Architecture Quotes

Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of proportions.

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel

Forests were the first temples of the Divinity, and it is in the forests that men have grasped the first idea of architecture.

Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand

The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.

Milton Friedman

There are three forms of visual art: Painting is art to look at, sculpture is art you can walk around, and architecture is art you can walk through.

Dan Rice

Painting, sculpture and architecture are finished, but the art habit continues.

Robert Smithson

The building is a special place because of its architecture, ... But it's people who make it special by participating in it.

Charlie Chaplin

Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.

Steve Martin

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture it's a really stupid thing to want to do.

Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus

Every mans work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself, and the more he tries to conceal himself the more clearly will his character appear in spite of him.

Samuel Butler

It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth, that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.

John Ruskin

Engineering, medicine, business, architecture and painting are concerned not with the necessary but with the contingent - not with how things are but with how they might be - in short, with design.

Herbert Simon

The American attitude towards efficiency and execution should always underlie architecture.

Helmut Jahn

My passion and great enjoyment for architecture, and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it, is because I believe we - architects - can effect the quality of life of the people.

Richard Rogers

Living in cities is an art, and we need the vocabulary of art, of style, to describe the peculiar relationship between man and material that exists in the continual creative play of urban living. The city as we imagine it, then, soft city of illusion, myth, aspiration, and nightmare, is as real, maybe more real, than the hard city one can locate on maps in statistics, in monographs on urban sociology and demography and architecture.

Jonathan Raban

Genius is its own end, and draws its means and the style of its architecture from within, going abroad only for audience, and spectator, as we adapt our voice and phrase to the distance and character of the ear we speak to

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress

Lord Byron

Architecture is the art of how to waste space.

Philip Johnson

The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.

Frank Lloyd Wright

The drama embraces and applies all the beauties and decorations of poetry. The sister arts attend and adorn it. Painting, architecture, and music are her handmaids. The costliest lights of a people's intellect burn at her show. All ages welcome her.

Robert Aris Willmott

Architecture begins where engineering ends.

Walter Gropius

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

Frank Lloyd Wright

Architecture is not all about the design of the building and nothing else, it is also about the cultural setting and the ambience, the whole affair.

Michael Graves

There are a great many things about architecture that are hidden from the untrained eye.

Frank Gehry

Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
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