39 Total Quotes

David Rockefeller Quotes

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
#American Businessman #Gentlemen

If necessity is the mother of invention, discontent is the father of progress
David Rockefeller
#Discontent

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

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
#American Businessman

Eventually, most people felt MoMA had filled a very important gap.
David Rockefeller
#American Businessman

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
#American Businessman

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

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
#American Businessman

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

I can only say that I have had a wonderful life.
David Rockefeller
#American Businessman

I do not like to be unkind.
David Rockefeller
#American Businessman

I hope the Guggenheim plan will be revived.
David Rockefeller
#American Businessman

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
#American Businessman

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

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

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
#American Businessman

I think I am basically a happy person.
David Rockefeller
#American Businessman

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

In order to appreciate cultures of another nation, one needs to go there, know the people and mingle with the culture of that country.
David Rockefeller
#American Businessman

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
#American Businessman

Little by little, though, people recognized that it was very important to give contemporary artists a permanent place where their work would be kept.
David Rockefeller
#American Businessman

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

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
#American Businessman

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

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

Much corporate giving is charitable in nature rather than philanthropic.
David Rockefeller
#American Businessman

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

Only once in my life was I on the edge of incivility.
David Rockefeller
#American Businessman

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
#American Businessman