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    Whatever you do, if you do it hard enough you'll enjoy it. The important thing is to work and work hard.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: work 
     
    Everything is in place - after 500 years - to build a true 'new world' in the Western Hemisphere... And what happens if we don't pass NAFTA? I truly don't think that 'criminal' would be too strong a word for rejecting NAFTA.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: world  true  strong  year  criminal 
     
    I met many Russians over the years who were convinced my brothers and I were a cabal, pulling strings behind the scenes to shape American policy. The Soviets had no conception of how a pluralistic democracy works and believed elected officials, up to and including the president of the United States, were only figureheads acting out the roles dictated to them by the real "powers that be" - in this case, my family.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: work  real  democracy  american  year 
     
    Populists believe in conspiracies, and one of the most enduring is that a secret group of international bankers and capitalists, and their minions, control the world's economy. Because of my name and prominence as the head of the Chase for many years, I have earned the distinction of the "conspirator in chief" from these people.
    — David Rockefeller
    I was born into wealth and there was nothing I could do about it. It was there like food or air.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: food  wealth 
     
    Philanthropy is involved with basic innovations that transform society, not simply maintaining the status quo or filling basic social needs that were formerly the province of the public sector.
    — David Rockefeller
    I hope the Guggenheim plan will be revived.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: hope 
     
    A museum has to renew its collection to be alive, but that does not mean we give on important old works.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: work  renew 
     
    If the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) raises the hackles of the conspiracy theorists, the Bilderberg meetings must induce apocalyptic visions of omnipotent international bankers plotting with unscrupulous government officials to impose cunning schemes on an ignorant and unsuspecting world.
    — David Rockefeller
    I don't recall that I have said and I don't think that I really feel that we need a world government. We need governments of the world that work together and collaborate. But, I can't imagine that there would be any likelihood or even that it would be desirable to have a single government elected by the people of the world.
    — David Rockefeller
    Bilderberger Meeting: The world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government...
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: world  government 
     
    You know, gentlemen, that I do not owe any personal income tax. But nevertheless, I send a small check, now and then, to the Internal Revenue Service out of the kindness of my heart.
    — David Rockefeller
    I believe that government is the servant of the people and not their master.
    — David Rockefeller
    It is true that I am often startled and even angered and repulsed by the strange directions and provocative content of new forms that seem to pop up every few months.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: true 
     
    The negative impact of population growth on all of our planetary ecosystems is becoming appallingly evident.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: growth 
     
    This present window of opportunity, during which a truly peaceful and interdependent world order might be built, will not be open for too long - We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.
    — David Rockefeller
    If necessity is the mother of invention, discontent is the father of progress.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: progress  father  mother 
     
    It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.
    — David Rockefeller
    ...somebody has to take governments' place, and business seems to me to be a logical entity to do it.
    — David Rockefeller
    I am convinced that material things can contribute a lot to making one's life pleasant, but, basically, if you do not have very good friends and relatives who matter to you, life will be really empty and sad and material things cease to be important.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: friends  sad 
     
    Whatever the price of the Chinese Revolution, it has obviously succeeded not only in producing more efficient and dedicated administration, but also in fostering high morale and community of purpose. The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao's leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history.
    — David Rockefeller
    We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis...
    — David Rockefeller
    Some even believe we (the Rockefeller family) are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure - one world, if you will. If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.
    — David Rockefeller
    Courting Peggy McGrath provided me with a very pleasant diversion and eventually with the most important relationship of my life.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: relationship 
     
    The Japanese have a wonderful sense of design and a refinement in their art. They try to produce beautiful paintings with the minimum number of strokes.
    — David Rockefeller
    The attacks on the World Trade Center and the current economic recession, which is particularly powerful in New York City, have put a number of building plans on hold for the time being.
    — David Rockefeller
    The conventional notions of art have changed, and a lot of things done today are considered works of art that would have been rejected in the past.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: work  past 
     
    MoMA is doubling its space, and I decided to raise the money for it.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: space  money 
     
    Mother's taste was eclectic and ranged from the ancient world to the contemporary from Europe to the U.S.
    — David Rockefeller
    Money can add very much to one's ability to lead a constructive life, not only pleasant for oneself, but, hopefully, beneficial to others.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: oneself  money 
     
    I think I am basically a happy person.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: people 
     
    Successful charitable fund-raising has much in common with managing a business: It requires leadership, persistence, and creativity.
    — David Rockefeller
    Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work
    — David Rockefeller
    The Japanese banks are not having an easy time as they once had.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: time 
     
    As children we recognized that we belonged to an unusual, even exceptional, family, but the effect was different on each of us.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: children  child 
     
    My grandfather, along with Carnegie, was a pioneer in philanthropy, which my father then practiced on a very large scale.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: father 
     
    By a museum, I assume you mean an institution dedicated to the events of Sept. 11 and the aftermath. If that is done with sensitivity, I think it would be most appropriate.
    — David Rockefeller
    Father was the eldest son and the heir apparent, and he set the standard for being a Rockefeller very high, so every achievement was taken for granted and perfection was the norm.
    — David Rockefeller
    Populists and isolationists ignore the tangible benefits that have resulted from our active international role during the past half-century.
    — David Rockefeller
    tags: past 
     
    I am never angry, although sometimes distressed.
    — David Rockefeller
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