Lewis Mumford Quotes

The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion

Lewis Mumford

Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past.

Lewis Mumford

One of the functions of intelligence is to take account of the dangers that come from trusting solely to the intelligence

Lewis Mumford

Every new baby is a blind desperate vote for survival: people who find themselves unable to register an effective political protest against extermination do so by a biological act.

Lewis Mumford

Humor is our way of defending ourselves from life's absurdities by thinking absurdly about them.

Lewis Mumford

War is the supreme drama of a completely mechanized society.

Lewis Mumford

Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.

Lewis Mumford

A man of courage never needs weapons, but he may need bail

Lewis Mumford

Also there was considerable distrust of planning in any form. Planning was something the government was going to do to you. The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion, unfortunately.

Lewis Mumford

Restore human legs as a means of travel. Pedestrians rely on food for fuel and need no special parking facilities.

Lewis Mumford

Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.

Lewis Mumford

Don't take the will for the deed; get the deed.

Lewis Mumford

The settlement of America had its origins in the unsettlement of Europe. America came into existence when the European was already so distant from the ancient ideas and ways of his birthplace that the whole span of the Atlantic did not widen the gulf.

Lewis Mumford

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