Famous quotes by Architects


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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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"Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity"
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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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"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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"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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"Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union"
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"Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age"
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