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Fritz Scholder

Native American Artist

You have to realize that at times art was really pretty foreign. For most people, an artist meant going to Paris and starving in a garret. No one was making a living in this country, except for Georgia O'Keeffe and Thomas Hart Benton. And so, what one did was to get degrees and teach at a university, and if you were good, you might be able to get an artist-in-residency. So, it was pretty bleak to think that you could be an artist. Although I, right from the beginning, identified as that, and won my first prize in fourth grade.
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Fritz Scholder

Native American Artist

My second review was not that good, which shouldn't have surprised me, because if you have a great review to start, the odds are that the second one may not be so good. And I was so embarrassed, I didn't want to leave the house. I thought, oh, man, everyone read this, and they just think I'm, you know, dumb. But you soon realize that it is the self-integrity in the studio that counts. And if you have that, it doesn't matter what any reviewer says, or writes, or anyone else, and you have to, in fact, realize that the last people you want to even listen to are those closest to you. They are well-meaning, but because they're close to you they can hurt you as far as your own idea, or view of what you're doing. It's all up to you.
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Robert Schuller

Crystal Cathedral

I came to start a church. Couldn't find an empty hall, made a list of ten places where I thought I would be able to find a place, like a school or a Seventh Day Adventist church (they're closed on Sunday), or a Jewish temple. "I'll rent your building for Sundays," you know, make a deal. But, number nine was "Use a drive-in theater." And that was the only option left to me, and I did. And, I think I felt at home under the sky because I was raised on a farm. And so, 25 years later, I would have 10,000 members.
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Robert Schuller

Crystal Cathedral

I said to Mr. Green, "I have no money. It will cost probably seven million. I've got to raise that money, but people won't take me seriously. If I had a lead-off gift of a million dollars, I think they would. Would you give the million?" He said, "I'd like to, but I can't." So, I said, "May I pray before I leave?" "Sure," he said. And out of my mouth came one of the most remarkable prayers. I did not coin it, I did not create it, I was just a spokesman for the Eternal Spirit. I said, "Dear God, I'm so thankful that he wants to do it. He said he'd like to, but he can't. Can you figure out a way for him to do what he'd like to do but can't? Amen." And the next morning, he called and said, "I don't know how, I don't know when, but the building's got to get built. I'll give you the million, somehow, sometime." And in 60 days, he did. And so I was off and running. It was the most ecstatic event of my life.
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Richard Schultes

The Father of Modern Ethnobotany

I may collect 30 or 40 different plants in a morning with the Indians paddling. And, in most cases they would say nothing if I took a plant and put it in the press. But every now and again, one of the -- usually the older men -- would say, "What do you want that plant for?" Now this tipped me off that they had a use of it. But, you don't go right out and say, "What do you use if for?" So, I invented many diseases. They must think my race is more decrepit than it is. And I said, "This plant may be a medicinal plant for my people. We don't have it where I live." They may say nothing. The next day, I would collect it again in another locality. They may say nothing. The third day, I would collect it again, then the curiosity. One of the older men would say, "That's no good for that sickness among your people." And I would ask, "How do you know that?" and he'd reply, "That's because we use it when we have a poison stomach from eating fish that has gone bad." I might have said this might cure a sprain in my knee or my elbow, and they would say, "That won't do any good." Then they get to arguing. The younger boy who is paddling, and the older man that is guiding the canoe, they might have differences of opinion. Then the older man would say, "Don't believe him, he is so young he doesn't really know." Then of course you check in another river with other Indians to see if they have that same use, a different use, or no use. This is very slow work because you have to check.
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