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" Art evokes emotion. It doesn't have to be a thing of beauty. "
" You don't support politicians in their elections if whoever's seeking money only has a goal to stay in office or get in office. You have to pick the people who are going to do the best job. "
" Any city in America would like to get a museum built if they didn't have to pay for it. "
" People would rather have art or gold instead of paper money. "
" Philanthropy is activism. "
" Without a doubt, stem cell research will lead to the dramatic improvement in the human condition and will benefit millions of people. "
" I could live anywhere in the world I want. But Los Angeles is the place to live. "
" I've got a big ego, I admit it; I'm ego-driven. "
" I have always believed that every great city in history needs a vibrant center. "
" Charity is just writing checks and not being engaged. Philanthropy, to me, is being engaged, not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really involved and doing things that haven't been done before. "
" I'd be bored to death if I spent all my time with other businesspeople, bankers and lawyers. "
" Oprah Winfrey's global influence is unparalleled. Not only has her generosity and firm belief that education is the key to a better life benefited countless women and children around the world, but her example has also inspired millions of people to give back in ways big and small. "
" Anything I do, I spend a lot of time. I do it with passion and intensity. I want to be in charge. "
" The unions no longer control the education agenda of the Democratic Party. "
" I'm strong-willed. Architects are strong-willed. You get the best results with a strong client and a strong architect working together. "
" I think over any period of time, especially if you don't use leverage, it is difficult to continually beat the S&P 500. "
" School district policies and practices have not kept pace with student and teacher needs. "
" Being a Midwesterner, I know that many of the middle-class manufacturing jobs that had been at the heart of our economy are either gone or going, and they're not coming back. "
" To me, unconventional thinking is approaching a problem and asking, 'Why not? Why can't something be done?' If someone can't give me a good reason why you can't do something, I find a way to do it. "
" The happiest people I've found are in science. These people have three times the IQ - maybe I'm exaggerating. They have a higher IQ than I do. They love what they're doing, they have a good family life, they're satisfied. "
" I believe in the democratization of the arts. What do I mean by that? I think museums, with some exceptions, have a responsibility to educate a much broader public. "
" Artists rarely do the same thing over and over again. Art is about the new, doing things in a new way. "
" Los Angeles is one of the four cultural capitals of the world, but we don't attract as many cultural tourists as New York, London or Paris. I want to change that. "
" The first dream I had was just to get a college education. I got through college in three years, taking extra classes in summer school. "
" I never play golf because it takes too long, and the business connections it produces can be made just as easily over an early breakfast. "
" It's critical that states improve how teachers are trained, recruited, evaluated, compensated, advanced, and retained. "
" For businesses to be successful, they need to constantly ask the question: 'How can we provide value to our customers?' At the end of the day, that is what matters. "
" Civilizations are not remembered by their business people, their bankers or lawyers. They're remembered by the arts. "
" I'd rather be respected than loved. "
" I don't see myself as a great discoverer of artists, like Charles Saatchi. "
" People don't know I've got a deep social conscience. I'm a child of the Depression, born in 1933. My parents were very liberal in their social views. "