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I probably have fundamentally antisocial tendencies.
by Maya Lin

I probably have fundamentally antisocial tendencies.
I never took one extracurricular activity.
I just failed utterly at that level.
Part of me still rebels against that.
- Maya Lin

I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings.
That's art to me.
- Maya Lin

Warmth isn't what minimalists are thought to have.
- Maya Lin

The role of art in society differs for every artist.
- Maya Lin

 

I loved logic, math, computer programming.
I loved systems and logic approaches.
And so I just figured architecture is this perfect combination.
- Maya Lin

All my work is much more peaceful than I am.
- Maya Lin

It's funny, as you live through something you're not aware of it.
- Maya Lin

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For the most part things never get built the way they were drawn.
- Maya Lin

I didn't have anyone to play with so I made up my own world.
- Maya Lin

I loved school.
I studied like crazy.
I was a Class A nerd.
- Maya Lin

The process I go through in the art and the architecture,
I actually want it to be almost childlike.
Sometimes I think it's magical.
- Maya Lin

I had very few friends.
We always ate dinner with our parents.
We didn't want to go out.
American adolescence was a lot wilder than I would
have felt comfortable with.
- Maya Lin

If we can't face death, we'll never overcome it.
You have to look it straight in the eye.
Then you can turn around and walk back out into the light.
- Maya Lin

Some of your teachers are actually closer in age to you than you think.
- Maya Lin

I went through withdrawal when I got out of graduate school.
It's what you learn, what you think.
That's all that counts.
- Maya Lin

Some artists want to confront.
Some want to invoke thought.
They're all necessary and they're all valid.
- Maya Lin

I'm not in a hurry to do a lot of projects.
I am very resolved in each project I take on.
- Maya Lin

I was always making things.
Even though art was what I did every day,
it didn't even occur to me that I would be an artist.
- Maya Lin

We were unusually brought up; there was no gender differentiation.
I was never thought of as any less than my brother.
- Maya Lin

To fly we have to have resistance.
- Maya Lin

When I was building the Vietnam Memorial,
I never once asked the veterans what it was like in the war,
because from my point of view, you don't pry into other people's business.
- Maya Lin

A lot of my works deal with a passage,
which is about time.
I don't see anything that I do as a static object in space.
It has to exist as a journey in time.
- Maya Lin

You couldn't put me in a social group setting.
I'm probably a terrible anarchist deep down.
- Maya Lin

Nothing is ever guaranteed, and all that came before
doesn't predicate what you might do next.
- Maya Lin

Every memorial in its time has a different goal.
- Maya Lin

I started studying what the nature of a monument is
and what a monument should be.
And for the World War III memorial I designed a futile,
almost terrifying passage that ends nowhere.
- Maya Lin

My dad was dean of fine arts at the university.
I was casting bronzes in the school foundry.
I was using the university as a playground.
- Maya Lin

Growing up, I thought I was white.
It didn't occur to me I was Asian-American until I
was studying abroad in Denmark and there was a little bit of prejudice.
- Maya Lin

Sometimes you have to stop thinking.
Sometimes you shut down completely.
I think that's true in any creative field.
- Maya Lin

You should be having more fun in high school,
exploring things because you want to explore them and
learning because you love learning-not worrying about competition.
- Maya Lin

You have to let the viewers come away with their own conclusions.
If you dictate what they should think,
you've lost it.
- Maya Lin

OK, it was black, it was below grade,
I was female, Asian American, young,
too young to have served.
Yet I think none of the opposition in that sense hurt me.
- Maya Lin

How we are using up our home, how we are living and
polluting the planet is frightening.
It was evident when I was a child.
It's more evident now.
- Maya Lin

It's only in hindsight that you realize what indeed
your childhood was really like.
- Maya Lin

My parents are both college professors,
and it made me want to question authority,
standards and traditions.
- Maya Lin

My goal is to strip things down so that you need just
the right amount of words or shape to convey what you need to convey.
I like editing.
I like it very tight.
- Maya Lin

When I was very little, we would get letters from China,
in Chinese, and they' be censored.
We were a very insular little family.
- Maya Lin

My grandfather, on my father's side,
helped to draft one of the first constitutions of China.
He was a fairly well-known scholar.
- Maya Lin

I left science, then I went into art,
but I approach things very analytically.
I choose to pursue both art and architecture as completely
separate fields rather than merging them.
- Maya Lin

The definition of a modern approach to war is the acknowledgement
of individual lives lost.
- Maya Lin

Math, it's a puzzle to me.
I love figuring out puzzles.
- Maya Lin

I really enjoyed hanging out with some of the teachers.
This one chemistry teacher, she liked hanging out.
I liked making explosives.
We would stay after school and blow things up.
- Maya Lin

I was probably the first kid in my high school to go to Yale.
I applied almost as a lark.
Then, when I got there, I was the dumbest person in your class.
- Maya Lin

It was a requirement by the veterans to list the 57,000 names.
We're reaching a time that we'll acknowledge the individual
in a war on a national level.
- Maya Lin

Our parents decided not to teach us Chinese.
It was an era when they felt we would be better off
if we didn't have that complication.
- Maya Lin

To me, the American Dream is being able to follow your own personal calling.
To be able to do what you want to do is incredible freedom.
- Maya Lin

Art is very tricky because it's what you do for yourself.
It's much harder for me to make those works than the
monuments or the architecture.
- Maya Lin

It terrified me to have an idea that was solely mine
to be no longer a part of my mind,
but totally public.
- Maya Lin

The only thing that mattered was what you were to do in life,
and it wasn't about money.
It was about teaching, or learning.
- Maya Lin

In art or architecture your project is only done when you say it's done.
If you want to rip it apart at the eleventh hour and start all over again,
you never finish.
I was one of those crazy creatures.
- Maya Lin

Even though I build buildings and I pursue my architecture,
I pursue it as an artist.
I deliberately keep a tiny studio.
I don't want to be an architectural firm.
I want to remain an artist.
- Maya Lin

You have to have conviction and completely question
everything and anything you do.
No matter how much you study, no matter how much you know,
the side of your brain that has the smarts won't necessarily help you in making art.
- Maya Lin

I deliberately did not read anything about the Vietnam
War because I felt the politics of the war eclipsed
what happened to the veterans.
The politics were irrelevant to what this memorial was.
- Maya Lin

I probably spent the first 20 years of my life wanting
to be as American as possible.
Through my 20s, and into my 30s, I began to become
aware of how so much of my art and architecture has
a decidedly Eastern character.
- Maya Lin

If you think you can,
or you think you can't,
you're probably right.
- Henry Ford

If you have health, you probably will be happy,
and if you have health and happiness,
you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.
- Elbert Hubbard

If you don't know what you want, you will probably never get it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right,
you'll probably never do much of anything.
- Win Borden

What you don't do daily, you probably won't do weekly either.
What you make a habit of putting-off
just keeps getting pushed away again and again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody cares how much you know,
until they know how much you care.
- attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, among others,
but probably earlier and anonymous

In all our contacts, it is probably the sense
of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It's the little things you do
that can make a big difference.
What are you attempting to accomplish?
What little thing can you do today
that will make you more effective?
You are probably only one step away from greatness.
- Bob Proctor

One man with courage makes a majority.
- old saying probably repeated by Andrew Jackson
(falsely attributed to Jefferson)

Sister is probably the most competitive
relationship within the family,
but once the sisters are grown,
it becomes the strongest relationship.
- Margaret Mead

Today is probably a good day for something;
but it's a better day for doing nothing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,'
probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
- Woody Allen

Personally, I have fond memories of playing
on slippery rocks on the banks of a rushing river
as a child and hitchhiking in college.
To those who say, "But times are different now,"
I reply that statistically life is much safer now
than in the 1950s, with regard to both crime and accidents.
What has changed is our attitudes.
In those years, a broken leg from falling off a swing
or the back of a tractor was just part of childhood -
an excuse for gathering autographs.
Today that broken leg would be a source
of outrage and probably lawsuits.
I long for a simpler time when life was taken less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll
probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.
- Phil Jackson

If cats were double the size they are now,
they'd probably be illegal.
- Doug Coupland

A woman in love can't be reasonable -
or she probably wouldn't be in love.
- Mae West


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