Maira Kalman - Quotes

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On my desk, I always have a lemon or a lime drying. I love the fragrance. Also, a Staedtler eraser, a brush for the eraser and a pencil sharpener. ---->>>

My short attention span has allowed me a life of diversity in work and place. ---->>>

In any work you do, you can be profound one minute, and then you be superficial the next, and you can be smart and insightful and then insipid. There can be room for all that. ---->>>

My sister is an artist and an interior designer. She went to high school for art. I went to high school for music. ---->>>

The most inspiring objects are books. I have about 5,000 volumes in my home library. It's an unending source of visuals and ideas. ---->>>

I don't listen to the news. I don't read the newspaper unless it's eccentric information - and the obituaries, of course. ---->>>

I truly believe there's always a solution to every problem. ---->>>

If I could never work again and I could just listen to music and walk, I'd be very, very happy. ---->>>

You'd have to be completely crazy not to be influenced by and take from other artists. It's completely impossible not to. ---->>>

I like Thomas Jefferson, though he intimidated me. I thought he would have been very tough to be around. I don't know if he had such a sense of humor. ---->>>

It is impossible to know what fate will bring. If you love to write or paint, you will keep on writing or painting, and things will either work out or not, and you just have to keep being in the process. ---->>>

I don't like anything permanent; I have to be able to flee. You have to be able to flee at a moment's notice. ---->>>

I live in a small world of gouache and brush and pen and ink. I'd like to explore the world of multiples - etching and prints. ---->>>

My workspace is defined by books, ephemera, quiet and light. I don't have a computer, telephone or a fax machine there. ---->>>

My mother was the influence on me - my father was absent. He was a diamond dealer; he was doing wonderful things in the background, and women were left at home. So my mother really was in charge of everything: the ballet, dance lessons, piano lessons, and latkes. ---->>>

I still do have the little lunch bag that my mother made out of a towel and embroidered with my name on it for when I went to kindergarten. ---->>>

There is no kind of music I don't listen to. Everything good is interesting. I am as happy with a Bach fugue as I am with a record by Thelonious Monk. ---->>>

I don't believe in politics; I don't understand any of it. ---->>>

I like the brooding man - a brooding man with a sense of humor. ---->>>

It's almost impossible to reconcile the realities of how one feels during the day, hour by hour. But I approach things not cynically. ---->>>

Michael Pollan is a champion. In all ways. A man of great integrity, humor, and common sense and kindness. ---->>>

I don't like plots. I don't know what a plot means. I can't stand the idea of anything that starts in the beginning - you know, 'beginning, middle and end.' ---->>>

I have been working for over 30 years and am always wondering about where I am and where I am going. It does not stop and become a fixed event of achievement. ---->>>

I'm in a complete state of panic before I begin something because I'm sure that it's going to be a complete disaster. I'm going to do a worse job than anybody could ever imagine anybody doing on the planet Earth. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 06-21, 2015
Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel
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Occupation: Author

Maira Kalman (Hebrew: מאירה קלמן‎‎; born 1949) is an Israeli-born American illustrator, writer, artist, and designer. Her work most widely held in WorldCat libraries is Fireboat: the heroic adventures of the John J. Harvey, a picture book she both wrote and illustrated. It won the annual Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction in 2003 (wikipedia)