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I'm sure we don't read old paintings the way they were intended. ...
by Robert Rauschenberg

I'm sure we don't read old paintings the way they were intended.
- Robert Rauschenberg

You begin with the possibilities of the material.
- Robert Rauschenberg

There was a whole language that I could never make
function for myself in relationship to painting and
that was attitudes like tortured,
struggle, pain.
- Robert Rauschenberg

I wouldn't use the same color in a picture in more than one place.
- Robert Rauschenberg

 

I did a twenty foot print and John Cage is involved
in that because he was the only person I knew in New
York who had a car and who would be willing to do this.
- Robert Rauschenberg

I think a painting is more like the real world if it's made out the real world.
- Robert Rauschenberg

And I think that even today, New York still has more
of this unexpected quality around every corner than any place else.
It's something quite extraordinary.
- Robert Rauschenberg

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Very quickly a painting is turned into a facsimile
of itself when one becomes so familiar with with it
that one recognizes it without looking at it.
- Robert Rauschenberg

A newspaper that you're not reading can be used for anything;
and the same people didn't think it was immoral to
wrap their garbage in newspaper.
- Robert Rauschenberg

But I found a lot of artists at the Cedar Bar were
difficult for me to talk to.
- Robert Rauschenberg

An empty canvas is full.
- Robert Rauschenberg

But I was in awe of the painters; I mean I was new in New York,
and I thought the painting that was going on here was just unbelievable.
- Robert Rauschenberg

If you don't have trouble paying the rent,
you have trouble doing something else;
one needs just a certain amount of trouble.
- Robert Rauschenberg

I don't think any one person, whether artist or not,
has been given permission by anyone to put the responsibility
of the way things are on anyone else.
- Robert Rauschenberg

Every time I've moved, my work has changed radically.
- Robert Rauschenberg

The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history.
- Robert Rauschenberg

I don't mess around with my subconscious.
- Robert Rauschenberg

And I think a painting has such a limited life anyway.
- Robert Rauschenberg

Oracle was I had started it I guess two and a half years ago,
maybe even longer than that, closer to three.
- Robert Rauschenberg

Pollock also...
wanted one to be wrapped in the painting.
- Robert Rauschenberg

I got so I was really just sick of sculpture.
- Robert Rauschenberg

And also the new excitement and variety of ways that
the abstract expressionists were applying paint.
You could put it on as though it were colored air and it would be painting.
- Robert Rauschenberg

I'm not so facile that I can accomplish or find out
what I want to know or explore enough of the possibilities
and a way of making a painting,
say, in just one painting or two paintings.
- Robert Rauschenberg

The only thing that I could get with chance,
and I never was able to use it, was that I would end
up with something quite geometric or the spirit that I was interested in,
indulging in, was gone.
- Robert Rauschenberg

I always have a good reason for taking something out
but I never have one for putting something in.
And I don't want to, because that means that the picture
is being painted predigested.
- Robert Rauschenberg

So that ideas of sort of relaxed symmetry have been
something for years that I have been concerned with
because I think that symmetry is a neutral shape as
opposed to a form of design.
- Robert Rauschenberg

And all of this, all these physical aspects of painting
at that time excited me very much.
You could do a picture in just black and white.
I mean all the things, whether you're soliciting permission or not,
do give you permission.
- Robert Rauschenberg

I think maybe chance works better in a situation like
music because music exists over a period of time,
and you don't maintain constantly the you can't refer
back from one area to another area.
- Robert Rauschenberg

Well, I like way downtown near the Battery.
I lived down there at this time and for,
I guess, the following well, this is where I moved
to uptown and I've been here for four years and this is 1965.
- Robert Rauschenberg

One can see that a canvas is six feet by eight feet,
say, quite accurately.
But you can spend two minutes and think it's five,
or thirty seconds and it's just a different bed for activities there.
- Robert Rauschenberg

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Success depends upon previous preparation,
and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
- Confucius

Most of us love, to be sure.
Yet far too often our love is passive.
We must be proactive in our love
in order for it to change our lives.
- Marianne Williamson

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks
in great and honorable courses
with a sure hope and trust in itself.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
- Abraham Lincoln

Forgiveness of all people and all acts -
is a sure path to happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours.
- Richard Bach

What I know for sure is that
what you give comes back to you.
- Oprah Winfrey

Since you are the one who has to live with your choices,
be sure they are your own.
- Alan Cohen

If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right,
you'll probably never do much of anything.
- Win Borden

It's not what you don't know that kills you,
it's what you know for sure that ain't true.
- Mark Twain

Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.
You have only to persevere to save yourselves.
- Winston Churchill

Keep moving. Don't stop. But don't rush.
Don't race around.
Sure and steady gets you there every time.
- Neale Donald Walsch

The more I see, the less I know for sure.
- John Lennon

Make sure you never, never argue at night.
You just lose a good night's sleep,
and you can't settle anything until morning anyway.
- Rose Kennedy

If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship,
we must love our friend for their sakes
rather than for our own.
- Charlotte Bronte

When you see someone putting on his Big Boots,
you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

As to marriage or celibacy, let a man
take which course he will,
he will be sure to repent.
- Socrates

Be clear that expectations are demands.
Demanding that life turn out the way we prefer
is a sure path to disappointment and suffering.
Happiness lies in having no expectations,
and accepting life as it comes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is the answer, and you know that for sure;
Love is a flower, you've got to let it grow.
- John Lennon

You know the only people who are always sure about
the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any.
- Bill Cosby

Just because it's true, I say as often as I can
in as many ways as I can form, "I sure love you."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Each of us is burdened by an unlimited number of
expectations (demands) that we hold for the actions of others.
We "know" that there is a right way to do things,
and are often outraged when our expectations are not met.
Usually, we are unaware that we merely
have a strong opinion and point-of-view,
and are sure that we know how everything is supposed to be.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The man who promises everything, is sure to fulfill nothing,
and everyone who promises too much is in danger of
using evil means in order to carry out his promises,
and is already on the road to perdition.
- Carl Jung

God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say.
Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful:
he makes saints out of sinners.
- Soren Kierkegaard

When I want to be bold about my movement ...
I for sure do not call it exercise!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Absence does not make the heart grow fonder,
but it sure heats up the blood.
- Elizabeth Ashley

Momma always said dyin' was a part of life.
I sure wish it wasn't.
- the movie Forrest Gump

I'm sure we all agree that we ought to love one another
and I know there are people in the world
that do not love their fellow human beings
and I HATE people like that.
- Tom Lehrer

As sure as the spring will follow the winter,
prosperity and economic growth will follow recession.
- Bo Bennett

I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure.
I make mistakes, I am out of control
and at times hard to handle.
But if you can't handle me at my worst,
then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.
- Marilyn Monroe

A woman should be home with the children,
building that home and making sure there's a secure family atmosphere.
- Mel Gibson

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people ...
They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

When you forgive, you in no way change the past -
but you sure do change the future.
- Bernard Meltzer

What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn't have any doubt -
it is sure to get where it is going,
and it doesn't want to go anywhere else.
- Hal Boyle

Adolescents are not monsters.
They are just people trying to learn how to make it
among the adults in the world,
who are probably not so sure themselves.
- Virginia Satir

I'm not the smartest fellow in the world,
but I can sure pick smart colleagues.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence;
then success is sure.
- Mark Twain


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