Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.
The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.
No stream rises higher than its source. What ever man might build could never express or reflect more than he was. He could record neither more nor less than he had learned of life when the buildings were built.
Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.
Love is the virtue of the heart, sincerity is the virtue of the mind, decision is the virtue of the will, xourage is the virtue of the spirit.
A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.
Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change.
Get the habit of analysis - analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind.
If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.
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.
Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.
Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students, and turns them into prunes.
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.
Bureaucrats: they are dead at 30 and buried at 60. They are like custard pies; you can't nail them to a wall.
A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.
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.
Life always rides in strength to victory, not through internationalism... but only through the direct responsibility of the individual.
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.
'Think simple' as my old master used to say - meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.
Youth is a circumstance you can't do anything about. The trick is to grow up without getting old.
Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.
New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed... a race for rent.
A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50, and a fool if he doesn't afterward.
A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
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.
Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.
Organic buildings are the strength and lightness of the spiders' spinning, buildings qualified by light, bred by native character to environment, married to the ground.
I have been black and blue in some spot, somewhere, almost all my life from too intimate contacts with my own furniture.
The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.
An architect's most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.
If you foolishly ignore beauty, then you will soon find yourself without it.
I believe totally in a Capitalist System, I only wish that someone would try it.
Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.
Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.
Respect the masterpiece. It is true reverence to man. There is no quality so great, none so much needed now.