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Architects, painters, and sculptors must recognize anew and learn to grasp the composite character of a building both as an entity and in its separate parts. Only then will their work be imbued with the architectonic spirit which it has lost as ''salon art.'' Together let us desire, conceive, and create the new structure of the future, which will embrace architecture and sculpture and painting in one unity and which will one day rise toward heaven from the hands of a million workers like the crystal symbol of a new faith.

Author: Walter Gropius (1883-1969)

Profession: German Architect

A modern, harmonic and lively architecture is the visible sign of an authentic democracy.

Author: Walter Gropius (1883-1969)

Profession: German Architect

The only legitimate artists in England are the architects.

Author: Benjamin Haydon (1786-1846)

Profession: British Artist

Architecture is to make us know and remember who we are.

Author: Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe

Profession:

All architects want to live beyond their deaths.

Author: Philip Johnson (1906)

Profession: American Architect and Theorist

Architecture is the art of how to waste space.

Author: Philip Johnson (1906)

Profession: American Architect and Theorist

I don't think of form as a kind of architecture. The architecture is the result of the forming. It is the kinesthetic and visual sense of position and wholeness that puts the thing into the realm of art.

Author: Roy Lichtenstein (1923)

Profession: American Artist

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.

Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892)

Profession: American Poet

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.

Author: John Milton (1608-1674)

Profession: British Poet

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.

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.

Author: John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Profession: British Critic, Social Theorist

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

Author: John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Profession: British Critic, Social Theorist

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.

Author: John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Profession: British Critic, Social Theorist

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.

Author: John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Profession: British Critic, Social Theorist

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!

Author: John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Profession: British Critic, Social Theorist