"When I was building the Vietnam Memorial, I never once asked the veterans what it was like in the war, because from my point of view, you don't pry into other people's business."
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."Maya Lin on Mark Twain
"The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."Maya Lin on Albert Einstein
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."Maya Lin on Colin Powell
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."Maya Lin on Dale Carnegie
"If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance."Maya Lin on Abraham Lincoln
"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."