's great not to be a collector.

--Andy Warhol

Arizona landscape snow

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

--Andy Warhol

black bird flying under white clouds during daytime

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

--Andy Warhol

None

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.

--Andy Warhol

bird's eye view of desert

I think kids should go to high school until they're 30. No, really, because people are staying younger now and there's nothing to do. If you stayed longer, then it would be really great.

--Andy Warhol

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

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

--Andy Warhol

black Sony point-and-shoot camera on yellow surface

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


red rose

We live in an age when the traditional great subjects -- the human form, the landscape, even newer traditions such as abstract expressionism -- are daily devalued by commercial art.

--Andy Warhol

sunset

I do the same thing everyday. I go to work and paint. I try to turn out as many pictures as I can.

--Andy Warhol


four person standing beside wall

I smoke pot because I want to go to heaven before I die.

--Andy Warhol

man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime

The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting.

--Andy Warhol

body of water during daytime

Business art is the step that comes after Art. I started as a commercial artist, and I want to finish as a business artist.

--Andy Warhol


green trees beside lake during daytime

The world fascinates me.

--Andy Warhol

body of water near mountains

Kiss me with your eyes.

--Andy Warhol

brown and white long coated small dog lying on green grass

People in uniform always look so great.

--Andy Warhol

fine trees waving

Fashion wasn't what you wore someplace anymore; it was the whole reason for going.

--Andy Warhol

closeup photography of wall

Even beauties can be unattractive. If you catch a beauty in the wrong light at the right time, forget it. I believe in low lights and trick mirrors. I believe in plastic surgery.

--Andy Warhol

white board beside pencil and tape

The mosquito is the state bird of New Jersey.

--Andy Warhol

purple and green light digital wallpaper

I'd asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady friend asked the right question, 'Well, what do you love most?' That's how I started painting money.

--Andy Warhol

desert grassland

When you think about it, department stores are kind of like museums.

--Andy Warhol

silhouette of trees during sunset

My fascination with letting images repeat and repeat -- or in film's case 'run on' -- manifests my belief that we spend much of our lives seeing without observing.

--Andy Warhol

full moon during day

I think the first photograph I did was a ballplayer. It was a way of showing action or something.

--Andy Warhol

black and white window illustration

The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.

--Andy Warhol

yellow and white abstract painting

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 machinery is always going. Even when you sleep.

--Andy Warhol

white and pink plastic bottles

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

--Andy Warhol

Longer Version:

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.


clear drinking glass with beer on black table

Art is what you can get away with.

--Andy Warhol

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

If you're not trying to be real, you don't have to get it right. That's art.

--Andy Warhol




sunset

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

--Andy Warhol

sunset

When the Woolworth's-Hot-Fudge-Sundae switch goes on, then I know I really have something.

--Andy Warhol

black and white bird on seashore

I always thought I'd like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I'd like it to say 'figment.'

--Andy Warhol

girl leaning on wall during daytime

Rodeo Drive is a giant butterscotch sundae.

--Andy Warhol

green trees

Don't think about making art, just get it done.

--Andy Warhol

Longer Version:

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.


galaxy

Exposure and attention make a work famous -- the more you talk about it, the more attention it gets, the more validity it achieves.

--Andy Warhol

fan of 1 US dollar banknotes and coins on beige surface

I always notice flowers.

--Andy Warhol

yellow flower field under clear sky

I broke something and realized I should break something once a week to remind me how fragile life is.

--Andy Warhol

adult black and tan dachshund

You have to be willing to get happy about nothing.

--Andy Warhol

white printer paper on brown wooden table

So many people seem to prefer my silver-screenings of movie stars to the rest of my work. It must be the subject matter that attracts them, because my death and violence paintings are just as good.

--Andy Warhol

blue and white abstract painting

If you're traveling for five years or something like that, you're going somewhere. But five years are being used up, and you don't have to do anything. You just sit on the plane. That might make time go really fast.

--Andy Warhol

pink, red, and black digital wallpaper

What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest.

--Andy Warhol

Longer Version:

What's great about this country is America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good.


man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

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

Arizona landscape

Just like New Yorkers themselves, the trees in New York city work harder than any others in the world.

--Andy Warhol

brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime

Once you 'got' Pop, you could never see a sign again the same way again. And once you thought Pop, you could never see America the same way again.

--Andy Warhol

blooming yellow sunflower field

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

--Andy Warhol


sunset with agave stem

I never read. I just look at pictures.

--Andy Warhol

red roses on book

I used to drink Coke all the time. It was so good. It gives you a lot of energy.

--Andy Warhol

pug lying on pet bed

I just happen to like ordinary things. When I paint them, I don't try to make them extraordinary. I just try to paint them ordinary-ordina ry.

--Andy Warhol

woman singing on stage

Day after day I look in the mirror and I still see something.

--Andy Warhol

blue sky with white clouds

The moment you label something, you take a step-I mean, you can never go back again to seeing it unlabelled.

--Andy Warhol


yellow green leaf

I could have told her that if something is disappointing I know it's not nothing because nothing is not disappointing.

--Andy Warhol


body of water

When I got my first TV set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships with other people.

--Andy Warhol


people inside temple painting

Bad taste makes the day go by faster.

--Andy Warhol

five silhouette of birds flying on sky

Art? That's a man's name.

--Andy Warhol


white and blue sky during daytime

I can't remember my dreams more than a couple of seconds after I wake up. It's frustrating because sometimes I dream that I'm watching a really good movie.

--Andy Warhol

Oak Creek Sedona

New things are always better than old things.

--Andy Warhol

purple flowered hedge plants

Sometimes something can look beautiful just because it's different in some way from the other things around it. One red petunia in a window box will look very beautiful if all the rest of them are white, and vice-versa.

--Andy Warhol

pink dahlia in bloom

Money has a certain kind of amnesty.

--Andy Warhol

leafless tree under gray sky

I get so tired of painting. I've been trying to give it up all the time, if we could just make a living out of movies or the newspaper business or something. It's so boring, painting the same picture over and over.

--Andy Warhol

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Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery. People are working every minute. The machinery is always going. Even when you sleep.

--Andy Warhol

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

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

--Andy Warhol

shade under a green-leafed tree

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

--Andy Warhol

shorebird on pier

After being alive, the next hardest work is having sex.

--Andy Warhol

Longer Version:

After being alive, the next hardest work is having sex. Of course, for some people it isn't work because they need the exercise and they've got the energy for the sex and the sex gives them even more energy. Some people get energy from sex and some people lose energy from sex. I have found that it's too much work. But if you have the time for it, and if you need that exercise-then you should do it.


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