"Art is a nation's most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a Nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish. We in America have not always been kind to the artists and the scholars who are the keepers of our vision. Somehow the scientists always get the penthouse and the arts and humanities get the basement."
-President Lyndon B. Johnson on the establishment of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1965
Geoffrey Rush (b. 1951)