25 + Eli Broad Quotes - American Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Eli Broad Quotes

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


To me, money is a means to do good. I reached a point in my life where I had enjoyed tremendous business success that afforded my family everything we could possibly want. My wife and I then decided that we could use our wealth to make a difference. So we created the Broad Foundations to do four things: to improve urban public education, to support innovative scientific and medical research, to foster art appreciation for audiences worldwide and to support civic initiatives in Los Angeles.


Unfortunately, the boards of art institutions tend to be populated with well-meaning supporters of the arts who often lack any business background or appetite for imposing appropriate discipline.


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.


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.


Collectors become obsessive and then addicted. You become addicted to art and you can’t live without it.


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.


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


At a time when all the other builders were selling homes with basements but without carports, we would sell homes without basements and with carports. This allowed us to provide a more appealing product at a lower price. In other words, we felt we would be giving customers greater value.


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.


Who you spend your life with-much more so than how you choose to spend it-is the most important decision you can make. Do it right. That’s the best advice I can give you.


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


In high school, I would drive my teachers batty. They would make a statement, and I would say, ‘Why is that?’ They didn’t want to be questioned.


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


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


People who just accept the status quo and conventional wisdom don’t make a difference in the world.


In high school, I would drive my teachers batty. They would make a statement, and I would say, ‘Why is that?’ They didn’t want to be questioned.


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

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