Famous quotes by Architects


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"The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty"
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"The architect must be a prophet... a prophet in the true sense of the term... if he can't see at least ten years ahead don't call him an architect"
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"Television is chewing gum for the eyes"
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"New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed... a race for rent"
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"Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain"
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"Mechanization best serves mediocrity"
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"Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world"
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"Life always rides in strength to victory, not through internationalism... but only through the direct responsibility of the individual"
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"Less is only more where more is no good"
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"If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger"
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"I have been black and blue in some spot, somewhere, almost all my life from too intimate contacts with my own furniture"
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"I feel coming on a strange disease - humility"
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"I believe totally in a Capitalist System, I only wish that someone would try it"
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"Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world"
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"Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change"
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"Bureaucrats: they are dead at 30 and buried at 60. They are like custard pies; you can't nail them to a wall"
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"Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun"
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"Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed"
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"An idea is salvation by imagination"
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"An architect's most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site"
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"All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable"
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"A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50, and a fool if he doesn't afterward"
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"A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart"
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"A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it"
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"A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines"
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"Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall"
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"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you"
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"Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art"
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"Respect the masterpiece. It is true reverence to man. There is no quality so great, none so much needed now"
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