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John Cage: some rules and hints

August 22, 2013



By John Cage

Rule 1: Find a place you trust and then, try trusting it for a while.

Rule 2: General duties of a student:

Pull everything out of your teacher.

Pull everything out of your fellow students.

Rule 3: General duties of a teacher:

Pull everything out of your students.

Rule 4: Consider everything as an experiment.

Rule 5: BE SELF-DISCIPLINED. This means finding someone wise or smart and

choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To

be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

Rule 6: FOLLOW THE LEADER. Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no

fail. There is only make.

Rule 7: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It is the

people who do all the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.

You can fool the fans – but not the players.

Rule 8: Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They are different


Rule 9: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It is lighter than

you think.

Rule 10: We are breaking all the rules, even our own rules, and how do we do that?

By leaving plenty of room for X qualities.

Helpful Hints:

Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read

everything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully and often. Save

everything. It may come in handy later.

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