Famous quotes by Architects


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"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen"
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"People always ask about my influences, and they cite a bunch of people I've never heard of"
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"One of the problems you have when you read with kids is that once they like something they want you to read it a hundred times"
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"It was really written as most, I think, books are by writers - for themselves. There was something that just had to be written, in a way that it had to be written. If you know what I mean"
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"And when I'm writing, I write a lot anyway. I might write pages and pages of conversation between characters that don't necessarily end up in the book, or in the story I'm working on, because they're simply my way of getting to know the characters"
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"A good book written for children can be read by adults"
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"I think really good books can be read by anybody"
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"I received a grant from The Ford Foundation to write a book for kids about urban perception, or how people experience cities, but I kept putting off writing it. Instead I started to write what became The Phantom Tollbooth"
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"Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstances"
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"Architecture is not an inspirational business, it's a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that's all"
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"In my opinion, further consideration of those views will help us find a way out of the current impasse, and reveal to us the kinds of buildings and cities required by the informational society"
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"May I say, finally, that I have no illusions of grandeur; quite to the contrary, I am very humble in my knowledge that through forty years of my life my life has been an open book of service to my fellow architects and for the public good"
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"But I find the best things I do, I do when I'm trying to avoid doing something else I'm supposed to be doing. You know, you're working on something. You get bugged, or you lose your enthusiasm or something. So you turn to something else with an absolute vengeance"
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"I think kids slowly begin to realize that what they're learning relates to other things they know. Then learning starts to get more and more exciting"
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"I remember when I was a kid in school and teachers would explain things to me about what I read, and I'd think, Where did they get that? I didn't read that in there. Later you look at it and think, That's kind of an interesting idea"
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"When you're very young and you learn something - a fact, a piece of information, whatever - it doesn't connect to anything"
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"There are good books and there are bad books, period, that's the distinction"
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"The only other thing which I think is important is: Don't write a book or start a book with the expectation of communicating a message in a very important way"
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"I write best in the morning, and I can only write for about half a day, that's about it"
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"To look at the cross-section of any plan of a big city is to look at something like the section of a fibrous tumor"
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"The truth is more important than the facts"
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"Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral"
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"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature"
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"Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students, and turns them into prunes"
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"God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature, and it has often been said by philosophers, that nature is the will of God. And I prefer to say that nature is the only body of God that we shall ever see"
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"Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities"
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"Get the habit of analysis - analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind"
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