When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter.Albert Camus
- In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.
- Catalogue of an exhibition of his art in Stockholm, Sweden (1968)
- This quotation has produced a common cliché about fame in pop-culture which is called "15 minutes of fame"; it has often been paraphrased or misquoted in various ways, including:
- In the future, everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes.
- In the future everyone will be famous for 15 million years.
- In the future everyone will have their fifteen minutes of fame
- Andy Warhol: I think everybody should like everybody.
Gene Swenson: Is that what Pop Art is all about?
Andy Warhol: Yes, it's liking things.
- "What Is Pop Art?" Art News, November 1963
- It's the place where my prediction from the sixties finally came true: "In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes." I'm bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is, "In fifteen minutes everybody will be famous."
- Andy Warhol's Exposures (1979) commenting on the nightclub "Studio 54", and his world famous quote.
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (1975)
- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol : (From A to B and Back Again) (1975) ISBN 978-0156717205
- 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. 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.
- Ch. 6 : Work
- They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
- Ch. 7 : Time, p. 113
BBC interview (1981)
- Edward Smith: Would you like to see your pictures on as many walls as possible, then?
Andy Warhol: Uh, no, I like them in closets.
- Edward Smith: Why is it more of a pleasure to do 30 or 40 pictures than to do just one?
Andy Warhol: Then I can, uh, listen to my soundabout which looks just like the thing that I'm wearing now, and you can listen to opera and stuff like that.
Edward Smith: Does that mean you don't have to think when you're painting?
Andy Warhol: No, you can listen to really good music.
Edward Smith: So, what, painting is an excuse to listen to really good music?
Andy Warhol: Oh, yeah.
- Edward Smith: What do you think is the characteristic of a really nice person? Some people you obviously do like more than others.
Andy Warhol: Ummm, well, if they talk a lot.
Edward Smith: What, and don't make you talk?
Andy Warhol: Yeah, yes, that's a really nice person.
Edward Smith: Thank you, Andy.
- The idea is not to live forever, it is to create something that will.
- you take some chocolate ... and you take two pieces of bread ... and you put the candy in the middle and you make a sandwich of it. and that would be a cake.
- 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.
- Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.
- During the 1960s, I think, people forgot what emotions were supposed to be. And I don't think they've ever remembered.
- Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone's got to take care of all your details.
- Employees make the best dates. You don't have to pick them up and they're always tax-deductible.
- I always wished I had died, and I still wish that, because I could have gotten the whole thing over with.
- I am a deeply superficial person.
- I believe in low lights and trick mirrors.
- 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 keep reading about this, erm, Indian guy that turns out like three or four thousand pictures a minute...or maybe it's a day.
- I had a lot of dates but I decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows.
- I just think any picture you take is a good picture.
- I like boring things.
- I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.
- 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.
- I never think that people die. They just go to department stores.
- I never read. I just look at pictures.
- I never understood why when you died, you didn't just vanish, everything could 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 think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.
- I think it would be so great if more people took up silk screening,so that no one would know whether my picture was mine or somebody else.
- I went to China, I didn't want to go, and I went to see the Great Wall. You know, you read about it for years. And actually it was great. It was really, really, really great.
- 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'll endorse with my name any of the following; clothing AC-DC, cigarettes, small tapes, sound equipment, ROCK N' ROLL RECORDS, anything, film, and film equipment, Food, Helium, Whips, MONEY!!
- I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.
- I'm the type who'd be happy not going anywhere as long as I was sure I knew exactly what was happening at the places I wasn't going to. I'm the type who'd like to sit home and watch every party that I'm invited to on a monitor in my bedroom.
- I've decided something: Commercial things really do stink. As soon as it becomes commercial for a mass market it really stinks.
- 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.
- Isn't life just a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?
- It doesn't matter if it displays Mona Lisa, a Banana or Hans Rittman's glasses - the fact is it must be pop!
- 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.
- People should fall in love with their eyes closed. Just close your eyes. Don't look and it's magic.
- Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
- My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person.
- People are only glamorous if you don't see them. Like the movies used to make people years ago. There is something about people on screen that makes them so special; when you see them in person, they are so different and the whole illusion is gone.
- The most beautiful thing in Tokyo is McDonald's. The most beautiful thing in Stockholm is McDonald's. Peking and Moscow don't have anything beautiful yet.
- The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.
- When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.
- What’s great about this country is that 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 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. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it...........
- Why do people think artists are special? It's just another job.
- Art is what you can get away with.
- I don't know where the artificial stops and the real starts.
About Andy Warhol
- No director in human history has ever made or will ever make worse movies. Warhol makes Ed Wood look like Ingmar Bergman.
- Dana Gioia, "Glass Appeal: Philip Glass's Film Scores," San Francisco Magazine (October 2002)
- Warhol Foundation in New York, New York.
- Warhol at NNDB
- Warhol at IMDb
- The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Warhol Family Museum in Medzilaborce, Slovakia
- Two short articles about Warhol's 2002 museum retrospective from the art magazine "X-TRA"
- Andy Warhol at Gagosian Gallery
- Time Capsules: the Andy Warhol collection
- Andy Warhol at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
- Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog
- Warhol Stars
- Pop Art Masters - Andy Warhol
- Transubstantiating The Culture: Andy Warhol's Secret
- Andy Warhol - exhibition news and books
- Thank You Andy Warhol (animation)
- "Warhol, Soup Cans, Cowboys" (Studio 360 radio program, December 10, 2005)
- Portrait of Warhol