Sunday, October 22, 2017

Andy Warhol's "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.”

• “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.

[Если чему-то суждено случиться, то оно и случится, воля ваша не имеет к этому никакого отношения. Однако оно никогда не случается прежде, чем вы перейдете черту, за которой вам уже будет всё равно – случится оно или нет. - Энди Уорхол]

• “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.”

• “A: I like your apartment.
B: It's nice, but it's only big enough for one person – or two people who are very close.
A: You know two people who are very close?”

• “When I look around today, the biggest anachronism I see is pregnancy. I just can't believe that people are still pregnant.”

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

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UPD May 2018

From Andy Warhal's “Fame”

Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets anyway. Let the kids read about it and look forward to it, and then right before they’re going to get the reality, break the news to them that they’ve already had the most exciting part, that it’s behind them already.

• 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.

• There are so many songs about love. But I was thrilled the other day when somebody mailed me the lyrics to a song that was about how he didn't care about anything, and how he didn't care about me. It was very good. He managed to really convey the idea that he really didn't care.

• The biggest price you pay for love is that you have to have somebody around, you can’t be on your own, which is always so much better. The biggest disadvantage, of course, is no room in bed. Even a pet cuts into your bed room.

• Mom always said not to worry about love, but just to be sure to get married. But I always knew that I would never get married, because I don't want any children, I don't want them to have the same problems that I have. I don't think anybody deserves it.

• Truman Capote told me once that certain kinds of sex are total, complete manifestations of nostalgia, and I think that's true. Other kinds of sex have nostalgia in varying degrees, from a little to a lot, but I think it's safe to say that most sex involves some form of nostalgia for something.
Sex is a nostalgia for when you used to want it, sometimes.
Sex is nostalgia for sex.

• A drag queen I know is waiting for a real man to fall in love with him/her.
I always run into strong women who are looking for weak men to dominate them.

• When I did my self-portrait, I left all the pimples out because you always should. Pimples are a temporary condition and they don t have anything to do with what you really look like. Always omit the blemishes - they're not part of the good picture you want.

• If people want to spend their whole lives creaming and tweezing and brushing and tilting and gluing, that's really okay too, because it gives them something to do.

• Weight isn't important the way the magazines make you think it is. 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. Maybe she's six hundred pounds, who knows. If she doesn't care, I don't.
But if you do watch your weight, try the Andy Warhol New York City Diet: when I order in a restaurant, I order everything that I don't want, so I have a lot to play around with while everyone else eats.

• 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.

• When you’re in Sweden and you see beautiful person after beautiful person after beautiful person and you finally don t even turn around to look because you know the next person you see will be just as beautiful as the one you didn’t bother to turn around to look at — in a place like that you can get so bored that when you see a person who’s not beautiful, they look very beautiful to you because they break the beautiful monotony.

• I never fall apart because I never fall together.

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