"If I have to change my lifestyle, I don't want to live."
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."Robert Mapplethorpe on Maya Angelou
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."Robert Mapplethorpe on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."Robert Mapplethorpe on Reinhold Niebuhr
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."Robert Mapplethorpe on Barack Obama
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."Robert Mapplethorpe on Mahatma Gandhi
"When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God."
"To make pictures big is to make them more powerful."
"Beauty and the devil are the same thing."
"I am obsessed with beauty. I want everything to be perfect, and of course it isn't. And that's a tough place to be because you're never satisfied."
"My father wants me to be like my brother, but I can't be."