"I deliberately did not read anything about the Vietnam War because I felt the politics of the war eclipsed what happened to the veterans. The politics were irrelevant to what this memorial was."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Maya Lin on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Maya Lin on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Maya Lin on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Maya Lin on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Maya Lin on Joseph Stalin
"Some of your teachers are actually closer in age to you than you think."
"I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That's art to me."
"Warmth isn't what minimalists are thought to have."
"Even though I build buildings and I pursue my architecture, I pursue it as an artist. I deliberately keep a tiny studio. I don't want to be an architectural firm. I want to remain an artist."
"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."