Laurie Anderson Quotes

Writers want to summarize: What does this mean? What did we learn from this? That's a very 19th-century way of thinking about art, because it assumes that it should make our lives better or teach us something.

Art Quotes, Thinking Quotes, Writers Quotes

The world is a strange and wonderful place.

Wonder Quotes

People are really suffering these days. There's a lot of corporate triumph and a lot of personal despair as they wonder what are they working for.

Work Quotes, Wonder Quotes, Despair Quotes, Suffering Quotes


I think women are excellent social critics.

Women Quotes

It's just such a great miracle when things do work, and they work for such a wild variety of crazy reasons.

Great Quotes, Work Quotes, Variety Quotes

At the School of Visual Arts in New York, you can get your degree in Net art, which is really a fantastic way of thinking of theater in new ways.

Art Quotes, Thinking Quotes

People only stutter at the beginning of the word. They're not afraid when they get to the end of the word. There's just regret.

Beginning Quotes, Regret Quotes

Why do you have to translate and decode things? Just let the image be. It will have a special kind of reality that it won't once it's decoded.

Reality Quotes

A lot of the work in United States is highly critical of technology. I'm using 15,000 watts of power and 18 different pieces of electronic equipment to say that.

Technology Quotes, Work Quotes, Power Quotes

Something that has so much power must have life. Instruments have life.

Life Quotes, Power Quotes

I see and write things first as an artist, second as a woman, and third as a New Yorker. All three have built-in perspectives that aren't neutral.

Perspective Quotes

The thing that's characteristic of my performance is that I literally do drag the whole studio onto the stage.

Character Quotes, Performance Quotes

Performance art is about joy, about making something that's so full of kind of a wild joy that you really can't put into words.

Performance Quotes, Art Quotes

I have written a few children's books. The first book that I wrote was for children. It was called 'The Package', and it was a mystery story in pictures. It had no words.

Children Quotes, Mystery Quotes

The only stuff I don't like are Broadway musicals. I hate them. I don't even like to talk about it. I can't bear musicals.

Music Quotes

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art, which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby since I hadn't made money with it.

Art Quotes, Money Quotes

I just sort of wish people would dance differently. It reminds me of teenage sex.

Mind Quotes

When love is gone, there's always justice. And when justice is gone, there's always force. And when force is gone, there's always Mom. Hi, Mom!

Love Quotes, Justice Quotes

It's good to take a longer view and think, What would I really like to do if I had no limitations whatsoever?

Limitations Quotes

A lot of words in English confuse the idea of life and electricity, like the word livewire.

Life Quotes

Besides all those whaling details, Moby Dick is about someone who's looking for something so huge, something they've wanted all their life, yet they know when they find it, it will kill them.

Life Quotes

The fewer expectations you have, the better.

Expectations Quotes

I'm an average enough person to point to the things I've gotten to see that are awe-inspiring.

Inspirational Quotes

You can do great things with low-tech stuff.

Great Quotes

I've been trying to avoid goal-oriented behavior.

Goal Quotes

My job is to make images and leave the decision-making and conclusion-drawing to other people.

Decision Quotes

6 Top Laurie Anderson quotes about Work

I so much appreciate it when anybody tries to make something and tries to be an artist - I'm happy to see the work.

Work Quotes

I think artists who are attracted to working on the Net will adjust their work to the capabilities of a very small screen.

Work Quotes

I'm a real workaholic.

Work Quotes

One of the things I learned from working on the Olympics was, the world does not need another big multimedia show.

Work Quotes

The problem with prototypes is they don't always work.

Work Quotes

My work is more about trying to ask good questions and not trying to come up with big shows. Every fashion company is doing that, every car company is doing that.

Company Quotes, Work Quotes