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90 Inspiring Quotes by Frank Lloyd Wright

  • Last updated Jul 26 2021

Welcome to our collection of quotes by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Wikipedia Summary for Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was an American architect, designer, writer, and educator.

He designed more than 1,000 structures over a creative period of 70 years. Wright believed in designing in harmony with humanity and the environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was exemplified in Fallingwater (1935), which has been called "the best all-time work of American architecture." Wright played a key role in the architectural movements of the twentieth century, influencing architects worldwide through his works and hundreds of apprentices in his Taliesin Fellowship.

Wright was the pioneer of what came to be called the Prairie School movement of architecture and also developed the concept of the Usonian home in Broadacre City, his vision for urban planning in the United States. He also designed original and innovative offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, museums, and other commercial projects. Wright-designed interior elements (including leaded glass windows, floors, furniture and even tableware) were integrated into these structures. He wrote several books and numerous articles and was a popular lecturer in the United States and in Europe. Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time." In 2019, a selection of his work became a listed World Heritage Site as The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Raised in rural Wisconsin, Wright studied civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin and then apprenticed in Chicago, first with Joseph Lyman Silsbee (1887) and then with Louis Sullivan (1888). He opened his own successful Chicago practice in 1893, and established a studio in his Oak Park, Illinois home in 1898. His personal life made headlines: leaving his first wife, Catherine Tobin, for Mamah Cheney in 1909; the murders at his Taliesin estate by a staff member in 1914; his tempestuous marriage with second wife Miriam Noel in 1923; and his relationship with Olgivanna Lazović, whom he married in 1928.

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Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

Longer Version:

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.


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If it sells, it's art.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

bare tress and mountain

What I like best about San Francisco is San Francisco.

--Frank Lloyd Wright




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We boast the highest standard of living when it's only the biggest.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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A professional is one who does his best work when he feels the least like working.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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New York: Prison towers and modern posters for soap and whiskey. Pittsburgh: Abandon it.

--Frank Lloyd Wright


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I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

cowboy on horseback herding

An idea is salvation by imagination.

--Frank Lloyd Wright


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New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed... a race for rent.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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I'll bridge these hills with graceful arches.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

white flower

Television is chewing gum for the eyes.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Good taste is not a substitute for knowledge.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Self fulfilling prophecies do exist in real life.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Television is bubble-gum for the mind.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Simplicity and Repose are qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

green artificial palm tree on seashore

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.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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If you tilt the whole country sideways, Los Angeles is the place where everything loose will fall.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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The space within becomes the reality of the building.

--Frank Lloyd Wright


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'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.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

woman standing on cliff

I don't build a house without predicting the end of the present social order.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

green trees near lake under cloudy sky during daytime

The tall modern office building is the machine pure and simple...the engine, the motor and the battleship the works of the century.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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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.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

man on running field

You can't make an architect. But you can open the doors and windows toward the light as you see it.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

woman carrying toddler on seashore

The truth is more important than the facts.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

Longer Version:

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.


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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.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

sunset woman at beach

Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Democracy is the opposite of totalitarianism, communism, fascism, or mobocracy.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Why should architecture or objects of art in the machine age, just because they are made by machines, have to resemble machinery?

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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If you're going to have centralization, why not have it!

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Taste is a matter of ignorance. If you know what you are tasting, you don't have to taste.

--Frank Lloyd Wright


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I think Miss Monroe as architecture is extremely good architecture, and she's a very natural actress, and a very good one.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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From time to time the continent shifts, and everything that isn't fastened down slides into Southern California.

--Frank Lloyd Wright


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Form follows function -- that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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When anyone becomes an authority, that is the end of him as far as development is concerned.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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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.

--Frank Lloyd Wright


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Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

blue and white abstract painting

Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.

--Frank Lloyd Wright


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Why, I just shake the buildings out of my sleeves.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Nature is never other than serene even in a thunderstorm.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Dining is and always was a great artistic opportunity.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Nature is the only body of God that we shall ever see.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

leafless tree under gray sky

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.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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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.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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If you foolishly ignore beauty, then you will soon find yourself without it.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

Wood is universally beautiful to man. It is the most humanly intimate of all materials.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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The modern city is a place for banking and prostitution and very little else.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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The room within is the great fact about the building.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Respect the masterpiece. It is true reverence to man. There is no quality so great, none so much needed now.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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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.

--Frank Lloyd Wright



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Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students, and turns them into prunes.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Less is more only when more is too much.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

black and white bird on seashore

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.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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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.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Youth is a circumstance you can't do anything about. The trick is to grow up without getting old.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Get the habit of analysis -- analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Doctors bury their mistakes, Architects cover them with ivy.

--Frank Lloyd Wright


galaxy

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.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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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.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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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.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Humanity to me is not a mob. A mob is a degeneration of humanity. A mob is humanity going the wrong way.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

Longer Version:

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.


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The measure of a man's culture is the measure of his appreciation. We are ourselves what we appreciate and no more.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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I know we can't have a great architecture while it is only for the landlord.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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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.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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If you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Toleration and liberty are the foundations of a great republic.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Mechanization best serves mediocrity.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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I believe totally in a Capitalist System, I only wish that someone would try it.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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I prefer honest arrogance to hypocritical modesty.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

Arizona landscape

I never design a building before I've seen the site and met the people who will be using it.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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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.

--Frank Lloyd Wright


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