Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
No matter how hard I tried to popularize, I never cheapened a great work of art.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.
When I became director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was stodgy, gray, run by elitists. I said, ‘Hey, let’s kick the thing around.’ I wanted to attract young people to the museum. I said, ‘Make it hospitable. I want them to come. I want them to make dates, pick up girls, pick up boys – either way; I don’t care.’
If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values – that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
What was taken by force, can only be restored by force.
We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.