David Rockefeller

David Rockefeller
David Rockefeller
  • Born: June 12, 1915
  • Died: March 20, 2017
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Banker, Philanthropist

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We don’t have leaders like Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt or Nelson Mandella in politics today. If we are to go forward in the world, new leaders will have to emerge. Leaders & Leadership
A museum has to renew its collection to be alive, but that does not mean we give on important old works.
As children we recognized that we belonged to an unusual, even exceptional, family, but the effect was different on each of us. Families, Children & Parenting
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.
Eventually, most people felt MoMA had filled a very important gap.
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.
For more than 40 years, I have advocated the creation of a 'round the clock' community. This would mean, at the least, housing, schools and shops of various kinds alongside the commercial buildings. That kind of community had appeared in lower Manhattan in nascent form before Sept. 11, 2001.
Harvard has played an important role in my life. I was a student, Class of 1936, and I've been on the board of overseers. My experiences there shaped who I am. Life
I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Time ;Travel
I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education. In order to appreciate cultures of another nation, one needs to go there, know the people and mingle with the culture of that country. One way to do that, if one is lucky enough, is to buy things from those cultures. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Time ;Travel
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. Life ;Relationships
I am never angry, although sometimes distressed.
I believe that government is the servant of the people and not their master. Government
I can only say that I have had a wonderful life. Life
I do not like to be unkind.
I hope the Guggenheim plan will be revived. Hope
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. History ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I never kept a diary, but I wrote detailed notes of my travels.
I owe much to mother. She had an expert's understanding, but also approached art emotionally. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I realize how fortunate I have been; mine has been a wonderful life. Life
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.
I think I am basically a happy person.
I think of art as the highest level of creativity. I was exposed to it since I was very small. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I think of art as the highest level of creativity. To me, it is one of the greatest sources of enjoyment. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I was brought up feeling that art is a very important part of one's life. It's something that I not only enjoy, it's something I can share with others. Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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.
MoMA is doubling its space, and I decided to raise the money for it. Money, Coins & Minting
Money can add very much to one's ability to lead a constructive life, not only pleasant for oneself, but, hopefully, beneficial to others. Life ;Money, Coins & Minting
Money can add very much to one's ability to lead a constructive life, not only pleasant for oneself, but, hopefully, beneficial to others. My grandfather, along with Carnegie, was a pioneer in philanthropy, which my father then practiced on a very large scale. The Christian ethic played an essential part in my upbringing. Life ;Money, Coins & Minting
Mother liked beauty wherever she found it, and she found it in many different places, both in nature and in contemporary art. And that's where they pretty much parted company. Father... anything that was abstract would to him automatically be not very good. Nature ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Mother's interest in contemporary American artists emerged during the 1920s.
Mother's taste was eclectic and ranged from the ancient world to the contemporary from Europe to the U.S.
Much corporate giving is charitable in nature rather than philanthropic. Nature
My grandfather, along with Carnegie, was a pioneer in philanthropy, which my father then practiced on a very large scale. Families, Children & Parenting
My own interest in art was because of my mother. My father didn't like contemporary art, so he didn't give her large sums to spend. So, she began buying prints and drawings. During my school days, I remember sitting in on many of the early meetings. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Only once in my life was I on the edge of incivility. I do not like to be unkind. Life
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. Society
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. Time
The Christian ethic played an essential part in my upbringing.
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. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The Japanese banks are not having an easy time as they once had. Time
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. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
When I see something I like, I buy it, but I do not look for it madly.
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.
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.

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