Architecture is petrified music.
Author: Felix E. Schelling (1858-1945)
Profession: American Educator
Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders.
Author: Seneca (4 B.C. – 65 A.D.)
Profession: Spanish-born Roman Statesman, philosopher
It is the Late city that first defies the land, contradicts Nature in the lines of its silhouette, denies all Nature. It wants to be something different from and higher than Nature. These high-pitched gables, these Baroque cupolas, spires, and pinnacles, neither are, nor desire to be, related with anything in Nature. And then begins the gigantic megalopolis, the city-as-world, which suffers nothing beside itself and sets about annihilating the country picture.
Author: Oswald Spengler (1880-1936)
Profession: German Philosopher
Form ever follows function.
Author: Louis Henry Sullivan
True, there are architects so called in this country, and I have heard of one at least possessed with the idea of making architectural ornaments have a core of truth, a necessity, and hence a beauty, as if it were a revelation to him. All very well perhaps from his point of view, but only a little better than the common dilettantism.
Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist
Le Corbusier was the sort of relentlessly rational intellectual that only France loves wholeheartedly, the logician who flies higher and higher in ever-decreasing circles until, with one last, utterly inevitable induction, he disappears up his own fundamental aperture and emerges in the fourth dimension as a needle-thin umber bird.
Author: Thomas Wolfe (1931)
Profession: American Author, Journalist
The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
All fine architectural values are human vales, else not valuable.