Top Quotes by Eli Broad

By | February 27, 2016

You can have great teachers, but if you don’t have a good principal, you won’t have a good school.

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How absurd that our students tuck their cell phones, BlackBerrys, iPads, and iPods into their backpacks when they enter a classroom and pull out a tattered textbook.

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Civilizations are not remembered by their business people, their bankers or lawyers. They’re remembered by the arts.

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Someone once told me I’m a sore winner, and they’re right. I rarely take more than a moment to enjoy a success before I’m moving on and looking for the next challenge.

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Without a doubt, stem cell research will lead to the dramatic improvement in the human condition and will benefit millions of people.

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The best move you can make in negotiation is to think of an incentive the other person hasn’t even thought of – and then meet it.

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Charity is just writing checks and not being engaged. Philanthropy, to me, is being engaged, not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really involved and doing things that haven’t been done before.

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A real collector does not sell.

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School boards are, for the most part,made up of political wannabes who see a board seat as a stepping stone for political office, or well-meaning parents who represent an ethnic group or geography, or have some other narrow interests. Few people on them understand what governance is about.

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The happiest people I’ve found are in science. These people have three times the IQ – maybe I’m exaggerating. They have a higher IQ than I do. They love what they’re doing, they have a good family life, they’re satisfied.

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People would rather have art or gold instead of paper money.

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You don’t support politicians in their elections if whoever’s seeking money only has a goal to stay in office or get in office. You have to pick the people who are going to do the best job.

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To me, unconventional thinking is approaching a problem and asking, ‘Why not? Why can’t something be done?’ If someone can’t give me a good reason why you can’t do something, I find a way to do it.

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Art evokes emotion. It doesn’t have to be a thing of beauty.

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The biggest barrier we’ve seen to student progress is this: School policies and practices often prevent good teachers from doing great work and even dissuade some talented Americans from entering the profession. This needs to change.

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It’s hard to explain your emotions when you see a work of art.

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I’d rather be respected than loved.

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What artists think about the world is often different from how we businessmen see it, and I find that an enriching experience.

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Every artist is unreasonable, because he or she is doing something that hasn’t been done before.

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I’m strong-willed. Architects are strong-willed. You get the best results with a strong client and a strong architect working together.

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I don’t like to spend time in endless meetings talking about stuff that isn’t going to get anything done. I have meetings, but they’re short, prompt and to the point.

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I have always believed that every great city in history needs a vibrant center.

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Managers are responsible for setting workplace policies under which teachers can succeed. Managers are responsible for negotiating contracts that create the conditions under which teachers can succeed.

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I can’t think of another enterprise other than being a homeowner that can’t have its debt restructured in bankruptcy. Corporations can but a homeowner can’t? Now with securitization the homeowner can’t go to the owner of the loan and work things out.

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Anything I do, I spend a lot of time. I do it with passion and intensity. I want to be in charge.

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I’d be bored to death if I spent all my time with other businesspeople, bankers and lawyers.

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Los Angeles is one of the four cultural capitals of the world, but we don’t attract as many cultural tourists as New York, London or Paris. I want to change that.

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People don’t know I’ve got a deep social conscience. I’m a child of the Depression, born in 1933. My parents were very liberal in their social views.

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If you ask why I do what I do – I want to make a difference. I don’t just want to maintain the status quo. I want to help people, to work with institutions or create ones when they don’t exist.

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Philanthropy is activism.

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If people want to criticize me because it sells papers, that’s fine. I just don’t like it when it’s inaccurate.

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I don’t want to be in the film business. I’m not even sure it’s a business.

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My wife was the first art collector in the family, and I didn’t become interested until around 1973. The first important artwork we bought was a Van Gogh drawing of two peasant houses in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

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I’ve become convinced that Los Angeles is going to become the next contemporary art capital – no other city has more contemporary gallery space than Los Angeles. We’ve come into our own, finally.

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Most museums – with all their burdens to pay for exhibitions, administration, and security – really don’t have any money really to acquire art, with few exceptions.

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Los Angeles is such a great meritocracy. Where can someone with my background – don’t have the right family background, the right religion, the right provenance or whatever you want to call it – I come here and I’m accepted. The city’s been good to me. And I want to give back.

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I’ve never been one who enjoys maintaining the status quo. I’m always pushing for new ideas, whether it’s in business or philanthropy.

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The first thing I started collecting was stamps. Until I started discovering girls. That was the end of stamps.

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The first dream I had was just to get a college education. I got through college in three years, taking extra classes in summer school.

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Any city in America would like to get a museum built if they didn’t have to pay for it.

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The American people frankly have been, over many, many years – to be blunt – fat, dumb and happy. If they want their children to compete with children in India, China or Korea, they better get them a far better education.

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As the son of a union activist and a lifelong Democrat, I’ve always thought that privatizing our public schools is not the answer. We must strengthen public schools.

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It’s critical that states improve how teachers are trained, recruited, evaluated, compensated, advanced, and retained.

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Oprah Winfrey’s global influence is unparalleled. Not only has her generosity and firm belief that education is the key to a better life benefited countless women and children around the world, but her example has also inspired millions of people to give back in ways big and small.

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Twombly, frankly, was an acquired taste. I was not in love with Twombly the first time I saw one of his paintings.

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I think over any period of time, especially if you don’t use leverage, it is difficult to continually beat the S&P 500.

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I don’t think it makes any sense for an individual to invest in common stocks unless they know the company, work at the company, and so on.

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There were periods when the art market got overheated, but there is no reason it should appreciate dramatically.

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I am old enough to remember when America’s K-12 public schools were the best in the world. I am a proud graduate of them, and I credit much of my success to what I learned in Detroit Public Schools and at Michigan State University.

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Frankly, I’m not sure how far I would get if I attended public school today. It’s not just that public schools aren’t producing the results we want – it’s that we’re not giving them what they need to help students achieve at high levels. K-12 education in the United States is deeply antiquated.

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School district policies and practices have not kept pace with student and teacher needs.

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You always learn lessons in business.

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