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A collection of thoughts and quotations by Jenny Holzer on politics, feminism, survival, activism, gender, people, support, painting and art.

53 Insightful Quotes By Jenny Holzer, The Famous American Neo-Conceptual Artist

Quick Facts

Famous As: Artist, Painter, Sculptor

Born On: July 29, 1950

Born In: Gallipolis

Jenny Holzer is a neo-conceptual artist from the U.S. A large portion of her work is feminist in nature and as such, she is regarded as a member of the feminist branch of artists which rose to prominence in 1980. Holzer had always aspired to be an artist and in fact wanted to go into abstract art. She studied art at Duke University, before studying painting at the University of Chicago and eventually at Ohio University, from where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Holzer’s earliest work as an artist was in the field of public art and languages. Her career as an artist really took off after she became a resident of Manhattan in 1976 and the following year she started her most famous series of works titled ‘Truisms’. ‘The Truisms’ series contin-ued till 1979 and in 1981, she started another of her noted art series titled ‘Living’, that added on to her laurels. As a street artist it doesn’t come as a surprise that she is filled to the brim with great lines. Jenny Holzer's works, writings and interviews have highlighted many important issues and she has also expressed her thoughts on various issues through these mediums. Her finest quotes have been collected from her works, interviews etc. Here are some of her best quotes that express her thoughts and feelings on various issues which will surely strike a chord with you.

SPIT ALL OVER SOMEONE WITH A MOUTHFUL OF MILK IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT SOMETHING ABOUT THEIR PERSONALITY FAST.

Jenny Holzer

If you behaved nicely, the communists wouldn't exist.

Jenny Holzer

In a dream you saw a way to survive and you were full of joy.

Jenny Holzer

Boredom makes you do crazy things.

Jenny Holzer

You are a victim of the rules you live by.

Jenny Holzer

Turn soft and lovely anytime you have the chance.

Jenny Holzer

You confuse me with something that is in you. I will not predict how you want to use me.

Jenny Holzer

Going with the flow is soothing but risky.

Jenny Holzer

Protect me from what I want.

Jenny Holzer

Alienation produces eccentrics or revolutionary.

Jenny Holzer

Expressing anger is necessary.

Jenny Holzer

A positive attitude means all the difference in the world.

Jenny Holzer

Being happy is more important than anything else.

Jenny Holzer

At times inactivity is preferable to mindless functioning.

Jenny Holzer

A sense of timing is the mark of a genius.

Jenny Holzer

Raise boys and girls the same way.

Jenny Holzer

Savor kindness because cruelty is always possible later.

Jenny Holzer

Knowing yourself lets you understand others.

Jenny Holzer

Expiring for love is beautiful but stupid.

Jenny Holzer

Fear is the greatest incapacitator.

Jenny Holzer

Being alone with yourself is increasingly unpopular.

Jenny Holzer

A lot of professionals are crackpots.

Jenny Holzer

With all the holes in you already there's no reason to define the outside environment as alien.

Jenny Holzer

Deviants are sacrificed to increase group solidarity.

Jenny Holzer

SOME DAYS YOU WAKE AND IMMEDIATELY START TO WORRY. NOTHING IN PARTICULAR IS WRONG, ITS JUST THE SUSPICION THAT FORCES ARE ALIGNING QUIETLY AND THERE WILL BE TROUBLE.

Jenny Holzer

How do you resign yourself to something that will never be? You stop wanting just that thing. You go numb. Or you kill the agent of desire.

Jenny Holzer

I try to excite myself so I stay crazy.

Jenny Holzer

WHAT A SHOCK WHEN THEY TELL YOU IT WON'T HURT AND YOU ALMOST TURN INSIDE OUT WHEN THEY BEGIN.

Jenny Holzer

Enjoy yourself because you can't change anything anyway.

Jenny Holzer

Go where people sleep and see if they are safe

Jenny Holzer

She has no taste left to her and this makes it easier for me. The color of her where she is inside is enough to make me kill her.

Jenny Holzer

It is in your self-interest to find a way to be very tender.

Jenny Holzer

Ideals are replaced by conventional goals at a certain age.

Jenny Holzer

THERE IS A PERIOD WHEN IT IS CLEAR THAT YOU HAVE GONE WRONG BUT YOU CONTINUE. SOMETIMES THERE IS A LUXURIOUS AMOUNT OF TIME BEFORE ANYTHING BAD HAPPENS.

Jenny Holzer

YOU SHOULD LIMIT THE NUMBER OF TIMES YOU ACT AGAINST YOUR NATURE, LIKE SLEEPING WITH PEOPLE YOU HATE. ITS INTERESTING TO TEST YOUR CAPABILITIES FOR A WHILE BUT TOO MUCH WILL CAUSE DAMAGE.

Jenny Holzer

I KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND IT DOES ME NO GOOD AT ALL

Jenny Holzer

IT'S AN EXTRAORDINARY FEELING WHEN PART OF YOUR BODY ARE TOUCHED FOR THE FIRST TIME. I'M THINKING OF THE SENSATIONS FROM SEX AND SURGERY.

Jenny Holzer

An elite is inevitable.

Jenny Holzer

With you inside me comes the knowledge of my death.

Jenny Holzer

IT CAN BE STARTLING TO SEE SOMEONES BREATH, LET ALONE THE BREATHING OF A CROWD. YOU USUALLY DONT BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE EXTEND THAT FAR.

Jenny Holzer

Faithfulness is a social not a biological law.

Jenny Holzer

Hands on your breast can keep your heart beating.

Jenny Holzer

MORE THAN ONCE I'VE AWAKENED WITH TEARS RUNNING DOWN MY CHEEKS. I HAVE HAD TO THINK WHETHER I WAS CRYING OR WHETHER IT IS INVOLUNTARY, LIKE DROOLING.

Jenny Holzer

THE FOND OLD COUPLE WAS DISAPPEARING TOGETHER THROUGH SUCCESSIVE AMPUTATIONS.

Jenny Holzer

Someone else's body is a place for your mind to go.

Jenny Holzer

IT'S NO FUN WATCHING PEOPLE WOUND THEMSELVES SO THAT THEY CAN HOLE UP, NURSE THEMSELVES BACK TO HEALTH, AND REPEAT THE CYCLE. THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO.

Jenny Holzer

HOW CONCISE THAT YOU CAN CRY FROM AWFUL WOUNDS, DESERTION, HAPPINESS, MEMORIES, HUMILIATION, DISAPPOINTMENT OR GRANDEUR.

Jenny Holzer

WITH BLEEDING INSIDE THE HEAD THERE IS A METALLIC TASTE AT THE BACK OF THE THROAT.

Jenny Holzer

THE IMPULSE IS TO SQUEEZE AND FONDLE BABY WILD ANIMALS BUT THEN THEY'D BE BROKEN AND WHAT GOOD WOULD THEY BE?

Jenny Holzer

IF THE HOUSE IS BITTER COLD, ALL THE FLUIDS THEREIN, IF NOT FROZEN, ARE STIFF AND SLOW.

Jenny Holzer

IT CAN BE HELPFUL TO THINK OF THEM EATING YOUR FAVORITE FOODS AND OCCASIONALLY THROWING UP AND GETTING BITS STUCK IN THEIR NOSES.

Jenny Holzer

WHEN YOU'RE TRYING SOMETHING NEW, YOU'RE TORN BETWEEN ANTICIPATING A DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE AND THINKING YOU'RE A FOOL TO IGNORE WHAT YOU KNOW YOU LIKE.

Jenny Holzer

HOW DO YOU FIND THE RIGHT POSITION TO LIE DOWN WITH PEOPLE OR EVEN ANIMALS? OFTEN ONE OF THE PARTNERS IS SMOTHERED OR CONTORTED. WHEN DONE PROPERLY, THOUGH, EVERYONE IS HAPPY.

Jenny Holzer