Famous quotes by Architects


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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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"The space within becomes the reality of the building"
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"The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope"
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"The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines - so they should go as far as possible from home to build their first buildings"
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"The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization"
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"The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes"
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"The Lincoln Memorial is related to the toga and the civilization that wore it"
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"The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind"
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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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"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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