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Fritz Scholder

Native American Artist

Fritz Scholder: It's strange, but all kids draw. I never stopped. I was real shy, and all I wanted to do was stay in my room and draw, so I wouldn't have to deal with people. This, at the time, was difficult. But in retrospect, I always knew what I had to be. There was never any question. It was all that I could do. Plus, I was a rebel, right from the beginning. If someone told me to do something, I'd do the opposite. So I was, in a way, a bad boy in school, and yet, because I was reserved and because of my talent, I was treated pretty nicely, I must say. I sold my first painting in grade school to a friend of mine for four dollars. And I sold my second painting to a grade school buddy for five dollars and slowly worked up from there.
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Fritz Scholder

Native American Artist

Fritz Scholder: Early on, for some reason, I realized that I did not want to live like others. And I saw people go to jobs they hated, come home, and not be happy. I had a problem with authority, so I knew that I couldn't have an eight-to-five job with a boss. But it came early on to me that by being an artist I would have the most freedom. Because an artist not only has to make up his own problem, but then solve it, in whatever way he decides to do that, and it's all up to him.
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Robert Schuller

Crystal Cathedral

Robert Schuller: I was raised in the country on a farm. I was the last of five children, so I grew up in a great deal of solitude. I could walk to the river, and sit on the riverbanks and watch the river quietly move. It was tranquil water, not dramatic water. I could watch the clouds sliding silently through the soundless sea of space, and fell in love with the sky. And so, a quarter of a century later, when I went to California to begin a new church, I picked the drive-in theater as a place to hold church services, because I liked the sky. I didn't have to look at a ceiling. And I think that affected me subconsciously. I think I choose windows and no ceilings.
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Robert Schuller

Crystal Cathedral

When I hired the architect, Philip Johnson he said, "You need a building to seat three thousand." "Yes." "And you want it all glass?" "Yes." "How much money can you afford to spend?" I said, "Nothing. I don't have anything. But," I said, "It's your job to design a masterpiece. If you do your job, the masterpiece will attract financial support - smart people, sophisticated people, successful people. They'll take a look at it and say, 'That building must be built! It should stand on planet Earth.'"
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Robert Schuller

Crystal Cathedral

Robert Schuller: What drives me is the compulsion to encourage people. And I have, at my disposal, professional techniques that only we, as pastors, can use. And, that's a device called giving people a blessing, locking eyes, connecting hearts. And, as a professional pastor, I have the freedom to touch them, gently, soft fingers on the skin, and lock eyes and say, "May God bless you where you need the blessing most. Amen." That's just fantastic.
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Richard Schultes

The Father of Modern Ethnobotany

I would consider being a bank teller behind a glass cage all day long would be far more difficult day after day after day, than to be free in the jungle of the Amazon. Everyday something new happened. Every day I might be able to find a species new to science, which I was able to do. And any botanist who goes in a flora as big as that can do this. And, this is one reason why it's an invigorating job. It's not a difficult job. It becomes another job, a job that you are really interested in doing and knowing about people, different kinds of people, and in a flora so rich in species that the possibilities of becoming bored don't exist.
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Richard Schultes

The Father of Modern Ethnobotany

Richard Schultes: The immensity of the forest. I knew from books that the Amazon was rich in a number of species, but I never expected to see such a tangle of different roots, vines, lianas going up to the tops of 100-foot trees. And it is breathtaking. One of the first took me maybe six months or a year to get used to this. What shall I collect, with all of these plants? Of course you wanted to collect everything!
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Richard Schultes

The Father of Modern Ethnobotany

I must have thought I was going to drop off the edge of the earth. And, I studied the native Kiowa and Comanche Indians in their all-night ceremony. I went out with a graduate student of anthropology from Yale. You see how broadminded we are at Harvard? A Harvard and Yale man together!
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