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30 Andy Warhol Quotes On Art & Life

Andy Warhol quotes

A selection of quotes on art and life:


“Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

“Pop art is a way of liking things.”

Andy Warhol quotes


“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.”

“Why do people think artists are special? It’s just another job.”

“Business Art is the step that comes after Art.”

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

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

“Success is what sells.”

“I am a deeply superficial person.”

“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? “

“Paintings are too hard. The things I want to show are mechanical. Machines have less problems. I’d like to be a machine, wouldn’t you?”

Andy Warhol quotes

“If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it.”

“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.”

“In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”

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

“I want everybody to think alike. I think everybody should be a machine.”

“When I have to think about it, I know the picture is wrong… My instinct about painting says, ‘If you don’t think about it, it’s right.’ As soon as you have to decide and choose, it’s wrong. And the more you decide about, the more wrong it gets.”


Andy Warhol quotes


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

“Death means a lot of money, honey. Death can really make you look like a star.”

“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.”

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

“I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.Money has a certain kind of amnesty.”

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

“I wanted to paint nothing. I was looking for something that was the essence of nothing, and the soup can was it.”

“Bad taste makes the day go by faster.”

“When you work with people who misunderstand you, instead of getting transmissions, you get transmutations, and that’s much more interesting in the long run.”