Quotes by: Maira Kalman

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Maira Kalman
Kalman at the 2010 Texas Book Festival
Born 1949 (age 67–68)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Nationality American
Known for Illustrator, writer
Website MairaKalman.com

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.
Maira Kalman
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.
Maira Kalman
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.
Maira Kalman
My sister is an artist and an interior designer. She went to high school for art. I went to high school for music.
Maira Kalman
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.
Maira Kalman
My short attention span has allowed me a life of diversity in work and place.
Maira Kalman
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.
Maira Kalman
You'd have to be completely crazy not to be influenced by and take from other artists. It's completely impossible not to.
Maira Kalman
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.
Maira Kalman
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.
Maira Kalman
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.
Maira Kalman
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.
Maira Kalman
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.
Maira Kalman
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.'
Maira Kalman
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.
Maira Kalman
I don't listen to the news. I don't read the newspaper unless it's eccentric information - and the obituaries, of course.
Maira Kalman
If I could never work again and I could just listen to music and walk, I'd be very, very happy.
Maira Kalman
Michael Pollan is a champion. In all ways. A man of great integrity, humor, and common sense and kindness.
Maira Kalman
My workspace is defined by books, ephemera, quiet and light. I don't have a computer, telephone or a fax machine there.
Maira Kalman
It's almost impossible to reconcile the realities of how one feels during the day, hour by hour. But I approach things not cynically.
Maira Kalman
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.
Maira Kalman
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