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8 Truisms

Liliana Porter

8 Truisms

1977-79

Set of eight offset posters on paper

Image/paper size: 34 3/4 x 22 7/8 inches (88.3 x 58.1 cm)

Krakow Witkin Gallery

Boston, MA

617 262 4490

$5,500 - $12,000

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Signed lower right on last sheet

(Inventory #27091)

Text:

1st sheet: 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 genius 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 Abuse of power comes as no surprise Action causes more trouble than thought Alienation produces eccentrics or revolutionaries All things are delicately interconnected Always store food 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 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

 

2nd sheet: Being honest is not always the kindest way Being judgmental is a sign of life Being sure of yourself means you're a fool Boredom makes you do crazy things Calm is more conducive 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 cruelest 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 valuable 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 too much trust in experts 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 Even your family can betray you

 

3rd Sheet: 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 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 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 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

 

4th Sheet: 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's 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 just an accident your parents are your parents It's not good to live on credit It's vital to live in harmony with nature Killing is unavoidable but is nothing to be proud of Knowledge should be advanced at all costs Labor is a life-destroying activity Lack of charisma can be fatal Learn things from the ground up Learn to trust your own eyes Leisure time is a gigantic smokescreen 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

 

5th Sheet: Monomania is a prerequisite for 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 Myths make reality more intelligible 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're 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 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 Presentation is as important as content Private property created crime Pursuing pleasure for the sake of pleasure will ruin you Push yourself to the limit as often as possible

 

6th Sheet: 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 Revolution begins with changes in the individual Romantic love was invented to manipulate women Routine small excesses are worse than 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 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 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

 

7th Sheet: 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 off 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 by yourself The sum of your actions determines what you are The unattainable invariably 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 integrity Torture is barbaric

 

8th Sheet: 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 an purification rite We must make sacrifices to maintain our quality of life When something terrible happens people wake up Wishing thinbgs away is not effective Women love power Words tend to be inadequate 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 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 never know what people really think about you You only can understand someone of your own sex 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