Wisdom on Wednesdays—Society will destroy us

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Tagliocozzo, 1939, pastel on paper

“We are in the condition today of being reduced by the tyranny of society and require that check and balance which can only be provided by the agrarian outlook: the family as a unit on the land.  Unless the family (and person) once more assume importance, society will destroy us.”  (1941)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—Loving “people”

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The Visitation, dated August 11, 1921, pastel on paper

“It is hard to ‘love people’, because ‘people’ is an abstraction.  Why not love a person or a family, something concrete.”  (1956)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—“the only man who stands alone”

Gertrude with Violin, c. 1946, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in.

“One thing common to the millions of conformist individualists is that they are suffering under the delusion that they are alone and fighting a back-to-the-wall losing battle against authority.  Actually, the only man who stands alone today is the person (not individual) who makes decisions which are basically moral, and who takes full responsibility.”  (1961)