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1. work more and better
2. work by a schedule
3. wash teeth if any
4. shave
5. take bath
6. eat good — fruit - vegetables - milk
7. drink very scant if any
8. write a song a day
9. wear clean clothes - look good
10. shine shoes
11. change socks
12. change bed clothes often
13. read lots good books
14. listen to radio a lot
15. learn people better
16. keep rancho clean
17. don't get lonesome
18. stay glad
19. keep hoping machine running
20. dream good
21. bank all extra money
22. save dough
23. have company but don't waste time
24. send mary and kids money
25. play and sing good
26. dance better
27. help win war - beat fascism
28. love mama
29. love papa
30. love pete
31. love everybody
32. make up your mind
33. wake up and fight

(Thanks to Jason Crane for this gem)


Keep walking, though there's no place to get to.
Don't try to see through the distances.
That's not for human beings.
Move within, but don't move the way fear makes you move.

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. 
Don't open the door to the study and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.



It was with the utmost reluctance that I found the figure could not serve my purposes. But a time came when none of us could use the figure without mutilating it.

The progression of a painter's work as it travels in time from point to point, will be toward clarity...toward the elimination of all obstacles between the painter and the idea...and the idea and the observer. To achieve this clarity is inevitably to be understood.

Since my pictures are large, colorful and unframed, and since museum walls are usually immense and formidable, there is the danger that the pictures relate themselves as decorative areas to the walls. This would be a distortion of their meaning, since the pictures are intimate and intense, and are the opposite of what is decorative.

I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.

It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.

The fact that people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I can communicate those basic human emotions...the people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when painting them. And if you say you are moved only by their color relationships then you miss the point.

I paint very large pictures. I realize that historically the function of painting large pictures is painting something very grandiose and pompous. The reason I paint them, however — I think it applies to other painters I know — is precisely because I want to be very intimate and human. To paint a small picture is to place yourself outside your experience. However you paint the larger picture, you are in it.