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37 Quotes from the philosophy of Andy Warhol

American artist Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 6, 1928. He was one of the leading figure in the visual art movement, known as pop art, fusing both avant-garde and highly commercial sensibilities into his works such as "Campbell's Soup Cans" and "Gold Marilyn Monroe." Warhol is credited with coining the widely used expression "Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." Today, we remember Andy Warhol by compiling 37 things that he said:

 

On change:

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

"When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can't make them change if they don't want to, just like when they do want to, you can't stop them."

 

On your critics:

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

 

On love:

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

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

 

On intelligence:

"Beauty is a sign of intelligence."

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

 

On life:

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"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."

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

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

 

On enthusiam:

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

 

On happiness:

"You have to be willing to get happy about nothing."

 

On leaving a legacy:

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

 

On acceptance:

"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."
"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."

 

On art:

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"Art is what you can get away with."

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

 

On meaning:

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

 

On photographs:

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

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

 

On reality:

"People sometimes say that the way things happen in the movies is unreal, but actually, it's the way things happen to you in life that's unreal. The movies make emotions look strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it's like you're watching television - you don't feel anything."

 

On the definition of an artist:

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

 

On creativity:

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

 

On being interesting:

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"I like to be the right thing in the wrong place and the wrong thing in the right place. Being the right thing in the wrong place and the wrong thing in the right place is worth it because something interesting always happens."

 

On waiting:

"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 guess it's for your own good that it always happens that way, because after you stop wanting things is where having them won't make you go crazy."

"The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting"

 

On idolizing:

"Some people spend their entire lives thinking about one particular famous person. They pick one person who's famous, and they dwell on him or her. They devote almost their entire consciousness to thinking about this person they've never even met, or maybe met once. If you ask any famous person about the kind of mail they get, you'll find that almost every one of them has at least one person who's obsessed with them and writes constantly. It feels so strange to think that someone is spending their whole time thinking about you."

 

On consumerism:

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"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."

 

On fantasies:

"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."

 

On nature:

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"I can never get over when you're on the beach how beautiful the sand looks and the water washes it away and straightens it up and the trees and the grass all look great. I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want."

 

On attraction:

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"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."

 

On sex:

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

"Sex is the biggest nothing of all time."

 

On death:

"I never understood why when you died, you didn't just vanish, everything should just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn't be there. 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'."

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

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

 

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