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Best Quotes About Architecture

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A list of the best architecture quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous architecture quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic architecture quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about architecture?" and "What are inspirational architecture quotes?"

This list includes notable architecture quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest architecture quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite architecture sayings get to the bottom of the list.
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    Don't fight forces, use them. Buckminster Fuller

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    Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders. Seneca the Younger

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    All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks. G. K. Chesterton

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    The only legitimate artists in England are the architects. Benjamin Haydon

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    True, there are architects so called in this country, and I have heard of one at least possessed with the idea of making architectural ornaments have a core of truth, a necessity, and hence a beauty, as if it were a revelation to him. All very well perhaps from his point of view, but only a little better than the common dilettantism. Henry David Thoreau

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    An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome. John Ruskin

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    A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. Frank Lloyd Wright

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    The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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    A building is akin to dogma; it is insolent, like dogma. Whether or no it is permanent, it claims permanence, like a dogma. People ask why we have no typical architecture of the modern world, like impressionism in painting. Surely it is obviously because we have not enough dogmas; we cannot bear to see anything in the sky that is solid and enduring, anything in the sky that does not change like the clouds of the sky. G. K. Chesterton

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    No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder. John Ruskin

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    When we build, let us think that we build for ever. John Ruskin

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    Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money. Ambrose Bierce

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    Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building. Thomas Fuller

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    All fine architectural values are human vales, else not valuable. Frank Lloyd Wright

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    Le Corbusier was the sort of relentlessly rational intellectual that only France loves wholeheartedly, the logician who flies higher and higher in ever-decreasing circles until, with one last, utterly inevitable induction, he disappears up his own fundamental aperture and emerges in the fourth dimension as a needle-thin umber bird. Thomas Wolfe

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    Heredity is a strong factor, even in architecture. Necessity first mothered invention. Now invention has little ones of her own, and they look just like grandma. E. B. White

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    We may live without her, and worship without her, but we cannot remember without her. How cold is all history, how lifeless all imagery, compared to that which the living nation writes, and the uncorrupted marble bears! John Ruskin

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    Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts. Painting and sculpture are but images, are merely shadows cast by outward things on stone or canvas, having in themselves no separate existence. Architecture, existing in itself, and not in seeming a something it is not, surpasses them as substance shadow. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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    Nor aught availed him now to have built in heaven high towers; nor did he scrape by all his engines, but was headlong sent with his industrious crew to build in hell. John Milton

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    The architect represents neither a Dionysian nor an Apollinian condition: here it is the mighty act of will, the will which moves mountains, the intoxication of the strong will, which demands artistic expression. The most powerful men have always inspired the architects; the architect has always been influenced by power. Friedrich Nietzsche

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    The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. Frank Lloyd Wright

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    No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple. John Ruskin

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    The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture. Salvador Dalí

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