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My grandfather, along with Carnegie,
by David Rockefeller

My grandfather, along with Carnegie,
was a pioneer in philanthropy,
which my father then practiced on a very large scale.
- David Rockefeller

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I owe much to mother.
She had an expert's understanding, but also approached art emotionally.
- David Rockefeller

It is true that I am often startled and even angered
and repulsed by the strange directions and provocative
content of new forms that seem to pop up every few months.
- David Rockefeller

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.
- David Rockefeller

 

The Japanese banks are not having an easy time as they once had.
- David Rockefeller

Only once in my life was I on the edge of incivility.
- David Rockefeller

Much corporate giving is charitable in nature rather than philanthropic.
- David Rockefeller

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I do not like to be unkind.
- David Rockefeller

I never kept a diary, but I wrote detailed notes of my travels.
- David Rockefeller

The Christian ethic played an essential part in my upbringing.
- David Rockefeller

Money can add very much to one's ability to lead a constructive life,
not only pleasant for oneself, but, hopefully,
beneficial to others.
- David Rockefeller

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.
- David Rockefeller

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.
- David Rockefeller

Mother's taste was eclectic and ranged from the ancient
world to the contemporary from Europe to the U.S.
- David Rockefeller

I believe that government is the servant of the people and not their master.
- David Rockefeller

I can only say that I have had a wonderful life.
- David Rockefeller

MoMA is doubling its space, and I decided to raise the money for it.
- David Rockefeller

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.
- David Rockefeller

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.
- David Rockefeller

Eventually, most people felt MoMA had filled a very important gap.
- David Rockefeller

I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child,
travel formed me as much as my formal education.
- David Rockefeller

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.
- David Rockefeller

When I see something I like, I buy it,
but I do not look for it madly.
- David Rockefeller

I think of art as the highest level of creativity.
To me, it is one of the greatest sources of enjoyment.
- David Rockefeller

Mother's interest in contemporary American artists
emerged during the 1920s.
- David Rockefeller

I think I am basically a happy person.
- David Rockefeller

As children we recognized that we belonged to an unusual,
even exceptional, family, but the effect was different on each of us.
- David Rockefeller

A museum has to renew its collection to be alive,
but that does not mean we give on important old works.
- David Rockefeller

I hope the Guggenheim plan will be revived.
- David Rockefeller

When you have a lot of resources, the most important
thing is to have had good parents and to have been
brought up by people who gave one the proper values.
- David Rockefeller

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.
- David Rockefeller

You know, gentlemen, that I do not owe any personal income tax.
But nevertheless, I send a small check,
now and then, to the Internal Revenue Service out of
the kindness of my heart.
- David Rockefeller

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.
- David Rockefeller

I suspect that many corporations have begun to understand
that they have an important role to play in the lives of their communities,
and that allocating funds to support local groups helps
them discharge that function and also burnish their image.
- David Rockefeller

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.
- David Rockefeller

They decided to establish a museum of modern art where
works by contemporary artists would be shown.
Mother was viewed as a very progressive person,
and not everybody liked the paintings she bought.
- David Rockefeller

I don't know who my grandfather was;
I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
- Abraham Lincoln

You have to do your own growing
no matter how tall your grandfather was.
- Abraham Lincoln

My parents and my grandfather on my mom's side would travel the earth.
They went to Australia and China, and they went to
probably every soccer game I ever played.
- Brandi Chastain

If the grandfather of the grandfather of Jesus had
known what was hidden within him,
he would have stood humble and awe-struck before his soul.
- Khalil Gibran

We return thanks to our mother,
the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines
for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren from witches and reptiles,
and has given us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.
- Iroquois traditional

My role model was my grandfather.
He instilled in me the feeling that no matter how successful
you are you have a responsibility to help others.
- Kevin Johnson

My mother's side of the family was in the production side of theatre.
My grandfather, Jose Vega, was a general manager for
Neil Simon shows on Broadway.
- Yancy Butler

We will never forget those like my great-grandfather who fought at Vicksburg.
- Roy Barnes

Growing up, I didn't give my grandfather's photography a second thought.
I wasn't involved in his work, except that I helped
my dad print his negatives.
- Kim Weston

You were only truly patriotic if you had a laborer
for a grandfather and were glad of it.
- Rebecca H. Davis

I was taught by my grandfather that anything that your mind can conceive,
you can have.
It's a reality.
- Lenny Kravitz

In my grandfather's lab, scientists did independent research,
and peers reviewed and commented on its merits.
Politics, he taught me, had no place in the scientific process.
- Tammy Baldwin

My dad had been an actor...
not only had my dad been an actor, but his dad had been an actor,
and my great-grandfather had been an actor.
And who knows before then?
- David Hyde Pierce

Our parents came home one day and heard us,
and they thought it was the radio, but our grandfather told them it was us.
- Barry Gibb

When I was about 3, my grandfather used to give me
and my sister a nickel to sit out on the front porch with him and sing songs.
- Tommy Shaw

When my grandfather died, I started adopting some of his accents,
to sort of remind myself of him.
A homage.
He was a war hero, and he was really great with his hands.
- Gavin DeGraw

My grandfather was a voodoo priest.
A lot of my life dealt with spirituality.
I can close my eyes and remember where I come from.
- Wyclef Jean

My uncle and my grandfather both worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
- Dave Van Ronk

I met Patricia Neal, John Houseman.
But I loved my grandfather because he was this kind,
talented man.
- Illeana Douglas

Three of my children are medical doctors,
they know at least a hundred times as much about your
body as my grandfather knew,
but they don't know much more about soul than he did.
- John Templeton

I'm from Chicago.
My grandfather was a policeman, and my aunts are married to policemen.
- Robin Tunney

Rock's so good to me.
Rock is my child and my grandfather.
- Chuck Berry

My grandfather was running Hillcrest Country Club,
and that's where a whole group of Hollywood comedians hung out.
- Leigh Steinberg

Alzheimer's is a devastating disease.
It was painful for me and my family to watch my grandfather deteriorate.
We must find a cure for this horrible disease.
- David Hyde Pierce

I phoned my grandparents and my grandfather said 'We saw your movie.'
'Which one?' I said.
He shouted 'Betty, what was the name of that movie I didn't like?
- Brad Pitt

I vividly remember the stories my grandfather told
me about the carnage of the First World War,
which people tend to forget was one of the worst massacres in human history.
- Antonio Tabucchi

My grandfather gave me my first guitar,
an old acoustic with palm trees and dancing girls painted on it.
- Dan Fogelberg

I felt no pressure that my grandfather was famous and my uncle was famous.
- Kim Weston

More and more, when I single out the person out who inspired me most,
I go back to my grandfather.
- James Earl Jones

Although raised on the farm - my grandfather was an
unsuccessful fundamentalist preacher turned farmer -
my father and his brother both became professors.
- Philip Warren Anderson

My grandfather was in a barbershop quartet and my grandmother
was in a gospel quartet with her sisters.
- Kevin Richardson

This is not to say that the Scots are not fine people,
but they were all sort of...
well, my grandfather was a minister and sort of Protestant,
and this was rather depressing to me.
- Alan Hovhaness

My grandfather was a cop in Long Island.
I often try to draw on things that I've heard about him.
- Yancy Butler

Just because someone's dead doesn't mean it's over.
My grandfather died more than 25 years ago,
but I still think of him a lot and smell his smell.
- Julian Clary

Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth
and lean to hear my feeble voice.
- Black Elk


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