In art or architecture your project is only done when you say it's done. If you want to rip it apart at the eleventh hour and start all over again, you never finish. I was one of those crazy creatures.

— Maya Lin

The most revolutionary Maya Lin quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

Sometimes I think creativity is magic;

it's not a matter of finding an idea, but allowing the idea to find you.

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An artist fights to retain the integrity of a work so that it remains a strong, clear vision. Art is and should be the act of an individual willing to say something new, something not quite familiar.

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Our lives are given meaning by our actions-accomplishments made while we are "here" that extend beyond our own time.

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I also wanted remembering the past relevant to the present.

Some people wanted me to put the names in alphabetical order. I wanted them in chronological order so that a veteran could find his time within the panel. It's like a thread of life.

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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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Growing up, I thought I was white. It didn't occur to me I was Asian-American until I was studying abroad in Denmark and there was a little bit of prejudice.

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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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Our parents decided not to teach us Chinese.

It was an era when they felt we would be better off if we didn't have that complication.

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To fly, we have to have resistance. It's all about turbulence. Reacting to images of wave patterns in fluid motion.

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I really enjoyed hanging out with some of the teachers.

This one chemistry teacher, she liked hanging out. I liked making explosives. We would stay after school and blow things up.

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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 saw the Vietnam Veterans Memorial not as an object placed into the earth but as a cut in the earth that has then been polished, like a geode. Interest in the land and concern about how we are polluting the air and water of the planet are what make me want to travel back in geologic time-to witness the shaping of the earth before man.

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About Maya Lin

Quotes 48 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Architect
Birthday October 16

It was a requirement by the veterans to list the 57,000 names.

We're reaching a time that we'll acknowledge the individual in a war on a national level.

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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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The definition of a modern approach to war is the acknowledgement of individual lives lost.

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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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It terrified me to have an idea that was solely mine to be no longer a part of my mind, but totally public.

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I left science, then I went into art, but I approach things very analytically.

I choose to pursue both art and architecture as completely separate fields rather than merging them.

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Competitions are what you do as a good exercise.

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We were unusually brought up; there was no gender differentiation. I was never thought of as any less than my brother.

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You should be having more fun in high school, exploring things because you want to explore them and learning because you love learning-not worrying about competition.

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The process I go through in the art and the architecture, I actually want it to be almost childlike. Sometimes I think it's magical.

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My parents are both college professors, and it made me want to question authority, standards and traditions.

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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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I saw the Vietnam Veterans Memorial not as an object placed into the earth but as a cut in the earth that has then been polished, like a geode.

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If you don't remember history accurately, how can you learn?

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To fly we have to have resistance.

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I was probably the first kid in my high school to go to Yale.

I applied almost as a lark. Then, when I got there, I was the dumbest person in your class.

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If we forget what used to be, then we’ve lost an ability to really be sensitive to our surroundings.

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It's funny, as you live through something you're not aware of it.

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Some of your teachers are actually closer in age to you than you think.

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

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I like to think of my work as creating a private conversation with each person, no matter how public each work is and no matter how many people are present

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The role of art in society differs for every artist.

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I can't shout out, "Do this." I don't want to be prescriptive. I want to give you facts, and that's the way I've always operated, whether it's a historical fact or a scientific fact, and then you actually have to connect it in your brain.

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I always say I'm no different than a 19th-century landscape painter, it's just that we have these incredible tools to look at the Earth and look at the world around us differently.

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I though about what death is, what a loss is.

A sharp pain that lessens with time, but can never quite heal over. A scar. The idea occurred to me there on the site. Take a knife and cut open the earth, and with time the grass would heal it. As if you cut open the rock and polished it.

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You have to have conviction and completely question everything and anything you do. No matter how much you study, no matter how much you know, the side of your brain that has the smarts won't necessarily help you in making art.

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I think I've always had an activist stance, yet at the same time, the other side of me - and this is where some people just don't get it, or they'd prefer it if the work was a lot uglier, a lot louder - I have this personality where I just want to put something out that's a fact and then let you interpret it. It's almost as if you might barely notice it, you might walk right by it, but you have to pay attention.

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The only thing that mattered was what you were to do in life, and it wasn't about money. It was about teaching, or learning.

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You really can't function as a celebrity.

Entertainers are celebrities. I'm an architect. I'm an artist. I make things.

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We know under Nebraska there is an underground aquifer that is probably underneath the whole state, but what form does it take? I kind of want to focus on that, for almost political means, because we keep digging more wells. We're not replenishing, and we're having a crisis in water around the world. But how do you visualize it? I don't know, so I know what I want to study.

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Sometimes you have to stop thinking. Sometimes you shut down completely. I think that's true in any creative field.

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I'm as much interested in the form-making as well as getting you to think about what we're doing to the world around us.

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war is not just a victory or loss ... People die.

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Some artists want to confront. Some want to invoke thought. They're all necessary and they're all valid.

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I cannot force a design; I do not see this process as being under my conscious control.

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