The mystery was gone but the amazement was just starting.
Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.
There is beauty in everything, Just not everybody sees it.
Look poor, think rich.
If you wear a wig, everybody notices. But if you then dye the wig, people notice the dye.
I went to vote once, but I got too scared. I couldn't decide whom to vote for.
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.
Fantasy love is much better than reality love.
Everybody winds up kissing the wrong person goodnight.
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.
Perception precedes reality.
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.
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.
The key of the success of Studio 54 is that it's a dictatorship at the door and a democracy on the dance floor.
New York restaurants are about selling atmospheres.
I think everybody should like everybody.
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.
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.
I like church. It's empty when I go. I walk around. There are so many beautiful Catholic churches in New York.
Everyone needs a fantasy.
I want to die with my blue jeans on.
I always run into strong women who are looking for weak men to dominate them.
I used to think that everything was just being funny but now I don't know. I mean, how can you tell?
Employees make the best dates. You don't have to pick them up and they're always tax-deductible.
Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art.
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.
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.
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.
I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.
I had a lot of dates but I decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows.
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.
Voyeurism is a director's job description. It's an artist's, too.
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.
Land really is the best art.
The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.
I'm really afraid to feel happy because it never lasts.
I learned that you actually have more power when you shut up.
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.
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.
Sex is the biggest nothing of all time.
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.
Everybody must have a fantasy.
I like boring things.
I don't believe people die. They just go uptown. To Bloomingdales. They just take longer to get back.
You need to let little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.
Wasting money puts you in a real party mood.
The idea is not to live forever, it is to create something that will.
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.
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.
Switzerland is my favorite place now, because it's so -- nothing. There is absolutely nothing to do.
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?
It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor's finger.
Pop art is a way of liking things.
Business Art is the step that comes after Art.
Pop art is for everyone.
When you stop wanting something, you get it.
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.
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.
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.
Living in New York City gives people real incentives to want things that nobody else wants.
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.
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.
Success is what sells.
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.
I want to be a machine.
You have to do stuff that average people don't understand because those are the only good things.
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?
Sociological critics are waste makers.
Fashion is more art than art is.
I never fall apart, because I never fall together.
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.
Checks aren't money.
Just because people throw it out and don't have any use for it, doesn't mean it's garbage.
Since people are going to be living longer and getting older, they'll just have to learn how to be babies longer.
I think an artist is anybody who does something well, like if you cook well.
I'm bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is 'In 15 minutes everybody will be famous.'
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.
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.
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.
It's great not to be a collector.
I never wanted to be a painter; I wanted to be a tap dancer.
I think pot should be legal I don't smoke it, but I like the smell of it.
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.
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.
I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.
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.
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.
I do the same thing everyday. I go to work and paint. I try to turn out as many pictures as I can.
I smoke pot because I want to go to heaven before I die.
The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting.
Business art is the step that comes after Art. I started as a commercial artist, and I want to finish as a business artist.
The world fascinates me.
Kiss me with your eyes.
People in uniform always look so great.
Fashion wasn't what you wore someplace anymore; it was the whole reason for going.
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.
The mosquito is the state bird of New Jersey.
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.
When you think about it, department stores are kind of like museums.
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.
I think the first photograph I did was a ballplayer. It was a way of showing action or something.
The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.
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.
An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.
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.
Art is what you can get away with.
If you're not trying to be real, you don't have to get it right. That's art.
I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.
When the Woolworth's-Hot-Fudge-Sundae switch goes on, then I know I really have something.
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.'
Rodeo Drive is a giant butterscotch sundae.
Don't think about making art, just get it done.
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.
Exposure and attention make a work famous -- the more you talk about it, the more attention it gets, the more validity it achieves.
I always notice flowers.
I broke something and realized I should break something once a week to remind me how fragile life is.
You have to be willing to get happy about nothing.
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.
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.
What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest.
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.
Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone's got to take care of all your details.
Just like New Yorkers themselves, the trees in New York city work harder than any others in the world.
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.
I just do art because I'm ugly and there's nothing else for me to do.
I never read. I just look at pictures.
I used to drink Coke all the time. It was so good. It gives you a lot of energy.
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.
Day after day I look in the mirror and I still see something.
The moment you label something, you take a step-I mean, you can never go back again to seeing it unlabelled.
I could have told her that if something is disappointing I know it's not nothing because nothing is not disappointing.
When I got my first TV set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships with other people.
Bad taste makes the day go by faster.
Art? That's a man's name.
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.
New things are always better than old things.
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.
Money has a certain kind of amnesty.
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.
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.
I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumors to my dogs.
As soon as you stop wanting something, you get it.
After being alive, the next hardest work is having sex.
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.