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Maya Lin

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It's only in hindsight that you realize what indeed your childhood was really like.

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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.

Maya Lin

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

Maya Lin

To fly we have to have resistance.

Maya Lin

I loved school. I studied like crazy. I was a Class A nerd.

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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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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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I was always making things. Even though art was what I did every day, it didn't even occur to me that I would be an artist.

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My goal is to strip things down so that you need just the right amount of words or shape to convey what you need to convey. I like editing. I like it very tight.

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I went through withdrawal when I got out of graduate school. It's what you learn, what you think. That's all that counts.

Maya Lin

I started studying what the nature of a monument is and what a monument should be. And for the World War III memorial I designed a futile, almost terrifying passage that ends nowhere.

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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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Warmth isn't what minimalists are thought to have.

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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.

Maya Lin

Every memorial in its time has a different goal.

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My grandfather, on my father's side, helped to draft one of the first constitutions of China. He was a fairly well-known scholar.

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

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I loved logic, math, computer programming. I loved systems and logic approaches. And so I just figured architecture is this perfect combination.

Maya Lin

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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Nothing is ever guaranteed, and all that came before doesn't predicate what you might do next.

Maya Lin

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.

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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 try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That's art to me.

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To me, the American Dream is being able to follow your own personal calling. To be able to do what you want to do is incredible freedom.

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A lot of my works deal with a passage, which is about time. I don't see anything that I do as a static object in space. It has to exist as a journey in time.

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