David Rockefeller Quotes

I believe that government is the servant of the people and not their master... view

By: David Rockefeller

The Christian ethic played an essential part in my upbringing... view

By: 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... view

By: David Rockefeller

The Japanese banks are not having an easy time as they once had... view

By: David Rockefeller

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

By: David Rockefeller

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

By: 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... view

By: David Rockefeller

Eventually, most people felt MoMA had filled a very important gap... view

By: 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... view

By: 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... view

By: 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... view

By: 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... view

By: 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... view

By: David Rockefeller

When I see something I like, I buy it, but I do not look for it madly... view

By: 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... view

By: 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... view

By: 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... view

By: 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... view

By: 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... view

By: David Rockefeller

Only once in my life was I on the edge of incivility... view

By: David Rockefeller

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

By: David Rockefeller

Much corporate giving is charitable in nature rather than philanthropic... view

By: David Rockefeller

Mother's interest in contemporary American artists emerged during the 1920s... view

By: David Rockefeller

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

By: David Rockefeller

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

By: David Rockefeller

I can only say that I have had a wonderful life... view

By: David Rockefeller

I do not like to be unkind... view

By: David Rockefeller

I hope the Guggenheim plan will be revived... view

By: David Rockefeller

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

By: David Rockefeller

I never kept a diary, but I wrote detailed notes of my travels... view

By: 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... view

By: David Rockefeller

I think I am basically a happy person... view

By: David Rockefeller

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

By: 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... view

By: David Rockefeller

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

By: 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... view

By: David Rockefeller