Rules for life


14 Responses to “Rules for life”

  1. Cefeida says:

    CERTHAS, I think what they mean by work is any kind of activity that helps us develop, not simply performing a job to earn money. That is, instead of sitting idle in our free time, to try and do something, anything, take a walk at the least. Active versus passive, that sort of thing. Of course, at the end of the day we should mind the balance.

    Like any Rules For Life’ they’re more like guidelines, inspirations. A bit convoluted for my taste, but I really do like the Work one. And I’m as lazy as they come.

  2. Trantor says:

    “There is no win and no fail. There is only make.”
    “The only rule is work.”

    Must work and make, not wake and bake!

  3. swiftysjunk says:

    Help!! I’ve pulled everything out, but can’t fit it back in! Also, how do you get blood out of carpeting?

  4. pam2421 says:

    For years I’ve seen this attributed to John Cage, as 10 rules. It was something I saw at the beginning of each term at every art school/department I’ve been to or worked at. Wonder who actually did it.

    See this:

  5. rollerskater says:

    fuck the rulez.

  6. angusm says:

    With due respect, these strike me as mostly insipid or obvious. Still, I’m glad whoever wrote them out limited themselves to making a single sign, rather than writing an entire kitschy self-help book called “Who moved the parachute for my chicken soup from Venus?” (that will no doubt come later).

    The one that disturbs me the most is: “Be self-disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them.”

    That’s not _my_ understanding of what it means to be self-disciplined. Personally, I think the world could use a little less blind obedience and a few more people learning to think for themselves. But that’s just me …

  7. timeart says:

    This was actually written by the great composer John Cage. I’ve been using them in my classroom for years.

  8. Michael Leddy says:

    I’ve been giving Rule 7 to my students for years. See here:

    Really important: Rule 7 doesn’t say that the only thing you can do is work. (That’s there no fun.) Rather: the only necessary thing is work.

    There’s a book somewhere about Corita Kent with a photo of the wall on which these rules were written (by faculty and students, anyone who wanted to contribute, I think).

  9. anthony says:

    Thanks for these.

    This link leads to a page where someone has posted late sculptor Paul Thek’s questionnaire for students of his “fourth dimensional sculpture” course:

  10. loudiamondphillips says:

    loudiamondphillips don’t play by nobody’s rules.

  11. haineux says:

    Superb! I am a big fan of the Oblique Strategies, but the Oblique Strategies are clearly the fussy finials on the balustrade; these are the foundations of the house.

  12. chrisb says:

    Epic make!

  13. Certhas says:

    “The only rule is work.”

    “I think that there is far too much work done in the world, that immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous, and that what needs to be preached in modern industrial countries is quite different from what always has been preached.”

    And much better (but in German):

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