Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.
All fine architectural values are human vales, else not valuable.
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
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.
TV -- chewing gum for the eyes.
You have to go whole heartedly in anything in order to achieve anything worth having.
The delusion of entertainment is devoid of meaning. It may amuse us for a bit, but after the initial hit we are left with the dark feeling of desolation.
Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us.
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
True education is concerned not only with practical goals but also with values.
Our aims assure us of our material life, our values make possible our spiritual life.
The truth is more important than the facts.
It is the mystery of the creative act that something other than our conscious self takes over.
Study nature. Love nature. Stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
Our own epoch is determining, day by day, its own style.
Our eyes, unhappily, are unable yet to discern it.
The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
A house is a machine for living in.
We do pretty much whatever we want to.
Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.
Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet.
He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.
Design of purely arbitrary nature cannot be expected to last long.
There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.
Less is only more where more is no good.
When we dream alone it is only a dream, but when many dream together it is the beginning of a new reality.
I hate intellectuals. They are from the top down. I am from the bottom up.
ARCHITECTURE, n: The art of how to waste space.
The obsession with performance left no room for the development of the intuitive or spiritual impact of space and form other than the aesthetic of the machine itself.
Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.
Because of this, originality consists in returning to the origin.
And a building must be like a human being.
It must have a wholeness about it, something that is very important.
Be truthful, nature only sides with truth.
It was always my goal to 'up the ante' on good design and rye devoted much of my career to this.
Our guiding principle was that design is neither an intellectual nor a material affair, but simply an integral part of the stuff of life, necessary for everyone in a civilized society.
Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.
Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.
Freedom is from within.
A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe and 50 times: It is a beautiful catastrophe.
An architect's most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.
Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.
My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.
I think that the ideal space must contain elements of magic, serenity, sorcery and mystery.
If I knew where I was going, I wouldn't do it. When I can predict or plan it, I don't do it.
Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstances.
Where there is a will there is a lawsuit.
A man can do all things if he but wills them.
If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.
An idea is salvation by imagination.
The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.
Respect the masterpiece. It is true reverence to man. There is no quality so great, none so much needed now.
Get the habit of analysis- analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind.
We settled this continent without art.
So it was easy for us to treat it as an imported luxury, not a necessity.
We are yet to have a conscience at all about the exploitation of human cultures.
The way of architecture is the quiet voice that underlies it and has guided it from the beginning.