Truisms

  • A little knowledge can go a long way
  • A lot of professionals are crackpots
  • A man can’t know what it is to be a mother
  • A name means a lot just by itself
  • A positive attitude means all the difference in the world
  • A relaxed man is not necessarily a better man
  • A sense of timing is the mark of 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 produces 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 motivating force
  • Animalism is perfectly healthy
  • Any surplus is immoral
  • Anything is a legitimate area of investigation
  • Artificial desires are despoiling the earth
  • At times inactivity is preferable to mindless functioning
  • At times your unconsciousness 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 judgmental 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 conductive to creativity than is anxiety
  • Categorizing fear is calming
  • Change is valuable when the oppressed become tyrants
  • Chasing the new is dangerous to society
  • Children are the most cruel of all
  • Children are the hope of the future
  • Class action is a nice idea with no substance
  • Class structure 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
  • Decency is a relative thing
  • Dependence can be a meal ticket
  • Description is more important than metaphor
  • Deviants are sacrificed to increase group solidarity
  • Disgust is the appropriate response to most situations
  • Disorganization is a kind of anesthesia
  • Don’t place to much trust in experts
  • Drama often obscures the real issues
  •  Dreaming while awake is a frightening contradiction
  • Dying and coming back gives you considerable perspective
  • Dying should be as easy as falling off a log
  • Eating too much is criminal
  • Elaboration is a form of pollution
  • Emotional responses are as valuable as intellectual responses
  • Enjoy yourself because you can’t change anything anyway
  • Ensure that your life stays in flux
  • Even your family can betray you
  • Every achievement requires a sacrifice
  •  Everyone’s work is equally important
  • Everything that’s interesting is new
  • Exceptional people deserve special concessions
  • 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 the 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 emotions is despicable
  • Holding back protects your vital energies
  • Humanism is obsolete
  • 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 your 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 heroic to try to stop time
  • It is man’s fate to outsmart himself
  • It is a gift to the world not 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 fact 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 just an accident that 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 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
  • Leisure time is a gigantic smoke screen
  • Listen when your body talks
  • Looking back is the first sign of aging and decay
  • Loving animals is a substitute 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 business
  • Mothers shouldn’t make too many sacrifices
  • Much was decided before you were born
  • Murder has its sexual side
  • Myth can 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 you 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 are insane
  • People who don’t work with their hands are parasites
  • People who 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
  • Private property created crime
  • 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
  • Relativity 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 our conscience
  • Revolution begins with changes in the individual
  • Romantic love was invented to manipulate women
  • Routine is a link with the past
  • Routine small excesses are worse than then the occasional debauch
  • 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 achievement
  • Separatism 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
  • Sometimes science advances faster than it should
  • Sometimes things seem to happen of their own accord
  • Spending too much time on self-improvement is antisocial
  • Starvation is nature’s way
  • Stasis is a dream state
  • Sterilization is a 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 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 by yourself
  • The sum of your actions determines what you are
  • The unattainable is invariable attractive
  • The world operates according to discoverable laws
  • There are too few immutable truths today
  • 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 integrity
  • 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 largesse of spirit
  • Using force to stop force is absurd
  • Violence is permissible even desirable occasionally
  • War is a 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 guileless in your dreams
  • You are responsible for constituting the meaning of things
  • You are the past present and future
  • You can live on through your descendants
  • You can’t expect people to be something they’re not
  • You can’t fool others if you’re fooling yourself
  • You don’t know what’s what until you support yourself
  • You have to hurt others to be extraordinary
  • 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 can understand someone of your sex only
  • You owe the world not the other way around
  • You should study as much as possible
  • Your actions are pointless if no one notices
  • Your oldest fears are the worst ones

Author: Jenny Holzer

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  1. iaresamuel

    Common sense goes a long way for these truisms.

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