[Art] Jenny Holzer – Biography & Art

TRUISMS (1979-1983)

  • A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE CAN GO A LONG WAY
  • A LOT OF PROFESSIONALS ARE CRACKPOTS
  • A MAN CAN’T KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A MOTHER
  • A NAME MEANS A LOT JUST BY ITSELF
  • A POSITIVE ATTITUDE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD
  • A RELAXED MAN IS NOT NECESSARILY A BETTER MAN
  • A SENSE OF TIMING IS THE MARK OF A GENIUS
  • A SINCERE EFFORT IS ALL YOU CAN ASK
  • A SINGLE EVENT CAN HAVE INFINITELY MANY INTERPRETATIONS
  • A SOLID HOME BASE BUILDS A SENSE OF SELF
  • A STRONG SENSE OF DUTY IMPRISONS YOU
  • ABSOLUTE SUBMISSION CAN BE A FORM OF FREEDOM
  • ABSTRACTION IS A TYPE OF DECADENCE
  • ABUSE OF POWER COMES AS NO SURPRISE
  • ACTION CAUSES MORE TROUBLE THAN THOUGHT
  • ALIENATION PROCUES ECCENTRICS OR REVOLUTIONARIES
  • ALL THINGS ARE DELICATELY INTERCONNECTED
  • AMBITION IS JUST AS DANGEROUS AS COMPLACENCY
  • AMBIVALENCE CAN RUIN YOUR LIFE
  • AN ELITE IS INEVITABLE
  • ANGER OR HATE CAN BE A USEFUL MOTIVATIVING FORCE
  • ANIMALISM IS PERFECTLY HEALTHY
  • ANY SURPLUS IS IMMORAL
  • ANYTHING IS A LEGITIMATE AREA OF IN VESTIGATION
  • ARTIFICIAL DESIRES ARE DESPOILING THE EARTH
  • AT TIMES INACTIVITY IS PREFERABLE TO MINDLESS FUNCTIONING
  • AT TIMES YOUR UNCONSCIOUS IS TRUER THAN YOUR CONSCIOUS MIND
  • AUTOMATION IS DEADLY
  • AWFUL PUNISHMENT AWAITS REALLY BAD PEOPLE
  • BAD INTENTIONS CAN YIELD GOOD RESULTS
  • BEING ALONE WITH YOURSELF IS INCREASINGLY UNPOPULAR
  • BEING HAPPY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYTHING ELSE
  • BEING HONEST IS NOT ALWAYS THE KINDEST WAY
  • BEING JUDGEMENTAL IS A SIGN OF LIFE
  • BEING SURE OF YOURSELF MEANS YOU’RE A FOOL
  • BELIEVING IN REBIRTH IS THE SAME AS ADMITTING DEFEAT
  • BOREDOM MAKES YOU DO CRAZY THINGS
  • CALM IS MORE CONDUCIVE TO CREATIVITY THAN IS ANXIETY
  • CATERGORIZING FEAR IS CALMING
  • CHANGE IS VALUABLE WHEN YHE OPRESSED BECOME THE TYRANTS
  • CHASING THE NEW IS DANGEROUS TO SOCIETY
  • CHILDREN ARE THE CRUELEST OF ALL
  • CHILDREN ARE THE HOPE OF THE FUTURE
  • CLASS ACTION IS A NICE IDEA WITH NO SUBSTANCE
  • CLASS STRUCTIURE IS AS ARTIFICIAL AS PLASTIC
  • CONFUSING YOURSELF IS A WAY TO STAY HONEST
  • CRIME AGAINST PROPERTY IS RELATIVELY UNIMPORTANT
  • DECADENCE CAN BE AN END IN ITSELF
  • DECENY IS A RELATIVE THING
  • DEPENDENCE CAN BE A MEAL TICKET
  • DESCRIPTION IS MORE VALUABLE THAN METAPHOR
  • DEVIANTS ARE SACRIFICED TO INCREASE GROUP SOLIDARITY
  • DISGUST IS THE APPROPRIATE RESPONSE TO MOSE SITUATIONS
  • DISORGANIZATION IS A KIND OF ANESTHESIA
  • DON’T PLACE TOO MUCH TRUST IN EXPERTS
  • DON’T RUIN PEOPLE’S LIVES FOR THEM
  • DRAMA OFTEN OBSCURES THE REAL ISSUES
  • DREAMING WHILE AWAKE IS A FRIGHTENING CONTRADICTION
  • DYING AND COMING BACK GIVES YOU CONSIDERABLE PERSPECTIVE
  • DYING SHOULD BE EASY AS FALLING OFF A LOG
  • EATING TOO MUCH IS CRIMINAL
  • ELABORATION IS A FORM OF POLLUTION
  • EMOTIONAL RESPONSES ARE AS VAULABLE AS INTELLECTUAL RESPONSES
  • ENJOY YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU CAN’T CHANGE ANYTHING ANYWAY
  • ENSURE THAT YOUR LIFE STAYS IS FLUX
  • EVEN YOUR FAMILY CAN BETRAY YOU
  • EVERY ACHIEVMENT REQUIRES A SACRIFICE
  • EVERYONE’S WORK IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT
  • EVERYTHING THAT’S INTERESTING IS NEW
  • EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE DESERVE SPECIAL CONSESSIONS
  • EXPIRING FOR LOVE IS BEAUTIFUL BUT STUPID
  • EXPRESSING ANGER IS NECESSARY
  • EXTREME BEHAVIOR HAS ITS BASIS IN PATHOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • EXTREME SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS LEADS TO PERVERSION
  • FAITHFULNESS IS A SOCIAL NOT A BIOLOGICAL LAW
  • FAKE OR REAL INDIFFERENCE IS A POWERFUL PERSONAL WEAPON
  • FATHERS OFTEN USE TOO MUCH FORCE
  • FEAR IS TEH GREATEST INCAPACITATOR
  • FREEDOM IS A LUXURY NOT A NECESSITY
  • GIVING FREE REIN TO YOUR EMOTIONS IS AN HONEST WAY TO LIVE
  • GO ALL OUT IN ROMANCE AND LET THE CHIPS FALL WHERE THEY MAY
  • GOING WITH THE FLOW IS SOOTHING BUT RISKY
  • GOOD DEEDS EVENTUALLY ARE REWARDED
  • GOVERNMENT IS A BURDEN ON THE PEOPLE
  • GRASS ROOTS AGITATION IS THE ONLY HOPE
  • GUILT AND SELF-LACERATION ARE INDULGENCES
  • HABITUAL CONTEMPT DOESN’T REFLECT A FINER SENSIBILITY
  • HIDING YOUR MOTIVES IS DESPICABLE
  • HOLDING BACK PROTECTS YOUR VITAL ENERGIES
  • HUMANISM IS OBSELETE
  • HUMOR IS A RELEASE
  • IDEALS ARE REPLACED BY CONVENTIONAL GOALS AT A CERTAIN AGE
  • IF YOU AREN’T POLITICAL YOUR PERSONAL LIFE SHOULD BE EXEMPLARY
  • IF YOU CAN’T LEAVE YOUR MARK GIVE UP
  • IF YOU HAVE MANY DESIRES LIFE WILL BE INTERESTING
  • IF YOU LIVE SIMPLY THERE IS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT
  • IGNORING ENEMIES IS THE BEST WAY TO FIGHT
  • ILLNESS IS A STATE OF MIND
  • IMPOSING ORDER IS MAN’S VOCATION FOR CHAOS IS HELL
  • IN SOME INSTANCES IT’S BETTER TO DIE THAN TO CONTINUE
  • INHERITANCE MUST BE ABOLISHED
  • IT CAN BE HELPFUL TO KEEP GOING NO MATTER WHAT
  • IT IS HEROICE TO TRY TO STOP TIME
  • IT IS MAN’S FATE TO OUTSMART HIMSELF
  • IT’S A GIFT TO THE WORLD NO TO HAVE BABIES
  • IT’S BETTER TO BE A GOOD PERSON THAN A FAMOUS PERSON
  • IT’S BETTER TO BE LONELY THAN TO BE WITH INFERIOR PEOPLE
  • IT’S BETTER TO BE NAIVE THAN JADED
  • IT’S BETTER TO STUDY THE LIVING TFACT THAN TO ANALYZE HISTORY
  • IT’S CRUCIAL TO HAVE AN ACTIVE FANTASY LIFE
  • IT’S GOOD TO GIVE EXTRA MONEY TO CHARITY
  • IT’S IMPORTANT TO STAY CLEAN ON ALL LEVELS
  • IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO RECONCILE YOUR HEART AND HEAD
  • IT’S JUST AN ACCIDENT YOUR PARENTS ARE YOUR PARENTS
  • IT’S NOT GOOD TO HOLD TOO MANY ABSOLUTES
  • IT’S NOT GOOD TO OPERATE ON CREDIT
  • IT’S VITAL TO LIVE IN HARMONY WITH NATURE
  • JUST BELIEVING SOMETHING CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN
  • KEEP SOMETHING IN RESERVE FOR EMERGENCIES
  • KILLING IS UNAVOIDABLE BUT IS NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF
  • KNOWING YOURSELF LETS YOU UNDERSTAND OTHERS
  • KNOWLEDGE SHOULD BE ADVANCED AT ALL COSTS
  • LABOR IS A LIFE DESTROYING ACTIVITY
  • LACK OF CHARISMA CAN BE FATAL
  • LEARN THING FROM THE GROUND UP
  • LEARN TO TRUST YOUR OWN EYES
  • LEISURE TIME IS A GIGANTIC SMOKESCREEN
  • LETTING GO IS THE HARDEST THING TO DO
  • LISTEN WHEN YOUR BODY TALKS
  • LOOKING BACK IS THE FIRST SIGN OF AGING AND DECAY
  • LOVING ANIMALS IS A SUBSITUTE ACTIVITY
  • LOW EXPECTATIONS ARE GOOD PROTECTION
  • MANUAL LABOR CAN BE REFRESHING AND WHOLESOME
  • MEN ARE NOT MONOGAMOUS BY NATURE
  • MODERATION KILLS THE SPIRIT
  • MONEY CREATES TASTE
  • MONOMANIA IS A PREREQUISITE OF SUCCESS
  • MORALS ARE FOR LITTLE PEOPLE
  • MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT FIT TO RULE THEMSELVES
  • MOSTLY YOU SHOULD MIND YOUR OWN BUISNESS
  • MOTHERS SHOULDN’T MAKE TOO MANY SACRIFICES
  • MUCH WAS DECIDED BEFORE YOU WHERE BORN
  • MURDER HAS ITS SEXUAL SIDE
  • MYTHS MAKE REALITY MORE INTELLIGIBLE
  • NOISE CAN BE HOSTILE
  • NOTHING UPSETS THE BALANCE OF GOOD AND EVIL
  • OCCASIONALLY PRINCIPLES ARE MORE VALUABLE THAN PEOPLE
  • OFFER VERY LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT YOURSELF
  • OFTEN YOU SHOULD ACT LIKE UOU ARE SEXLESS
  • OLD FRIENDS ARE BETTER LEFT IN THE PAST
  • OPACITY IS AN IRRESISTIBLE CHALLENGE
  • PAIN CAN BE A VERY POSITIVE THING
  • PEOPLE ARE BORING UNLESS THEY ARE EXTREMISTS
  • PEOPLE ARE NUTS IF THEY THINK THEY ARE IMPORTANT
  • PEOPLE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THEY DO UNLESS THEY’RE INSANE
  • PEOPLE WHO DON’T WORK WITH THEIR HANDS ARE PARASITES
  • PEOPLE
    GO CRAZY ARE TOO SENSITIVE
  • PEOPLE WON’T BEHAVE IF THEY HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE
  • PHYSICAL CULTURE IS SECOND-BEST
  • PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE IS ESCAPISM
  • PLAYING IT SAFE CAN CAUSE A LOT OF DAMAGE IN THE LONG RUN
  • POLITICS IS USED FOR PERSONAL GAIN
  • POTENTIAL COUNTS FOR NOTHING UNTIL IT’S REALIZED
  • PRESENTATION IS AS IMPORTANT AS CONTENT
  • PURSUING PLEASURE FOR THE SAKE OF PLEASURE WILL RUIN YOU
  • PUSH YOURSELF TO THE LIMIT AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE
  • RAISE BOYS AND GIRLS THE SAME WAY
  • RANDOM MATING IS GOOD FOR DEBUNKING SEX MYTHS
  • RECHANNELING DESTRUCTIVE IMPULSES IS A SIGN OF MATURITY
  • RECLUSES ALWAYS GET WEAK
  • REDISTRIBUTING WEALTH IS IMPERATIVE
  • REALITIVITY IS NO BOON TO MANKIND
  • RELIGION CAUSES AS MANY PROBLEMS AS IT SOLVES
  • REMEMBER YOU ALWAYS HAVE FREEDOM OF CHOICE
  • REPETITION IS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN
  • RESOLUTIONS SERVE TO EASE YOUR CONSCIENCE
  • REVOLUTION BEGINS WITH THE CHANGES IN THE INDIVIDUAL
  • ROMANTIC LOVE WAS INVENTED TO MANIPULATE WOMEN
  • ROUTINE IS A LINK WITH THE PAST
  • ROUTINE SMALL EXCESSES ARE WORSE THAN THE OCCASIONAL EBAUCH
  • SACRIFICING YOURSELF FOR A BAD CAUSE IS NOT A MORAL ACT
  • SALVATION CAN’T BE BOUGHT AND SOLD
  • SELF-AWARENESS CAN BE CRIPPLING
  • SELF-CONTEMPT CAN DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD
  • SELFISHNESS IS THE MOST BASIC MOTIVATION
  • SELFLESSNESS IS THE HIGHEST ACHIEVMENT
  • SEPRATISM IS THE WAY TO A NEW BEGINNING
  • SEX DIFFERENCES ARE HERE TO STAY
  • SIN IS A MEANS OF SOCIAL CONTROL
  • SLIPPING INTO MADNESS IS GOOD FOR THE SAKE OF COMPARISON
  • SLOPPY THINKING GETS WORSE OVER TIME
  • SOLITUDE IS ENRICHING
  • SOME STONES ARE BETTER LEFT UNTURNED
  • SOME WOUNDS NEVER HEAL
  • SOMETIMES ALL YOU CAN DO IS LOOK THE OTHER WAY
  • SOMETIMES SCIENCE ADVANCES FASTER THAN IT SHOULD
  • SOMETIMES THINGS SEEMS TO HAPPEN OF THEIR OWN ACCORD
  • SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME ON SELF-IMPROVEMENT IS ANTI-SOCIAL
  • STARVATION IS NATURE’S WAY
  • STATIS IS A DREAM STATE
  • STERLIZATION IS THE WEAPON OF THE RULERS
  • STRONG EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT STEMS FROM BASIC INSECURITY
  • STUPID PEOPLE SHOULDN’T BREED
  • SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST APPLIES TO MEN AND ANIMALS
  • SYMBOLS ARE MORE MEANINGFUL THAN THINGS THEMSELVES
  • TAKING A STRONG STAND PUBLICIZES THE OPPOSITE POSITION
  • TALKING IS USED TO HIDE ONE’S INABILITY TO ACT
  • TEASING PEOPLE SEXUALLY CAN HAVE UGLY CONSEQUENCES
  • TECHNOLOGY WILL MAKE OR BREAK US
  • THE CRUELEST DISAPPOINTMENT IS WHEN YOU LET YOURSELF DOWN
  • THE DESIRE TO REPRODUCE IS A DEATH WISH
  • THE FAMILY IS LIVING ON BORROWED TIME
  • THE IDEA OF REVOLUTION IS AN ADOLESCENT FANTASY
  • THE IDEA OF TRANSCENDENCE IS USED TO OBSCURE OPPRESSION
  • THE IDIOSYNCRATIC HAS LOST ITS AUTHORITY
  • THE LAND BELONGS TO NO ONE
  • THE MORE YOU KNOW THE BETTER YOU ARE
  • THE MOST PROFOUND THINGS ARE INEXPRESSIBLE
  • THE MUNDANE IS TO BE CHERISHED
  • THE NEW IS NOTHING BUT A RESTATEMENT OF THE OLD
  • THE ONLY WAY TO BE PURE IS TO STAY YOURSELF
  • THE SUM OF ALL YOUR ACTIONS DETERMINES WHAT YOU ARE
  • THE UNATTAINABLE INVARIABLE IS ATTRACTIVE
  • THE WORLD OPERATES ACCORDING TO DISCOVERABLE LAWS
  • THERE ARE TOO FEW IMMUTABLE TRUTHS TODAY
  • THERE’S A FINE LINE BETWEEN INFORMATION AND PROPAGANDA
  • THERE’S NO SENSE BEING ANYWHERE BUT THE TOP OF THE HEAP
  • THERE’S NOTHING EXCEPT WHAT YOU SENSE
  • THERE’S NOTHING REDEEMING IN TOIL
  • THINKING TOO MUCH CAN ONLY CAUSE PROBLEMS
  • THREATENING SOMEONE SEXUALLY IS A HORRIBLE ACT
  • TIMIDITY IS LAUGHABLE
  • TO DISAGREE PRESUPPOSES MORAL INTREGRITY
  • TO VOLUNTEER IS REACTIONARY
  • TORTURE IS BARBARIC
  • TRADING A LIFE FOR A LIFE IS FAIR ENOUGH
  • TRUE FREEDOM IS FRIGHTFUL
  • UNIQUE THINGS MUST BE THE MOST VALUABLE
  • UNQUESTIONING LOVE DEMONSTRATES THE LARGESSE OF SPIRIT
  • USING FORCE TO STOP FORCE IS ABSURD
  • VIOLENCE IS PERMISSIBLE EVEN DESIRABLE OCCASIONALLY
  • WAR IS THE PURIFICATION RITE
  • WE MUST MAKE SACRIFICES TO MAINTAIN OUR QUALITY OF LIFE
  • WHEN SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPENS PEOPLE WAKE UP
  • WISHING THINGS AWAY IS NOT EFFECTIVE
  • WITH PERSEVERANCE YOU CAN DISCOVER ANY TRUTH
  • WORDS TEND TO BE INADEQUATE
  • WORRYING CAN HELP YOU PREPARE
  • YOU ARE A VICTIM OF THE RULES YOU LIVE BY
  • YOU ARE GUIELESS IN YOUR DREAMS
  • YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONSTITUTING THE MEANING OF THINGS
  • YOU ARE THE PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE
  • YOU CAN LIVE THROUGH YOUR DESCENDANTS
  • YOU CAN NEVER OUTRUN YOURSELF
  • YOU CAN PULL YOURSELF OUT OF ANY HOLE
  • YOU CAN’T EXPECT PEOPLE TO BE SOMETHING THEY’RE NOT
  • YOU CAN’T FOOL OTHERS IF YOU’RE FOOLING YOURSELF
  • YOU DIG YOUR OWN GRAVE
  • YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT’S WHAT UNTIL YOU SUPPORT YOURSELF
  • YOU GET THE FACE YOU DESERVE
  • YOU HAVE TO HURT OTHERS TO BE EXTRODINARY
  • YOU MUST BE INTIMATE WITH A TOKEN FEW
  • YOU MUST DISAGREE WITH AUTHORITY FIGURES
  • YOU MUST HAVE ONE GRAND PASSION
  • YOU MUST KNOW WHERE YOU STOP AND THE WORLD BEGINS
  • YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT PEOPLE REALLY THINK ABOUT YOU
  • YOU ONLY CAN UNDERSTAND SOMEONE OF YOUR OWN SEX
  • YOU OWN THE WORLD NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND
  • YOU SHOULD TRAVEL LIGHT
  • YOU SHOULD STUDY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
  • YOUR ACTIONS ARE POINTLESS IF NO ONE NOTICES
  • YOUR OLDEST FEARS ARE THE WORST ONES
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