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Maya Lin Quotes

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.
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To fly we have to have resistance.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Warmth isn't what minimalists are thought to have.

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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.

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

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

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

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Architecture is like a mythical fantastic. It has to be experienced. It can't be described. We can draw it up and we can make models of it, but it can only be experienced as a complete whole.

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I begin by imagining an artwork verbally. I try to describe in writing what the project is, what it is trying to do. I need to understand the artwork without giving it a specific materiality or solid form.

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I do not think you can find a reason for everything you make.

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