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    Jack Sturtzer, one of my cousins, had gone to art school and suggested that I might be interested in a private school called the Art Institute of Buffalo, and in fact that is what happened. So upon graduation in 1948, I then went to stay with my cousins on Seventeenth Street and enrolled in the program at the Art Institute on Elmwood Avenue.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: gone  facts  school 
     
    There's always an important person who helps support your interests and encourages you.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: people  encourage  help 
     
    I was always making things. I made model airplanes and did a number of hands-on activities. I liked creating in some form or another, not realizing what it was all about.
    — Paul Smith
    Christianity began in Palestine as an experience, it moved to Greece and became a philosophy, it moved to Italy and became an institution, it moved to Europe and became a culture, and it moved to America and became a business! We've left the experience long behind.
    — Paul Smith
    I was always kind of naïve, and really needed to be given some direction.
    — Paul Smith
    The Japanese are hard to understand, but once you do the world is your oyster.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: world 
     
    Maybe that's what I've based my career on: getting up earlier than everyone else so I get an extra couple of hours.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: career 
     
    I think it was interesting that when you're in those formative years you respond to things that interest you and don't always know where they lead. But they accumulate and add up to something that enriches your later life or leads you to some new experience.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: experience  year 
     
    When knowledge is scant or conflicting, folklore takes over.
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    When life closes a door, God opens a window.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: god 
     
    I've always been a keen cyclist, I'm very close to the world of cycling. Not just cycling really - also walking, adventures, being a curious person, traveling to new countries.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: people  world  adventure 
     
    I'm very curious and being childlike is vital in our industry
    — Paul Smith
    Experience is the best teacher. A compelling story is a close second.
    — Paul Smith
    People, even children, aren't really afraid of change. They're afraid of not being prepared for change.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: children  people  child  afraid 
     
    Great stories happen all around you every day. At the time they're happening, you don't think of them as stories. You probably don't think about them at all. You experience them. You enjoy them. You learn from them. You're inspired by them. They only become stories if someone is wise enough to share them. That's when a story is born.
    — Paul Smith
    Fashion is about today and tomorrow. Nobody cares how good you used to be
    — Paul Smith
    tags: fashion  care  tomorrow 
     
    I think I was really naïve. I had no context to think about what I wanted to do. Each step was a next stage of exploration.
    — Paul Smith
    Many people look but they do not see.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: people 
     
    Don't dress for fashion, dress for yourself
    — Paul Smith
    tags: fashion 
     
    Stop making sense. Logic is predictable. Think differently.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: logic 
     
    What I adore is mixing the unexpected, things you don't imagine should go together
    — Paul Smith
    tags: imagine 
     
    You can find inspiration in everything. If you can't, then you're not looking properly.
    — Paul Smith
    The environment itself was culturally a vacuum, in that there was simply nothing that would inspire me in the arts. But my parents were always very supportive of anything that I explored or wanted to do.
    — Paul Smith
    I was always busy doing something, being an only child.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: children  child 
     
    It was mainly a growing farm, although we did have chickens and a few animals, but I did help to some degree with that. I have to say that it was not my favorite association.I did what I was asked to do.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: animals  help 
     
    There was a certain amount of discipline, I think; my parents wanted to be sure that I was not just sitting around doing nothing.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: discipline  parent 
     
    There were neighbors that I played with and did all the things that children do. I did mow the lawn. I did help with various things that needed to be done to occupy my time.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: children  time  help  child 
     
    I learned from books that I picked up. That was something that just came out of nowhere but continued to be an attraction. So there was a continuum of my interest in the arts and involvement in creating that was strong enough that it later blossomed into much more.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: attraction  strong  book 
     
    Upon graduation, in the yearbook I was voted "Most likely to succeed." which I know was credited to my artistic achievements.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: achievement 
     
    At school there were some programs in music. I did take piano lessons, and we had a piano at home. I got very interested in that.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: lessons  music  school 
     
    Fortunately, I had cousins who lived in Buffalo and would often go to visit them, which I loved to do because I liked Buffalo as it was a big city. Even today, the bigger the city, the better.
    — Paul Smith
    Even today, the bigger the city, the better. That's why I live in New York.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: live 
     
    In a social studies class I did a paper on the history of Attica, which ended up being a little book that I created.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: book 
     
    I'm pleased to say that it [ a paper on the history of Attica] got much recognition with a 99 grade. It was shown to the Attica Historical Society, who enthusiastically responded to it and read it at one of their annual meetings resulting in an article in the local newspaper about this excellent paper being presented. As I now look back at it, I think of that as being really my first book and did indicate that I did have interest in research.
    — Paul Smith
    The class situation [at Art Institute on Elmwood Avenue] was such that one would be very much on their own to paint or draw. The faculty was roving to give opinions or help out technically, which all the faculty did very well.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: help  opinion 
     
    Charles Burchfield was exceptional. As such an accomplished artist, he had limited previous association with academia and teaching.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: teaching  artist 
     
    It [piano lessons] wasn't a priority, but it was an interest and through that I became acquainted with classical music, which was a main interest at the time.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: time  music 
     
    At one point I had dreams of being in the school band, but I didn't play an instrument that qualified me, and that was a problem. I always had fantasies to be part of that, but I did take my piano lessons quite seriously.
    — Paul Smith
    I know that I was conscious of all the aspects of the war, having had cousins who were in the army, who would send me notes and memorabilia. I began to collect things that they would send me.
    — Paul Smith
    tags: conscious  war 
     
    At home, the radio was a big source and the classic radio programs we would listen to like Amos and Andy and whatever other ones there were.
    — Paul Smith
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