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#3819 Francis Bacon

The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about power
#3820 Francis Bacon

is power. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about power
#3821 Francis Bacon

Nothing is terrible except fear itself. .

Francis Bacon Quotes about fear
#9899 Andy Warhol

I think everybody should like everybody. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about body
#9900 Andy Warhol

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

Andy Warhol Quotes about time
#9901 Andy Warhol

In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.In the future, fifteen people will be famous. In fifteen minutes, everyone will be famous. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about people
#9902 Andy Warhol

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. .

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#9903 Andy Warhol

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." .

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#9904 Andy Warhol

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: (From A to B and Back Again) (1975) .

Andy Warhol Quotes about philosophy
#9905 Andy Warhol

At the times in my life when I was feeling the most gregarious and looking for bosom friendships, I couldn't find any takers so that exactly when I was alone was when I felt the most like not being alone. The moment I decided I'd rather be alone and not have anyone telling me their problems, everybody I'd never even seen before in my life started running after me to tell me things I'd just decided I didn't think it was a good idea to hear about. As soon as I became a loner in my own mind, that's when I got what you might call a "following." As soon as you stop wanting something you get it. I've found that to be absolutely axiomatic. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about life
#9906 Andy Warhol

During the 60s, I think, people forgot what emotions were supposed to be. And I don't think they've ever remembered. I think that once you see emotions from a certain angle you can never think of them as real again. That's what more or less has happened to me. I don't really know if I was ever capable of love, but after the 60s I never thought in terms of "love" again. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about love
#9907 Andy Warhol

I don't see anything wrong with being alone, it feels great to me. People make a big thing about personal love. It doesn't have to be such a big thing. The same for living - people make a big thing about that too. But personal living and personal loving are the two things the Eastern-type wise men don't think about. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about love
#9908 Andy Warhol

I love every "lib" movement there is, because after the "lib" the things that were always a mystique become understandable and boring, and then nobody has to feel left out if they're not part of what is happening. For instance, single people looking for husbands and wives used to feel left out because the image marriage had in the old days was so wonderful. Jane Wyatt and Robert Young. Nick and Nora Charles. Ethel and Fred Mertz. Dagwood and Blondie. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about love
#9909 Andy Warhol

What I was actually trying to do in my early movies was show how people can meet other people and what they can do and what they can say to each other. That was the whole idea: two people getting acquainted. And then when you saw it and you saw the sheer simplicity of it, you learned what it was all about. Those movies showed you how some people act and react with other people. They were like actual sociological "For instance"s. They were like documentaries, and if you thought it could apply to you, it was an example, and if it didn't apply to you, at least it was a documentary, it could apply to somebody you knew and it could clear up some questions you had about them. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about people
#9910 Andy Warhol

I've never met a person I couldn't call a beauty. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about beauty
#9911 Andy Warhol

I really don't care that much about "Beauties." What I really like are Talkers. To me, good talkers are beautiful because good talk is what I love. The word itself shows why I like Talkers better than Beauties, why I tape more than I film. It's not "talkies." Talkers are doing something. Beauties are being something. Which isn't necessarily bad, it's just that I don't know what it is they're being. It's more fun to be with people who are doing things. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about love
#9912 Andy Warhol

When you're interested in somebody, and you think they might be interested in you, you should point out all your beauty problems and defects right away, rather than take a chance they won't notice them...On the other hand, say you have a purely temporary beauty problem—a new pimple, lackluster hair, no-sleep eyes, five extra pounds around the middle. Still, whatever it is, you should point it out...If you don't point out these things they might think that your temporary beauty problem is a permanent beauty problem...If they really do like you for yourself, they'll be willing to use their imagination to think of what you must look like without your temporary beauty problem. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about beauty
#9913 Andy Warhol

In some circles where very heavy people think they have very heavy brains, words like "charming" and "clever" and "pretty" are all put-downs; all the lighter things in life, which are the most important things, are put down. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about life
#9914 Andy Warhol

I know a girl who just looks at her face in the medicine cabinet mirror and never looks below her shoulders, and she's four or five hundred pounds but she doesn't see all that, she just sees a beautiful face and therefore she thinks she's a beauty. And therefore, I think she's a beauty, too, because I usually accept people on the basis of their self-images, because their self-images have more to do with the way they think than their objective-images do. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about beauty
#9915 Andy Warhol

The most beautiful thing in Tokyo is McDonald's. The most beautiful thing in Stockholm is McDonald's. The most beautiful thing in Florence is McDonald's. Peking and Moscow don't have anything beautiful yet. .

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#9916 Andy Warhol

I'm confused about who the news belongs to. I always have it in my head that if your name's in the news, then the news should be paying you. Because it's your news and they're taking it and selling it as their product. But then they always say that they're helping you, and that's true too, but still, if people didn't give the news their news, and if everybody kept their news to themselves, the news wouldn't have any news. So I guess you should pay each other. But I haven't figured it out fully yet. .

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#9917 Andy Warhol

Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there - I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. 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 so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it's like watching television - you don't feel anything. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television. The channels switch, but it's all television. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about life
#9918 Andy Warhol

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. .

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#9919 Andy Warhol

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. But you could really save yourself a lot of trouble either way by first figuring out whether you're an energy-getter or an energy-loser. As I said, I'm an energy-loser. But I can understand it when I see people running around trying to get some. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about time
#9921 Andy Warhol

The President has so much good publicity potential that hasn't been exploited. He should just sit down one day and make a list of all the things that people are embarrassed to do that they shouldn't be embarrassed to do, and then do them all on television. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about people
#9922 Andy Warhol

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. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about art
#9923 Andy Warhol

Sometimes you fantasize that people who are really up-there and rich and living it up have something you don't have, that their things must be better than your things because they have more money than you. But they drink the same Cokes and eat the same hot dogs and wear the same ILGWU clothes and see the same TV shows and the same movies. Rich people can't see a sillier version of Truth or Consequences, or a scarier version of The Exorcist. You can get just as revolted as they can—you can have the same nightmares. All of this is really American. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about time
#9924 Andy Warhol

Sometimes you're invited to a big ball and for months you think about how glamorous and exciting it's going to be. Then you fly to Europe and you go to the ball and when you think back on it a couple of months later what you remember is maybe the car ride to the ball, you can't remember the ball at all. 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. I should have been dreaming for months about the car ride to the ball and getting dressed for the car ride, and buying my ticket to Europe so I could take the car ride. Then, who knows, maybe I could have remembered the ball. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about life
#9926 Andy Warhol

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. .

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#9927 Andy Warhol

I really do live for the future, because when I'm eating a box of candy, I can't wait to taste the last piece. I don't even taste any of the other pieces, I just want to finish and throw the box away and not have to have it on my mind any more. I would rather either have it now or know I'll never have it so I don't have to think about it. That's why some days I wish I were very very old-looking so I wouldn't have to think about getting old-looking. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about future
#9928 Andy Warhol

I don't believe in it, because you're not around to know that it's happened. I can't say anything about it because I'm not prepared for it. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about believe
#9929 Andy Warhol

I really believe in empty spaces, although, as an artist, I make a lot of junk. Empty space is never-wasted space. Wasted space is any space that has art in it. An artist is somebody 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. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about art
#9930 Andy Warhol

When I look at things, I always see the space they occupy. I always want the space to reappear, to make a comeback, because it's lost space when there's something in it. If I see a chair in a beautiful space, no matter how beautiful the chair is, it can never be as beautiful to me as the plain space. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about beautiful
#9931 Andy Warhol

Free countries are great, because you can actually sit in somebody else's space for a while and pretend you're a part of it. You can sit in the Plaza Hotel and you don't even have to live there. You can just sit and watch the people go by. .

Andy Warhol Quotes about art
#9932 Andy Warhol

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. .

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#9933 Andy Warhol

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 mywhich 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. .

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#9934 Andy Warhol

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. .

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#54666 Josef Albers

In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is - as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art. .

Josef Albers Quotes about art
#54667 Josef Albers

Abstraction is real, probably more real than nature. .

Josef Albers Quotes about nature
#54668 Josef Albers

It is not so for art in appreciation because art is concerned with human behavior. And science is concerned with the behavior of metal or energy. It depends on what the fashion is. Now today it's energy. It's the same soul behind it. The same soul, you see. .

Josef Albers Quotes about science
#54669 Josef Albers

Apprentice is the beginner - the first years you work in a craft in the European sense you are an apprentice. That takes 3 or 4 years. Then you are a journeyman. You can go from one master to another and learn other tricks and other secrets. .

Josef Albers Quotes about work
#54670 Josef Albers

Any ground subtracts its own hue from the colors which it carries and therefore influences. .

Josef Albers Quotes about influence
#54671 Josef Albers

If you don't do it my way, I suggest you commit suicide. .

Josef Albers Quotes about suicide
#54672 Josef Albers

I've handled colour as a man should behave. You may conclude that I consider ethics and aesthetics as one. .

Josef Albers Quotes about man
#54673 Josef Albers

And I started with this: I have not painted at all my childhood. In fact, I never painted. But I helped my father who was a house painter and decorative painter. He made stage sets, he made glass paintings, he made everything. .

Josef Albers Quotes about art
#54674 Josef Albers

I was for years in the yellow period, you know. .

Josef Albers Quotes about you
#54675 Josef Albers

It was my family that wanted me to be a teacher. That was safe, you see. To be a painter was terrible. .

Josef Albers Quotes about pain
#54676 Josef Albers

I prefer to see with closed eyes. .

Josef Albers Quotes about eyes
#54677 Josef Albers

In Italy the artist is a god. Now if the artist is a god, the scientist is likewise a god. .

Josef Albers Quotes about god
#54678 Josef Albers

Simultaneous contrast is not just a curious optical phenomenon - it is the very heart of painting. .

Josef Albers Quotes about art

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