Thought Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)

21 Quotations – Frank Lloyd Wright, American Architect

1. I believe in God, only I spell it “Nature”.
2. Pictures deface walls oftener than they decorate them.
3. Nature is all the body of God we mortals will ever see.
4. If you’re going to have centralization, why not have it!
5. Clear out 800,000 people and preserve it as a museum piece.
6. All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable.
7. I doubt if there is anything in the world uglier than a Midwestern city.
8. Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
9. Here I am, Philip, am I indoors or am I out? Do I take my hat off or keep it on?
10. New York: Prison towers and modern posters for soap and whiskey. Pittsburgh: Abandon it.
11. If we wish to know the truth concerning anything, we’ll find it in the nature of that thing.
12. No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it…
13. The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.
14. The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
15. The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
16. So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal.
17. 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.
18. Every great architect is — necessarily — a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.
19. Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change.
20. New York Times Magazine (4 October 1953) Sometimes paraphrased: “A doctor can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.”
21. No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.

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