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Bruce Nauman Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Bruce Nauman.

What I am really concerned about is what art is supposed to be -
and can become.
- Bruce Nauman

If you really want to do it, you do it.
There are no excuses.
- Bruce Nauman

I'll talk.
You'll listen.
- Bruce Nauman

And then what makes the work interesting is if you
choose the right questions.
- Bruce Nauman

 

I don't like to think about being an influence.
It's embarrassing.
- Bruce Nauman

And so I put down some of the things that he said,
about keeping your tools sharpened and not letting
them lie on the ground where they get hurt or get abused
and dirty and can't find them.
And some thoughts about how his father used to do things.
- Bruce Nauman

In art, the only one who really knows whether what
you've done is honest is the artist.
- Bruce Nauman

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Generalised anger and frustration is something that gets you in the studio,
and gets you to work - though it's not necessarily
evident in anything that's finished.
- Bruce Nauman

In the studio, I don't do a lot of work that requires repetitive activity.
I spend a lot of time looking and thinking and then
try to find the most efficient way to get what I want,
whether it's making a drawing or a sculpture,
or casting plaster or whatever.
- Bruce Nauman

In this case we're building a corner to stretch a fence and hang a gate.
It had a real purpose in the ranch here.
I needed to do this.
But at the same time, it made a beautiful structure.
- Bruce Nauman

And I don't have any specific steps to take because
I don't start the same way every time.
But there is a knowing when it's enough and you can leave it alone.
- Bruce Nauman

But if you can find that spot - I suppose it's like running -
I used to be a swimmer and swim laps,
and you just have to be there with what you're doing.
- Bruce Nauman

I like to use my hands and make things...
It might seem pretty stupid or pointless but that doesn't matter...
some of the most interesting work is the stuff that starts like that -
out of a raw need for activity.
- Bruce Nauman

If you choose the wrong questions and you proceed,
you still get a result, but it's not interesting.
- Bruce Nauman

But part of the enjoyment I take in it is finding the
most efficient way to do it,
which doesn't mean the corrections aren't made.
I like to have a feeling of the whole task before I start,
even if it changes.
- Bruce Nauman

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

Sometimes the things you really want
sneak in the back door.
Notice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

Love me when I least deserve it,
because that's when I really need it.
- Swedish Proverb

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

The journey between what you once were
and who you are now becoming
is where the dance of Life really takes place.
- Barbara De Angelis

Forgiveness is really a gift to yourself -
have the compassion to forgive others,
and the courage to forgive yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Take time to contemplate -
away from the opinions and influence of others -
what you really want
and what you believe to be important in your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

One of the secrets of life is that
all that is really worth the doing
is what we do for others.
- Lewis Carroll

If we don't change, we don't grow.
If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
- Gail Sheehy

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals,
because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out.
Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

The highest proof of the spirit is love.
Love is the eternal thing which men can already
on earth possess as it really is.
- Albert Schweitzer

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know:
the only ones among you who will be really happy
are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
- e. e. cummings

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The only ones among you who will be really happy
are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

We really have to understand the person we want to love.
If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it
as he who helps to perpetrate it.
He who accepts evil without protesting against it
is really cooperating with it.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

To have a friendship with God,
all I really have to do is have
a friendship with my Self.
- Neale Donald Walsch

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal
of plain living and high thinking
the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.
Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

How different our lives are when we
really know what is deeply important to us,
and keeping that picture in mind,
we manage ourselves each day
to be and to do what really matters most
- Stephen Covey

Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous,
there's really nothing to lose.
- Jewel

We never see Life as it really is.
All we can ever see is the reflection of Life -
distorted by our unique perceptions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I hear many people talk about their longing for a balanced life.
What I think they are really expressing
is a desire for a life with less pressure.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

One thing I know: the only ones among you
who will be really happy are those
who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

NO ONE is really different;
each of us is actually a member of the human race.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I'm saving that rocker for the day
when I feel as old as I really am.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

If we like what we do, if we always do our best,
then we are really enjoying life.
We are having fun, we don't get bored,
we don't have frustrations.
- don Miguel Ruiz

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are
and then live with that decision.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true
were really true, there would be little hope of advance.
- Orville Wright

The really great secret - Happiness is free.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We're constantly striving for success, fame and comfort
when all we really need to be happy
is someone or some thing to be enthusiastic about.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant.
You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard
or just think it's going to get on by itself.
You've got to keep watering it.
You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
- John Lennon

The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

You can never really live anyone else's life,
not even your child's.
The influence you exert is through your own life,
and what you've become yourself.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It is what a man thinks of himself
that really determines his fate.
- Henry David Thoreau

The minority is always stronger than the majority,
because the minority is generally formed by those
who really have an opinion.
- Soren Kierkegaard

A man who doesn't trust himself
can never really trust anyone else.
- Cardinal De Retz

Maybe life isn't really as complicated
as we make it out to be.
Perhaps a simple child-like attitude would create
a less stressful and happier life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous;
there's really nothing to lose.
There's no wrong you can't make right again,
so be kinder to yourself;
have fun, take chances. There are no bounds.
- Jewel

What you seem to be, be really.
- Benjamin Franklin

If something is important to you,
attend to it immediately, and regularly.
If something is not really important to you,
that's great also -
just scratch it off your to-do list forever,
and never worry about it again.
Choose how you invest your time, and honor your choices.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We can never get enough of what we don't really need.
- Matthew Kelly

In all our contacts, it is probably the sense
of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that,
but the really great make you feel that
you, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

The thing always happens that you really believe in;
and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

A friendship that can end never really began.
- Publilius Syrus

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela


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