When someone suggested to Derek Sivers that he cover the CD Baby web site with advertising, he replied
No way. Out of the question. That would be like putting a coke machine in a monastery.
I love that simile for something highly inappropriate. In context, I believe Sivers was saying that advertisement would be an inappropriate way to make money given his vision for CD Baby. But I think more of the disregard for aesthetics and historical context. I could just imagine how crass a coke machine would look in a medieval stone building, something like putting a glass and steel pyramid in the courtyard of a French Renaissance palace.
Derek Sivers’ quote comes from his new book Anything You Want.