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Excerpt from "The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again"


Translated by: Enxhi Hudhri

I always think about people who put up buildings and then they're not there anymore.

Or a movie with a crowd scene and everyone is dead.

It's scary.

I try to think what the time is and all I can think of is…

"Time is time was."


People say "time on your hands".

Well, I looked at my hands and saw a lot of lines.

And then someone told me that some people don't have stripes.

I didn't believe it.

We were sitting in the restaurant and she said, “How can you say that?

See the waiter over there.”

He called her, "Honey!


Can you get me a glass of water?”

and when he brought it he took his hand and showed it to me and there were no lines.

Just the main three.

And said, "See?

I told you.

Some people like that waiter have no stripes.”

And I thought, "God, I wish I was a waiter."

If the lines on your hand are wrinkles, it should mean that your hands are worried about you.


Sometimes they invite you to a big ball and for months you think about how glamorous and exciting it will be.

Then you fly to Europe and go to the prom and when you think about it a few months later what you remember is probably the drive to the prom, you don't remember the prom at all.

Sometimes the little times that you think are nothing while they happen turn out to be the ones that mark an entire period of your life.

I must have dreamed for months about driving to prom, and buying a ticket to Europe to make the drive.

Then, who knows, maybe I could remember the ballon.


Some people decide to be old and then do what old people are supposed to do.

But when they were twenty they did what twenty year olds are supposed to do.

And then there are those other people who look twenty years old their whole lives.

It's exciting to see movie stars—since they're more into it than most people—who have worked on their beauty, who still have all their energy because they're still working on their new selves.


As people will live longer and get older, they will have to learn how to be babies for longer.

I think that's what's happening now.

Some children I know personally are staying babies longer.


Once I was standing on a street in Paris and an old woman was looking at me, and I thought, "Oh, she must be staring at me because she's English," because English people always recognize me from some London TV scandal I was somehow involved in.

So I looked a little further when she said, "Aren't you Andy?"

you said yes and she said, “You came to my house in Provincetown twenty-eight and a half years ago.

You were wearing a sun hat.

You don't even remember me, but I'll never forget you in the sun hat.

You see, you couldn't stand the sun.”

I felt so weird because I didn't remember it at all while she remembered the month too.

Because to remember “twenty-eight and a half years ago” without stopping to count it means that she really followed him and said, “Well it's been nineteen years since he was here with the sun hat.

” It was very unusual – her husband was there and they were arguing about how much time had passed.

He said, “No, no, no.

We weren't married yet, remember?

So it must have been twenty-six and three-quarter years ago.”


Some people say that Paris is more aesthetic than New York.

Well, in New York you don't have time to be aesthetic because it takes half a day to go downtown and half a day to go uptown.


Then there's the time on the road, when you meet someone you haven't seen in, say, five years.

When you see each other and you don't want to waste time then it's wonderful.

You don't say "What have you done?"

– you don't try to put things first.

Maybe you mention that you're headed to 8th Street to get a sundae and maybe they mention what movie they're going to see, but that's about it.

Just a random observation.

Very easy, smooth, instant, very American.

No one is worried, no one wastes time, no one gets hysterical, no one slows down.

Then it's good.

And then when someone asks you what happened to so-and-so you say, "Yeah, I saw him having a beer on 55th Street."

Play everything in one level, like everything was yesterday.


I think I'm missing some chemicals and that's why I tend to be more – chun mami.

A jelly.

No, a mummy.

A "milkman".

I think I'm missing some responsibility chemicals and some reproduction chemicals.

If I had them I would probably think more about aging well and four marriages and having a family – wives and children and dogs.

I'm immature, but maybe something could happen to my chemicals and I could mature.

I could start getting wrinkles and stop wearing my wigs.


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


Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they can just say, “And then.” This is one of my favorite things to say.

"And then."

"My mother didn't love me."

And then.

"My husband doesn't sleep with me."

And then

"I'm successful but I'm still alone."

And then.

I don't know how I made it all these years before I learned this trick.

It took me a long time to learn it, but once you learn it, you never forget it.


What makes a man spend time being bored when he could be happy.

I was in the Far East and I was walking down a path where there was a big happy party, and they were actually burning a man to death.

They were celebrating and were happy, singing and dancing.

Then the other day I was on the Bowery when a man in a shelter jumped out of a window and died, and a crowd gathered around the body, and then a tramp came staggering by and said, "Did you see the comedy across the street?" ?”

I'm not saying you should be happy when someone dies, but just curious to see cases that prove you shouldn't be sad about it, depending on what you think it means, and what you think about it. what do you think it means.

A person can cry or laugh.

And when you're crying you can be laughing, you have a choice.

Crazy people know how to do it better because they have a free mind.

So you can take the flexibility of your mind and make it work for you.

You decide what you want to do and how you spend your time.

Remember though, I think I'm missing some chemicals, so it's easier for me than a person who has a lot of liability chemicals, but the same principle can be used in many cases.


When my time is up, when I die, I don't want to leave things half-baked.

And I don't want to be a waste.

I was watching TV this week and saw a young lady get into a beam machine and disappear.

It was amazing because matter is energy and it just fell apart.

This really could be an American invention, the best American invention – to be able to disappear.

I mean, that way they can't say you died, they can't say they killed you, they can't say you killed yourself for somebody.

The worst thing that can happen to you when your time is up is to be embalmed and laid in a pyramid.

It disgusts me to think of the Egyptians taking each organ and embalming it separately in its own container.

I want my machine to disappear.

Again, I like the idea of ​​turning people into sand or something, so the machine continues to work after it dies.

I say that extinction would be the job left undone for the machine to complete.

Since I believe in work, I say that I should not think about disappearing when I die.

And anyway, it would be very fascinating to be reincarnated as a large ring on Pauline de Rothschild's finger.


I really live for the future, because when I eat a box of sweets, I can't wait to taste the last piece.

I don't enjoy any of the other pieces, I just want to finish it and throw the box away and forget about it.

I'd rather have it now or know I could never have it so I don't have to think about it.

So some days I want to be very very old so I don't have to think about getting old.


I look really ugly, and I don't bother to groom myself or try to look handsome because I don't want anyone to be involved with me.

And this is the truth.

I highlight my bad features and downplay my good ones.

So I look ugly and wear the wrong pants and the wrong shoes and come at the wrong time with the wrong friends and say the wrong things and talk to the wrong person, and 


sometimes someone takes an interest in me and I lose my mind and wonder, "What did I do wrong?"

So I go home and try to find out.

"Well, I must have been wearing something that someone found attractive.

I better change it.

Before things go too far.

So I go to my three way mirror and study myself and see that I now have fifteen new pimples on my face and normally that should have stopped them.

So I think, “How strange.

I know I look bad.

I made myself look especially bad – especially wrong – because I knew a lot of the right people would be there, and yet someone somehow cared…” Then I panic because I think I don't know what is seductive and that I need to get rid of it before it continues to cause me more problems.

You see, getting to know a new person is just too hard,

because each new person takes more time and space.

The way to get more time for yourself is to keep yourself so unattractive that no one cares.


I see professional people as comedians in nightclubs, and I'm always impressed by their perfect timing, but I can never understand how they can stand to say the same thing all the time.

Then I realized what the difference is, because you always repeat the same things all the time anyway, whether someone asks for it or not, or it's your job.

He usually makes the same mistakes.

Apply your common mistakes to every new category or field you go to.


Whenever I'm interested in something, I know the time is wrong because I'm always interested in the right thing at the wrong time.

I have to be interested after I'm no longer interested, because then I'm embarrassed to still be thinking about a certain idea when that idea is already making someone else a millionaire.

The same beautiful mistakes.


I learned something about the time I went around New York and met people in their offices at certain times.

Someone would make an appointment for me at ten o'clock, so I would rack my brains to get there exactly at ten, and I wouldn't be seen until five past one.

So when you go through this hundreds of times and you hear, "Ten o'clock?", you say, "Ugh, that's funny, I think I'll come at one to five."

So I always went to one without five and it always worked.

Then I met the person.

That's how I learned.

Like being my lab and putting all those tests and you get rewarded when you get it right, and when you get it wrong they give you feedback, and that's how you learn.

That's how I learned when people would be around.

The only time the system didn't work for me was with Liz Taylor.

I was in Rome shooting a movie with her, and for a week every day she came hours later, until I finally thought, "Well, listen, let's take our time tomorrow and not wake up at half past six."

So that day she ran away there in front of everyone.

It was there in front of the wardrobe woman and the cameramen.

She had practically tasted the coffee.

She keeps you on your toes.

He did the same thing I did, backwards, and I was surprised because I didn't know him well enough to predict.

Liz Taylor, being late fifty times and then early once, seems to be applying the same principle as me having gray hair so that when I do something that requires a normal amount of energy it looks "new".

When Liz Taylor is on time it looks "early".


I love the idea that people in New York now have to stand in line for movies.

It goes by so many cinemas and there are very long queues.

But no one seems unhappy about it.

It costs you so much money just to live now, and if you're on a romantic date, and you spend the whole date standing in line, and so you save money because you don't have to think about other things to do while you're waiting and you get to know the person, and you suffer a little together, and then you have fun for two hours.

That's how you got very close, you shared a complete experience.

And the idea of ​​waiting for something makes it more exciting anyway.

Never getting in is more exciting, but after that wait getting in is even more exciting.


If I had time for a regular leave every ten years, I still don't think I'd go anywhere.

I'd probably go to my room, fluff up my pillow, turn on a couple of TVs, open a box of Ritz crackers, open a box of Russell Stover.

Sitting down with every last issue of every magazine except 

TV Guide

 from every corner newsstand, and then picking up the phone to call everyone I know and ask them to look  at their

TV Guides

and tell me what's on on TV, what has been and what will be released.

I also like re-reading the newspaper.

Especially in Paris.

I can't re-read the international 

Herald Tribune

enough  when I'm in Paris.

In my room, time moves so slowly for me, only outside it moves so fast.

I don't like to travel because I really like slow time and for a plane you have to leave three or four hours before and so the day flies by.

If you really want life to pass you like a movie, just travel, you can forget your life.


I like routine.

People call me and say, "I hope I'm not disturbing your routine by calling you like this."

They know how much I like it.


A mistake I make from time to time is not following the Golden Rule: keep the lifts.

Also, even when I try to shed things and simplify my life, I get stuck on someone else.


What makes a movie go by fast is when you go see it, and then when you see it the second time it goes by really fast.

If you're going to suffer, go see something and then go see again.

You will find that your pain goes away faster the second time.

I can watch a murder mystery one night, and then watch it a second time the next night and still not know who did it until the last minute.

So I know there is


 really  wrong with me.

I mean, if I can sit and watch another 

Thin Man

 and watch it again the next night, and still not know who the killer is until the last minute… And I'll be just as curious and anxious waiting for it I find out and I'm just as surprised as I was the first night.

If I've seen it fifteen times, then 


 one of the fifteen times I'll remember and see who it is.

I say that time is the best fable - the suspense of the first if you will remember it.


Digital watches and wristwatches really tell me that there is a new time on my hand.

And it's a little intimidating.

Someone has thought of a new way to tell the time, so I say we will not say "hour" and for a long time, because it is "on the hour" or "from the hour" and there will be no more hours: it will be "one time" instead of "one o'clock" and "three and a half time" and "four forty-five time".


When I was little and I got sick often, those sick times were like little vacations.

Indoor holidays.

Playing with dolls.

I never cut cut dolls.

Some people who have worked with me said that someone else cut them for me, but the real reason I didn't cut them was that I didn't want to cut the beautiful pages where they were.

I always left the cut out dolls in the scrapbooks.


For the time

From time to time

Make time

Time for yourself


On Time

In No Time

In Good Time

Between Times

Time Again

Life Time

Worn by Time Spend


Mark Time

Buy Time

Keep Time

On Time


Time Time Off Time


Time In Time


Postpone Time Time


Before Time



Of Time All Time


When I look around today, the biggest anachronism is pregnancy.

I can't believe there are still pregnant people.


The best time for me is when I don't have any problems that I can't fix with money.

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