David Rockefeller Quotes

38 David Rockefeller quotes:

"As children we recognized that we belonged to an unusual, even exceptional, family, but the effect was different on each of us."
"By a museum, I assume you mean an institution dedicated to the events of Sept. 11 and the aftermath. If that is done with sensitivity, I think it would be most appropriate."
"Father was the eldest son and the heir apparent, and he set the standard for being a Rockefeller very high, so every achievement was taken for granted and perfection was the norm."
"Little by little, though, people recognized that it was very important to give contemporary artists a permanent place where their work would be kept."
"The role of a museum of modern art is to make a good selection and identify what we believe to be the coming movements, and that requires taste."
"I am convinced that material things can contribute a lot to making one's life pleasant, but, basically, if you do not have very good friends and relatives who matter to you, life will be really empty and sad and material things cease to be important."
"Mother's taste was eclectic and ranged from the ancient world to the contemporary from Europe to the U.S."
"The attacks on the World Trade Center and the current economic recession, which is particularly powerful in New York City, have put a number of building plans on hold for the time being."
"I think of art as the highest level of creativity. To me, it is one of the greatest sources of enjoyment."
"In order to appreciate cultures of another nation, one needs to go there, know the people and mingle with the culture of that country."
"Philanthropy is involved with basic innovations that transform society, not simply maintaining the status quo or filling basic social needs that were formerly the province of the public sector."
"The Japanese have a wonderful sense of design and a refinement in their art. They try to produce beautiful paintings with the minimum number of strokes."
"I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education."
"A museum has to renew its collection to be alive, but that does not mean we give on important old works."
"I hope the Guggenheim plan will be revived."
"I learned more from my mother than from all the art historians and curators who have informed me about technical aspects of art history and art appreciation over the years."
"The Japanese banks are not having an easy time as they once had."
"Eventually, most people felt MoMA had filled a very important gap."
"I think I am basically a happy person."
"The conventional notions of art have changed, and a lot of things done today are considered works of art that would have been rejected in the past."

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