Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.
Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral. The size of the project means little in art, beyond the money matter. It is the quality of the character that really counts.
If it sells, it's art.
What I like best about San Francisco is San Francisco.
We boast the highest standard of living when it's only the biggest.
A professional is one who does his best work when he feels the least like working.
I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.
New York: Prison towers and modern posters for soap and whiskey. Pittsburgh: Abandon it.
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
An idea is salvation by imagination.
New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed... a race for rent.
I'll bridge these hills with graceful arches.
Television is chewing gum for the eyes.
Good taste is not a substitute for knowledge.
Self fulfilling prophecies do exist in real life.
Television is bubble-gum for the mind.
Simplicity and Repose are qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.
I'm against war. Always have been, always will be. And everything connected with it, is anathema to me. I have never considered it necessary.
If you tilt the whole country sideways, Los Angeles is the place where everything loose will fall.
The space within becomes the reality of the building.
'Think in simples' as my old master used to say -- meaning to reduce the whole to its parts in simplest terms, getting back to first principles.
I don't build a house without predicting the end of the present social order.
The tall modern office building is the machine pure and simple...the engine, the motor and the battleship the works of the century.
Each had his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart; and his friends could only read the title. -- Virginia Woolf, from Jacob's Room Television is chewing gum for the eyes.
You can't make an architect. But you can open the doors and windows toward the light as you see it.
The truth is more important than the facts.
The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.
The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.
I have been black and blue in some spot, somewhere, almost all my life from too intimate contacts with my own furniture.
Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.
Democracy is the opposite of totalitarianism, communism, fascism, or mobocracy.
Why should architecture or objects of art in the machine age, just because they are made by machines, have to resemble machinery?
If you're going to have centralization, why not have it!
Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.
Taste is a matter of ignorance. If you know what you are tasting, you don't have to taste.
I think Miss Monroe as architecture is extremely good architecture, and she's a very natural actress, and a very good one.
From time to time the continent shifts, and everything that isn't fastened down slides into Southern California.
Form follows function -- that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.
When anyone becomes an authority, that is the end of him as far as development is concerned.
It looked a lot worse than it was. Al is going to be released. He has vision and it's going to be day-by-day prognosis now. But it's much, much better than we initially anticipated.
Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.
Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.
Why, I just shake the buildings out of my sleeves.
Nature is never other than serene even in a thunderstorm.
Dining is and always was a great artistic opportunity.
Nature is the only body of God that we shall ever see.
If capitalism is fair then unionism must be. If men and women have a right to capitalize their ideas and the resources of their country, then that implies the right of men and women to capitalize their labor.
The mission of an architect is to help people understand how to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give reason, rhyme, and meaning to life.
If you foolishly ignore beauty, then you will soon find yourself without it.
Wood is universally beautiful to man. It is the most humanly intimate of all materials.
The modern city is a place for banking and prostitution and very little else.
The room within is the great fact about the building.
Respect the masterpiece. It is true reverence to man. There is no quality so great, none so much needed now.
Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun.
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.
Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students, and turns them into prunes.
Less is more only when more is too much.
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.
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.
Youth is a circumstance you can't do anything about. The trick is to grow up without getting old.
Get the habit of analysis -- analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind.
I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain.
Doctors bury their mistakes, Architects cover them with ivy.
The outcome of the city will depend on the race between the automobile and the elevator, and anyone who bets on the elevator is crazy.
Architecture is for the young. If our teenagers don't get architecture -- if they are not inspired, (then) we won't have the architecture that we must have if this country is going to be beautiful.
Boston: Clear out eight hundred thousand people and preserve it as a museum piece. New York: Prison towers and modern posters for soap and whiskey. Pittsburgh: Abandon it.
Humanity to me is not a mob. A mob is a degeneration of humanity. A mob is humanity going the wrong way.
So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal.
So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal and the teaching so much needed if we are to see the whole of life, and to now serve the whole of life, holding no traditions essential to the great TRADITION. Nor cherishing any preconceived form fixing upon us either past, present or future, but-instead-exalting the simple laws of common sense-or of super-sense if you prefer-determining form by way of the nature of materials.
The measure of a man's culture is the measure of his appreciation. We are ourselves what we appreciate and no more.
I know we can't have a great architecture while it is only for the landlord.
I find that government can be a kind of gangsterism and is in Russia. And is likely to be in America if we don't take care of ourselves pretty carefully.
If you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.
Toleration and liberty are the foundations of a great republic.
Mechanization best serves mediocrity.
I believe totally in a Capitalist System, I only wish that someone would try it.
I prefer honest arrogance to hypocritical modesty.
I never design a building before I've seen the site and met the people who will be using it.
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.