"The role of art in society differs for every artist."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Maya Lin on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Maya Lin on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Maya Lin on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Maya Lin on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Maya Lin on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."