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<title>Song lyric inspiration from Jenny Holzer's Truisms </title>
<p><strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenny_Holzer">Jenny Holzer</a>'s “Truisms”</strong> - (<a href="http://creativetime.org/programs/archive/2005/holzer/pastprojects.html">provocative statements posted in public places</a>) - make great song-lyric inspiration. They're listed, below:</p>
<p>I love how they are designed to get a reaction, whether “that's so true!” or “that's so wrong!”</p>
<p>Lyric-writing could use more of that.</p>
<ul>
<li>a little knowledge can go a long way</li>
<li>a lot of professionals are crackpots</li>
<li>a man can't know what it is to be a mother</li>
<li>a name means a lot just by itself</li>
<li>a positive attitude means all the difference in the world</li>
<li>a relaxed man is not necessarily a better man</li>
<li>a sense of timing is the mark of genius</li>
<li>a sincere effort is all you can ask</li>
<li>a single event can have infinitely many interpretations</li>
<li>a solid home base builds a sense of self</li>
<li>a strong sense of duty imprisons you</li>
<li>absolute submission can be a form of freedom</li>
<li>abstraction is a type of decadence</li>
<li>abuse of power comes as no surprise</li>
<li>action causes more trouble than thought</li>
<li>alienation produces eccentrics or revolutionaries</li>
<li>all things are delicately interconnected</li>
<li>ambition is just as dangerous as complacency</li>
<li>ambivalence can ruin your life</li>
<li>an elite is inevitable</li>
<li>anger or hate can be a useful motivating force</li>
<li>animalism is perfectly healthy</li>
<li>any surplus is immoral</li>
<li>anything is a legitimate area of investigation</li>
<li>artificial desires are despoiling the earth</li>
<li>at times inactivity is preferable to mindless functioning</li>
<li>at times your unconsciousness is truer than your conscious mind</li>
<li>automation is deadly</li>
<li>awful punishment awaits really bad people</li>
<li>bad intentions can yield good results</li>
<li>being alone with yourself is increasingly unpopular</li>
<li>being happy is more important than anything else</li>
<li>being judgmental is a sign of life</li>
<li>being sure of yourself means you're a fool</li>
<li>believing in rebirth is the same as admitting defeat</li>
<li>boredom makes you do crazy things</li>
<li>calm is more conductive to creativity than is anxiety</li>
<li>categorizing fear is calming</li>
<li>change is valuable when the oppressed become tyrants</li>
<li>chasing the new is dangerous to society</li>
<li>children are the most cruel of all</li>
<li>children are the hope of the future</li>
<li>class action is a nice idea with no substance</li>
<li>class structure is as artificial as plastic</li>
<li>confusing yourself is a way to stay honest</li>
<li>crime against property is relatively unimportant</li>
<li>decadence can be an end in itself</li>
<li>decency is a relative thing</li>
<li>dependence can be a meal ticket</li>
<li>description is more important than metaphor</li>
<li>deviants are sacrificed to increase group solidarity</li>
<li>disgust is the appropriate response to most situations</li>
<li>disorganization is a kind of anesthesia</li>
<li>don't place to much trust in experts</li>
<li>drama often obscures the real issues</li>
<li>dreaming while awake is a frightening contradiction</li>
<li>dying and coming back gives you considerable perspective</li>
<li>dying should be as easy as falling off a log</li>
<li>eating too much is criminal</li>
<li>elaboration is a form of pollution</li>
<li>emotional responses ar as valuable as intellectual responses</li>
<li>enjoy yourself because you can't change anything anyway</li>
<li>ensure that your life stays in flux</li>
<li>even your family can betray you</li>
<li>every achievement requires a sacrifice</li>
<li>everyone's work is equally important</li>
<li>everything that's interesting is new</li>
<li>exceptional people deserve special concessions</li>
<li>expiring for love is beautiful but stupid</li>
<li>expressing anger is necessary</li>
<li>extreme behavior has its basis in pathological psychology</li>
<li>extreme self-consciousness leads to perversion</li>
<li>faithfulness is a social not a biological law</li>
<li>fake or real indifference is a powerful personal weapon</li>
<li>fathers often use too much force</li>
<li>fear is the greatest incapacitator</li>
<li>freedom is a luxury not a necessity</li>
<li>giving free rein to your emotions is an honest way to live</li>
<li>go all out in romance and let the chips fall where they may</li>
<li>going with the flow is soothing but risky</li>
<li>good deeds eventually are rewarded</li>
<li>government is a burden on the people</li>
<li>grass roots agitation is the only hope</li>
<li>guilt and self-laceration are indulgences</li>
<li>habitual contempt doesn't reflect a finer sensibility</li>
<li>hiding your emotions is despicable</li>
<li>holding back protects your vital energies</li>
<li>humanism is obsolete</li>
<li>humor is a release</li>
<li>ideals are replaced by conventional goals at a certain age</li>
<li>if you aren't political your personal life should be exemplary</li>
<li>if you can't leave your mark give up</li>
<li>if you have many desires your life will be interesting</li>
<li>if you live simply there is nothing to worry about</li>
<li>ignoring enemies is the best way to fight</li>
<li>illness is a state of mind</li>
<li>imposing order is man's vocation for chaos is hell</li>
<li>in some instances it's better to die than to continue</li>
<li>inheritance must be abolished</li>
<li>it can be helpful to keep going no matter what</li>
<li>it is heroic to try to stop time</li>
<li>it is man's fate to outsmart himself</li>
<li>it is a gift to the world not to have babies</li>
<li>it's better to be a good person than a famous person</li>
<li>it's better to be lonely than to be with inferior people</li>
<li>it's better to be naive than jaded</li>
<li>it's better to study the living fact than to analyze history</li>
<li>it's crucial to have an active fantasy life</li>
<li>it's good to give extra money to charity</li>
<li>it's important to stay clean on all levels</li>
<li>it's just an accident that your parents are your parents</li>
<li>it's not good to hold too many absolutes</li>
<li>it's not good to operate on credit</li>
<li>it's vital to live in harmony with nature</li>
<li>just believing something can make it happen</li>
<li>keep something in reserve for emergencies</li>
<li>killing is unavoidable but nothing to be proud of</li>
<li>knowing yourself lets you understand others</li>
<li>knowledge should be advanced at all costs</li>
<li>labor is a life-destroying activity</li>
<li>lack of charisma can be fatal</li>
<li>leisure time is a gigantic smoke screen</li>
<li>listen when your body talks</li>
<li>looking back is the first sign of aging and decay</li>
<li>loving animals is a substitute activity</li>
<li>low expectations are good protection</li>
<li>manual labor can be refreshing and wholesome</li>
<li>men are not monogamous by nature</li>
<li>moderation kills the spirit</li>
<li>money creates taste</li>
<li>monomania is a prerequisite of success</li>
<li>morals are for little people</li>
<li>most people are not fit to rule themselves</li>
<li>mostly you should mind your own business</li>
<li>mothers shouldn't make too many sacrifices</li>
<li>much was decided before you were born</li>
<li>murder has its sexual side</li>
<li>myth can make reality more intelligible</li>
<li>noise can be hostile</li>
<li>nothing upsets the balance of good and evil</li>
<li>occasionally principles are more valuable than people</li>
<li>offer very little information about yourself</li>
<li>often you should act like you are sexless</li>
<li>old friends are better left in the past</li>
<li>opacity is an irresistible challenge</li>
<li>pain can be a very positive thing</li>
<li>people are boring unless they are extremists</li>
<li>people are nuts if they think they are important</li>
<li>people are responsible for what they do unless they are insane</li>
<li>people who don't work with their hands are parasites</li>
<li>people who go crazy are too sensitive</li>
<li>people won't behave if they have nothing to lose</li>
<li>physical culture is second best</li>
<li>planning for the future is escapism</li>
<li>playing it safe can cause a lot of damage in the long run</li>
<li>politics is used for personal gain</li>
<li>potential counts for nothing until it's realized</li>
<li>private property created crime</li>
<li>pursuing pleasure for the sake of pleasure will ruin you</li>
<li>push yourself to the limit as often as possible</li>
<li>raise boys and girls the same way</li>
<li>random mating is good for debunking sex myths</li>
<li>rechanneling destructive impulses is a sign of maturity</li>
<li>recluses always get weak</li>
<li>redistributing wealth is imperative</li>
<li>relativity is no boon to mankind</li>
<li>religion causes as many problems as it solves</li>
<li>remember you always have freedom of choice</li>
<li>repetition is the best way to learn</li>
<li>resolutions serve to ease our conscience</li>
<li>revolution begins with changes in the individual</li>
<li>romantic love was invented to manipulate women</li>
<li>routine is a link with the past</li>
<li>routine small excesses are worse than then the occasional debauch</li>
<li>sacrificing yourself for a bad cause is not a moral act</li>
<li>salvation can't be bought and sold</li>
<li>self-awareness can be crippling</li>
<li>self-contempt can do more harm than good</li>
<li>selfishness is the most basic motivation</li>
<li>selflessness is the highest achievement</li>
<li>separatism is the way to a new beginning</li>
<li>sex differences are here to stay</li>
<li>sin is a means of social control</li>
<li>slipping into madness is good for the sake of comparison</li>
<li>sloppy thinking gets worse over time</li>
<li>solitude is enriching</li>
<li>sometimes science advances faster than it should</li>
<li>sometimes things seem to happen of their own accord</li>
<li>spending too much time on self-improvement is antisocial</li>
<li>starvation is nature's way</li>
<li>stasis is a dream state</li>
<li>sterilization is a weapon of the rulers</li>
<li>strong emotional attachment stems from basic insecurity</li>
<li>stupid people shouldn't breed</li>
<li>survival of the fittest applies to men and animals</li>
<li>symbols are more meaningful than things themselves</li>
<li>taking a strong stand publicizes the opposite position</li>
<li>talking is used to hide one's inability to act</li>
<li>teasing people sexually can have ugly consequences</li>
<li>technology will make or break us</li>
<li>the cruelest disappointment is when you let yourself down</li>
<li>the desire to reproduce is a death wish</li>
<li>the family is living on borrowed time</li>
<li>the idea of revolution is an adolescent fantasy</li>
<li>the idea of transcendence is used to obscure oppression</li>
<li>the idiosyncratic has lost its authority</li>
<li>the most profound things are inexpressible</li>
<li>the mundane is to be cherished</li>
<li>the new is nothing but a restatement of the old</li>
<li>the only way to be pure is to stay by yourself</li>
<li>the sum of your actions determines what you are</li>
<li>the unattainable is invariable attractive</li>
<li>the world operates according to discoverable laws</li>
<li>there are too few immutable truths today</li>
<li>there's nothing except what you sense</li>
<li>there's nothing redeeming in toil</li>
<li>thinking too much can only cause problems</li>
<li>threatening someone sexually is a horrible act</li>
<li>timidity is laughable</li>
<li>to disagree presupposes moral integrity</li>
<li>to volunteer is reactionary</li>
<li>torture is barbaric</li>
<li>trading a life for a life is fair enough</li>
<li>true freedom is frightful</li>
<li>unique things must be the most valuable</li>
<li>unquestioning love demonstrates largesse of spirit</li>
<li>using force to stop force is absurd</li>
<li>violence is permissible even desirable occasionally</li>
<li>war is a purification rite</li>
<li>we must make sacrifices to maintain our quality of life</li>
<li>when something terrible happens people wake up</li>
<li>wishing things away is not effective</li>
<li>with perseverance you can discover any truth</li>
<li>words tend to be inadequate</li>
<li>worrying can help you prepare</li>
<li>you are a victim of the rules you live by</li>
<li>you are guileless in your dreams</li>
<li>you are responsible for constituting the meaning of things</li>
<li>you are the past present and future</li>
<li>you can live on through your descendants</li>
<li>you can't expect people to be something they're not</li>
<li>you can't fool others if you're fooling yourself</li>
<li>you don't know what's what until you support yourself</li>
<li>you have to hurt others to be extraordinary</li>
<li>you must be intimate with a token few</li>
<li>you must disagree with authority figures</li>
<li>you must have one grand passion</li>
<li>you must know where you stop and the world begins</li>
<li>you can understand someone of your sex only</li>
<li>you owe the world not the other way around</li>
<li>you should study as much as possible</li>
<li>your actions ae pointless if no one notices</li>
<li>your oldest fears are the worst ones</li>
</ul>
All of these © Jenny Holzer (not me!)
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