A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A cathedral, a wave of storm, a dancer's leap, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped.
Marcel Proust cathedral quote

We say nothing essential about the cathedral when we speak of its stones. We say nothing essential about Man when we seek to define him by the qualities of men.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It was a secular cathedral, dedicated to the rites of travel.
— Robert Hughes

Put three grains of sand inside a vast cathedral, and the cathedral will be more closely packed with sand than space is with stars.
— cathedral quotation by James Jeans