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Happy Birthday, Agnes Martin: The Iconic Painter on Art, Solitude, and the Secret of Happiness


“Doing what you were born to do … That’s the way to be happy.”

Martin makes a case for finding your purpose and doing what you love:There are so many people who don’t know what they want. And I think that, in this world, that’s the only thing you have to know — exactly what you want. … Doing what you were born to do … That’s the way to be happy.

Adding to history’s famous definitions of art and echoing Susan Sontag on music, Martin observes:

Art is responded to with emotion … and the best art is music — that’s the highest form of art. It’s completely abstract, and we make about eight times as much response to music than any of the other arts.

She admonishes against the egocentricity of the artist:

The worst thing you can think about when you’re working is yourself.

Seconding Maira Kalman on the value of the empty brain, Martin professes:

I’m an empty mind. When something comes into it, you can see it.

She echoes Hemingway’s insistence on solitude:

The best things in life happen to you when you’re alone.

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/12/28/richard-dawkins-letter-to-daughter/ – love


The greatest satisfaction you can obtain from life is your pleasure in producing, in your own individual way, something of value to your fellowmen. That is creative living!

Actually, there is only one way in this world to achieve true happiness, and that is to express yourself with all your skill and enthusiasm in a career that appeals to you more than any other. In such a career, you feel a sense of purpose, a sense of achievement. You feel you are making a contribution. It is not work.

No matter what your age or condition or experience, the sooner you find out what you really want to do and do it better, for that’s the only way anyone can avoid work.

Very Useful Rules for Living Stolen from Olivia Joules


Never Panic. Stop, breathe, think.


No one is thinking about you, They’re thinking about themselves, just like you.


Never change a haircut or colour before an important event.


Nothing is either as bad or as good as it seems.


Do as you would be done by, eg, thou shalt not kill.


It is better to buy one expensive thing that you really like (and can afford) than several cheap ones that you only quite like.


Hardly anything matters. If you get upset, ask yourself: “Does it really matter?”


The key to success lies in how you pick yourself up from failure.


Be kind and honest.


Only buy clothes that make you feel like doing a small dance.


Trust your instincts, not your overactive imagination.


When overwhelmed by disaster, check if it’s really a disaster by doing the following: a) think “Oh f*** it”; b) attmpt to turn it into an amusing anecdote. If none of the above works, then maybe it is a disaster, so turn to items one (1) and five (5).


Don’t expect the work  to be safe or life to be fair.


Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.


Don’t regret anything. Remember there wasn’t anything else that could have happened who you were and the state of the world at that moment. The only thing you can change is the present, so learn from the past.


If you start regretting something and start thinking, “I should have done…”, always add: “But then I might have been run over by a runaway lorry. Or crushed by a falling grand piano.”