"I must see, think, and feel in Thor's dimension."
"Granite in this location erodes at the rate of less than one inch in one hundred thousand years. After I heard that I added a foot to Washington's nose. What is twelve inches on a nose that is sixty feet in height? Twelve hundred thousand years, perhaps."
"...let us place there, carved high, as close to heaven as we can, the words of our leaders, their faces, to show posteril what manner of men they were. Then breathe a prayer that these records will endure until the wind and the rain alone shall wear them away."
"There are three qualities necessary and inseparable from the production of a great work of art: sincerity, individuality, and reverance. Heaven demands that work of all kinds shall mean something - be beautiful - shall be the mind's effort to explain the heart - shall be of worth and value, shall be the hour's seal upon the asthetic progress of Humanity."
Don't say 'I can't'. On this work - the 'I can'ts' are unknown in the world's work and unremembered in history."
My Atlas is a woman because the burden of the world is not borne on the backs of men. It is not a slave's job. Nature has not even allowed man to carry it. It is borne in the arms, in the breasts of women: and they reach up and receive it - on their knees, crushing them though it does, with a kind a benediction."
"There is but one worthy ambition for us all. Do better whatever we do. No matter how capable, we must work, think, study and do better. This alone leads to Mastery, Leadership and Independence."
"Monumental art work must rank as world work. It must see from and in no mistakable terms, express the flood of power that surges in the race when it rises to great heights. American artists should be seers and should give, serve and complete the spirit and concept of Columbus - of Washington - of Lincoln."