Famous quotes by Architects


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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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"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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"An idea is salvation by imagination"
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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 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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"Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity"
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"Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed"
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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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"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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"If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger"
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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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