We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis.

— David Rockefeller

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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.


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.


Whatever the price of the Chinese Revolution, it has obviously succeeded not only in producing more efficient and dedicated administration, but also in fostering high morale and community of purpose. The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao's leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history.


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.


This present window of opportunity, during which a truly peaceful and interdependent world order might be built, will not be open for too long - We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.


Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work.

But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.


If the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) raises the hackles of the conspiracy theorists, the Bilderberg meetings must induce apocalyptic visions of omnipotent international bankers plotting with unscrupulous government officials to impose cunning schemes on an ignorant and unsuspecting world.


If necessity is the mother of invention, discontent is the father of progress.


The negative impact of population growth on all of our planetary ecosystems is becoming appallingly evident.


Bilderberger Meeting: The world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government.


Mother's taste was eclectic and ranged from the ancient world to the contemporary from Europe to the U.S.


...somebody has to take governments' place, and business seems to me to be a logical entity to do it.


About David Rockefeller

Quotes 66 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Businessman
Birthday June 12, 1915

Only once in my life was I on the edge of incivility. I do not like to be unkind.


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.


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.


Money can add very much to one's ability to lead a constructive life, not only pleasant for oneself, but, hopefully, beneficial to others.


Populists believe in conspiracies, and one of the most enduring is that a secret group of international bankers and capitalists, and their minions, control the world's economy. Because of my name and prominence as the head of the Chase for many years, I have earned the distinction of the "conspirator in chief" from these people.


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.


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.


Whatever you do, if you do it hard enough you'll enjoy it.

The important thing is to work and work hard.


I think of art as the highest level of creativity.

To me, it is one of the greatest sources of enjoyment.


Everything is in place - after 500 years - to build a true 'new world' in the Western Hemisphere... And what happens if we don't pass NAFTA? I truly don't think that 'criminal' would be too strong a word for rejecting NAFTA.


I was born into wealth and there was nothing I could do about it. It was there like food or air.


I think that the best hope for peace and prosperity in the world is greater cooperation among nations, which in turn will be produced if both our governments and the people of our countries travel more and get to know each other better.


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.


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.


I do not like to be unkind.


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.


Populists and isolationists ignore the tangible benefits that have resulted from our active international role during the past half-century.


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.


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


The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.


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.


Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work


I never kept a diary, but I wrote detailed notes of my travels.


Mother's interest in contemporary American artists emerged during the 1920s.


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


I believe that government is the servant of the people and not their master.


Courting Peggy McGrath provided me with a very pleasant diversion and eventually with the most important relationship of my life.


The Christian ethic played an essential part in my upbringing.


Much corporate giving is charitable in nature rather than philanthropic.


I think I am basically a happy person.


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.


I can only say that I have had a wonderful life.


I realize how fortunate I have been; mine has been a wonderful life.


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


There have been people.. ever since I've had any kind of position in the world.. who have accused me of being ruler of the world. I have to say that I think for the large part, I would have to decide to describe them as crack pots. It makes no sense whatsoever, and isn't true, and won't be true, and to raise it as a serious issue seems to me to be irresponsible.


I hope the Guggenheim plan will be revived.


I don't recall that I have said and I don't think that I really feel that we need a world government. We need governments of the world that work together and collaborate. But, I can't imagine that there would be any likelihood or even that it would be desirable to have a single government elected by the people of the world.

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