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I think that every so-called history book and film
by Barbara Kruger

I think that every so-called history book and film
biography should be prefaced by the statement that
what follows is the author's rendition of events and circumstances.
- Barbara Kruger

I don't necessarily think that installation is the only way to go.
It's just a label for certain kinds of arrangements.
- Barbara Kruger

Listen: our culture is saturated with irony whether we know it or not.
- Barbara Kruger

As with the Princess Di crash, which sent the media
on the most insane feeding frenzy.
From the moment of the crash, the pornography of sentiment never let up.
- Barbara Kruger

 

I'm trying to deal with ideas about histories,
fame, hearsay, and how public identities are constructed.
- Barbara Kruger

Look, we're all saddled with things that make us better or worse.
This world is a crazy place, and I've chosen to make
my work about that insanity.
- Barbara Kruger

I'm an artist who works with pictures and words.
Sometimes that stuff ends up in different kinds of
sites and contexts which determine what it means and looks like.
- Barbara Kruger

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I think what I'm trying to do is create moments of recognition.
To try to detonate some kind of feeling or understanding of lived experience.
- Barbara Kruger

There are so many moments and works that influence us in what we do.
Movies, music, TV and, most importantly,
the profound everydayness of our lives.
- Barbara Kruger

I've always thought that it's good to watch the news
to find out what everybody else is looking at and believing,
if only because that's how consensus is constructed.
- Barbara Kruger

I feel uncomfortable with the term public art,
because I'm not sure what it means.
If it means what I think it does, then I don't do it.
I'm not crazy about categories.
- Barbara Kruger

I'd always been a news junkie, always read lots of
newspapers and watched the Sunday morning news shows
on TV and felt strongly about issues of power,
control, sexuality and race.
- Barbara Kruger

Things change and work changes.
Right now I like the idea of enveloping a space and
getting messages across that connect to the world in
ways that seem familiar but are different.
- Barbara Kruger

I'm living my life, not buying a lifestyle.
- Barbara Kruger

It's good to keep in mind that prominence is always a mix of hard work,
eloquence in your practice, good timing and fortuitous social relations.
Everything can't be personalized.
- Barbara Kruger

All the gossip and craziness becomes a kind of sustained narrative which,
in turn, can become history.
It's scary.
- Barbara Kruger

I want people to be drawn into the space of the work.
And a lot of people are like me in that they have relatively short attention spans.
So I shoot for the window of opportunity.
- Barbara Kruger

I just say I'm an artist who works with pictures and words.
- Barbara Kruger

I think I developed language skills to deal with threat.
It's the girl thing to do-you know, instead of pulling out a gun.
- Barbara Kruger

I had to figure out how to bring the world into my work.
- Barbara Kruger

You know, one of the only times I ever wrote about
art was the obituary of Warhol that I did for the Village Voice.
- Barbara Kruger

If most American cities are about the consumption of culture,
Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture -
not only national culture but global culture.
- Barbara Kruger

Prominence is cool, but when the delusion kicks in it can be a drag.
Especially if you choose to surround yourself with
friends and not acolytes.
- Barbara Kruger

I think there are different ways of being rigorous,
and I am asking people to be as rigorous in their pleasure as in their criticism.
- Barbara Kruger

Do you know why language manifests itself the way it
does in my work? It's because I understand short attention spans.
- Barbara Kruger

I try to deal with the complexities of power and social life,
but as far as the visual presentation goes I purposely
avoid a high degree of difficulty.
- Barbara Kruger

What makes the production of my work so expensive?
The whole installation thing -
the construction,
the objects, the technology.
It really adds up.
- Barbara Kruger

Warhol's images made sense to me, although I knew nothing
at the time of his background in commercial art.
To be honest, I didn't think about him a hell of a lot.
- Barbara Kruger

Direct address has been a consistent tactic in my work,
regardless of the medium that I'm working in.
- Barbara Kruger

Although my art work was heavily informed by my design
work on a formal and visual level,
as regards meaning and content the two practices parted ways.
- Barbara Kruger

I mean, making art is about objectifying your experience of the world,
transforming the flow of moments into something visual,
or textual, or musical, whatever.
Art creates a kind of commentary.
- Barbara Kruger

I think there are lots of ways to make good work.
You can throw big bucks at a project and make what some would call crap,
or you can work very modestly with eloquently moving results.
- Barbara Kruger

There's a moment of recognition.
It's that white-light kind of stuff that just "works."
I love that.
And you know it when it happens, whether it's a movie,
music, a building, a book.
- Barbara Kruger

I think people have to set up little battles.
They have to demonize people whom they disagree with or feel threatened by.
But it's the ideological framing of the debate that scares me.
- Barbara Kruger

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
- Socrates

Nurture your mind with great thoughts,
for you will never go any higher than you think.
- Benjamin Disraeli

To change who you are,
change who you think you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think wholeness is God's design for us;
and that often amounts to embracing contradictions.
- Bono

The most pathetic person in the world
is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
- Helen Keller

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie

Reality is what you believe it to be.
It's what you put your thought and energy into,
because your hands physically manifest thought.
So your world becomes what you feel and what you think.
- Jewel

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River of Life just flows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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