140+ Frank Lloyd Wright Quotes That will make us Love Architecture

0
745
Frank Lloyd Wright famous quotes

Frank Lloyd Wright Quotes that will make us love architecture. There are so many Frank Lloyd Wright quotes that can help you when you are tired of being in the same old rut, and all you need is a little push, a little inspiration, a smile on the face, change of mood, bring you out of the banality of life, make you laugh a little, or may even make you cry a bit, and these Frank Lloyd Wright quotes exists just do that.

Frank Lincoln Wright born on June 8, 1867, was an American architect, writer, interior designer and educator. He designed more than a thousand structures in which more than five hundred were completed. Organic Architecture is a philosophy Wright believed in, designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment. Wright died at the age of 91 on April 9, 1959, in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. “The greatest American architect of all time”,  the recognition is given to Wright by the American Institute of Architects in 1991.

Fallingwater in 1935 is the best example of his philosophy; this work of Wright is called the best all-time work of American architecture. For more than seventy years his period spanned. A pioneer of the Prairie School movement of architecture, a late 19th and early 20th-century architectural style typical to the mid-western United States. The Usonian home in Broadacre City, a concept he developed from his unique vision for urban planning in the United States.

Wright often made it to the headlines with his colourful personal life. The most noted was leaving his first wife, Catherine Lee “Kitty” Tobin for Mamah Borthwick Cheney, his relationship with Olga, his marriage with his second wife Miriam Noel and the murders at his Taliesin estate in 1914.

Wright also designed innovative and original structures for schools, churches, offices, skyscrapers, hotels, museums and other structures in addition to his houses. He often designed these buildings with the interior elements, including furniture and stained glass. Being a popular lecturer in the United States and Europe, Wright wrote many articles and twenty books. Taliesin West, the estate and Wright’s winter home is a studio complex in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was the laboratory he used from 1937 to 1959 until his death.

The only skyscraper design achieved by Wright is the Price Tower. It is a 19 storied tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and the only existing vertically oriented Wright structures along with the S. C. Johnson Wax Research Tower in Racine, Wisconsin. Price Tower was declared a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior. This is one of the twenty such properties in Oklahoma.

We have dug up these Frank Lloyd Wright quotes from the depths of the internet and brought together best of these sayings in a single article. This post is probably the biggest database of Frank Lloyd Wright Sayings in a single place. These famous Frank Lloyd Wright quotes have the power to change your life by giving a novel outlook about the way you observe different aspects of your life. Hence, these popular Frank Lloyd Wright quotes should be read with caution and proper understanding of the context. Here are tons of Frank Lloyd Wright quotes that will open a treasure chest of Wisdom and experiences: –

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”

Frank Lloyd Wright best quotes

RELATED: 85+ Harriet Tubman Quotes Speak About Freedom And Abolition Of Slavery

“A professional is one who does his best work when he feels the least like working.”

Frank Lloyd Wright quotes“The truth is more important than the facts.”

Frank Lloyd Wright famous quotes

“Youth is not an age thing. It’s a quality. Once you’ve had it, you never lose it.”

Frank Lloyd Wright popular quotes“Less is more only when more is too much.”

Frank Lloyd Wright saying

RELATED: 100+ Phantom Quotes Tell Us About The Anecdotal Vigilante

“An idea is salvation by imagination”

“A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.”

“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”

“I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.”

“Early in my career…I had to choose between an honest arrogance and a hypercritical humility… I deliberately choose an honest arrogance, and I’ve never been sorry.”

“As we live and as we are, Simplicity – with a capital “S” – is difficult to comprehend nowadays. We are no longer truly simple. We no longer live in simple terms or places. Life is a more complex struggle now. It is now valiant to be simple: a courageous thing to even want to be simple. It is a spiritual thing to comprehend what simplicity means.”

“Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.”

“study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

“Love is the virtue of the Heart,
Sincerity is the virtue of the Mind,
Decision is the virtue of the Will,
Courage is the virtue of the Spirit.”

“There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.”

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”

“Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.”

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”

“Television is chewing gum for the eyes.”

“Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.”

“If it sells, it’s art.”

“You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having.”

“Youth is a circumstance you can’t do anything about. The trick is to grow up without getting old.”

“Imitation is always insult–not flattery.”

“Every idea that is a true idea has a form, and is capable of many forms. The variety of forms of which it is capable determines the value of the idea. So by way of ideas, and your mastery of them in relation to what you are doing, will come your value as an architect to your society and future. That’s where you go to school. You can’t get it in a university, you can’t get it here, you can’t get it anywhere except as you love it, love the feeling of it, desire and pursue it. And it doesn’t come when you are very young, I think. I believe it comes faster with each experience, and the next is very simple, or more simple, until it becomes quite natural to you to become master of the idea you would express.

“Idea and Essence” September 7, 1958”

“Freedom lies within.”

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen”

“give me the luxuries of life and I will gladly do without the necessities.”

“Building becomes architecture only when the mind of man consciously takes it and tries with all his resources to make it beautiful, to put concordance, sympathy with nature, and all that into it. Then you have architecture.”

“Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change.”

“Liberty may be granted but freedom cannot be conferred. Freedom is from within. Notwithstanding all the abuses to which freedom is now subject–marking man down as a commercial item and cutting him off from his birthright by senseless
excess and the demoralization of the profit-system–yet man may still be in love with life and find life less and less abundant for this very reason. Truth is of freedom, always safe and affirmative, therefore conservative. Truth proclaims rejection of dated minor traditions, doomed by the great Tradition of The Law of Change is truth’s great “eternal.” Freedom is this “great becoming.”

“…pseudo-scientific minds, like those of the scientist or the painter in love with the pictorial, both teaching as they were taught to become architects, practice a kind of building which is inevitably the result of conditioning of the mind instead of enlightenment. By this standard means also, the old conformities are appearing as new but only in another guise, more insidious because they are especially convenient to the standardizations of the modernist plan-factory and wholly ignorant of anything but public expediency. So in our big cities architecture like religion is helpless under the blows of science and the crushing weight of conformity–caused to gravitate to the masquerade in our streets in the name of “modernity.” Fearfully concealing lack of initial courage or fundamental preparation or present merit: reactionary. Institutional public influences calling themselves conservative are really no more than the usual political stand-patters or social lid-sitters. As a feature of our cultural life architecture takes a backward direction, becomes less truly radical as our life itself grows more sterile, more conformist. All this in order to be safe?
How soon will “we the people” awake to the fact that the philosophy of natural or intrinsic building we are here calling organic is at one with our freedom–as declared, 1776?”

“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.”

“The primitive ideals of centralization are now largely self-defeating. Human crucifixion by vertically on the now static checkerboard of the old city is pattern already in agony; yet for lack of any organic planing it is going on and on–not living, but rather hanging by its eyebrows from its nervous system.”

“The thing always happens that you really believe in and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”

RELATED: 85+ Archie Quotes From The Hero Of Riverdale

“How is he made? Oftentimes bitter, sometimes sweet, seldom even wide-awake, architectural criticism of “the modern” wholly lacks inspiration or any qualification because it lacks the appreciation that is love: the flame essential to profound understanding. Only as criticism is the fruit of such experience will it ever be able truly to appraise anything. Else the spirit of true criteria is lacking. That spirit is love and love alone can understand. So art criticism is usually sour and superficial today because it would seem to know all about everything but understand nothing. Usually the public prints afford no more than a kind of irresponsible journalese wholly dependent upon some form of comparison, commercialization or pseudo-personal opinion made public. Critics may have minds of their own, but what chance have they to use them when experience in creating the art they write about is rarely theirs? So whatever they may happen to learn, and you learn from them, is very likely to put over on both of you as it was put over on them. Truth is seldom in the critic; and either good or bad, what comes from him is seldom his. Current criticism is something to take always on suspicion, if taken at all.”

“Le génie est un péché contre la masse.”

“As we work along our various ways, there takes shape within us, in some sort, an ideal – something we are to become – some work to be done. This, I think, is denied to very few, and we begin really to live only when the thrill of this ideality moves us in what we will to accomplish.”

“The belief in a thing makes it happen.”

“The Machine is Intellect mastering the drudgery of the earth that the plastic art may live; that the margin of leisure and strength by which man’s life upon earth can be made beautiful, may immeasurably widen; its function ultimately to emancipate human expression!”

“The mission of an architect is to help people understand how to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give reason, rhyme, and meaning to life.”

“You will find Goodness and Truth everywhere you go. If you have to choose, choose Truth. For that is closest to Earth. Keep close to the Earth, …: in that lies strength. Simplicity of heart is just as necessary for an architect as for a farmer or a minister if the architect is going to build great buildings.”

“1. An honest ego in a healthy body
2. An eye to see nature
3. A heart to feel nature
4. Courage to follow nature
5. A sense of proportion (humor)
6. Appreciation of work as idea and idea as work
7. Fertility of imagination
8. Capacity for faith and rebellion
9. Disregard for commonplace (inorganic) elegance
10. Instinctive cooperation”

“The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.”

“The measure of a man’s culture is the measure of his appreciation. We are ourselves what we appreciate and no more.”

“Man is a phase of nature, and only as he is related to nature does he matter, does he have any account whatever above the dust.”

“The best thing to do is go as far out as you can get… what you regard as ‘too far’–and when others follow, as they will, move on.”

“Art for art’s sake is a philosophy of the well-fed. ”

“An architect’s most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board and a wrecking ball at the site.”

“To me, young has no meaning. It’s something you can do nothing about, nothing at all. But youth is a quality. And if you have it, you never lose it.”

“The longer that I live the more beautiful life becomes.”

“Philosophy is to the mind of the architect as eyesight to his steps. The Term ‘genius’ when applied to him simply means a man who understands what others only know about. A poet, artist or architect, necessarily ‘understands’ in this sense and is likely, if not careful, to have the term ‘genius’ applied to him; in which case he will no longer be thought human, trustworthy or companionable.
Whatever may be his medium of expression he utters truth with manifest beauty of thought. If he is an architect, his building is natural. In him, philosophy and genius live by each other, but the combination is subject to popular suspicion and appellation ‘genius’ likely to settle him–so far as the public is concerned.”

“Our forefathers were not only brave. I believe they were right. I believe that what they meant was that every man born had equal right to grow from scratch by way of his own power unhindered to the highest expression of himself possible to him. This of course not antagonistic by sympathetic to the growth of all men as brothers. Free emulation not imitation of the “bravest and the best” is to be expected of him. Uncommon he may and will and should become as inspiration to his fellows, not a reflection upon them, not to be resented but accepted–and in this lies the only condition of the common man’s survival. So only is he intrinsic to democracy.
Persistently holding quality above quantity only as he attempts to live a superior life of his own, and to whatsoever degree in whatever case he finds it; this is his virtue in a democracy such as ours was designed to be.
Only this sense of proportion affords tranquility of spirit, in itself beauty, in either character of action. Nature is never other than serene even in a thunderstorm. The assumption of the “firm countenance, lips compressed” in denial or resentment is not known to her as it is known to civilization. Such negation by human countenance may be moral (civilization is inclined to morality) but even so not nature. Again exuberance is repose but never excess.”

“Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.”

“Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.”

“How many understand that Nature is the essencial character of whatever is. It’s something you’ll find by looking not at, but in, always in. It’s always inside the thing, and it makes the outside. And some day, when you get sufficiently proficient in understanding the use of the term, you can tell by the outside pretty much from what’s inside.
[…] But everything that’s ever going to be of use to you in architecture or in life or anywhere you go or whatever you do is going to be Nature, in some of its immensely varied forms. So varied that there’s no end to the variety imaginable.

“Nature” September 7, 1958”

“Space is the breath of art.”

RELATED: 100+ Gran Torino Quotes That Are Sure To Drive Your Adrenaline

“Philip Johnson is a highbrow. A highbrow is a man educated beyond his capacity. His house is a box of glass — not shelter. The meaning of the word shelter includes privacy.”

“We have no longer an outside and an inside as two separate things. Now the outside may come inside and the inside may and does go outside. They are of each other. Form and function thus become one in design and execution if the nature of materials and method and purpose are all in unison.”

“The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines — so they should go as far as possible from home to build their first buildings.”

“…the multitudinous substitutes for indigenous culture cannot grow. Having no roots, they can only age and decay. Studious, sincere youth retires, defeated. American youth, capable of becoming serious competent artists, under such pressure as this on every side, confused, try not to give up–or “fall in line.” This is the nature of about all that can be called American education in the arts and architecture at this time. As for religion true to the teaching of the great redeemer who said “The Kingdom of God is within you”–that religion is yet to come: the concept true not only for the new reality of building but for the faith we call democracy.”

“…there is no true understanding of any art without some knowledge of its philosophy. Only then does its meaning come clear.”

“Can it be that the ultimate chapter of this new era of democratic freedom is going to be deformed by this growing drift toward conformity encouraged by politics and sentimental education? If so then by what name shall our national American character be justly called? Doomed to beget only curiosities or monstrosities in art, architecture and religion by artists predominant chiefly by compliance with commercial expediency?
Machine standardization is apparently growing to mean little that is inspiring to the human spirit. We see the American workman himself becoming the prey of gangsterism made official. Everything as now professionalized, in time dies spiritually. Must the innate beauty of American life succumb or be destroyed? Can we save truth as beauty and beauty as truth in our country only if truth becomes the chief concern of our serious citizens and their artists, architects and men of religion, independent of established authority?”

“Now a work of art is a work of nature, but it is a work of human nature. It is a work of the mind: and it’s a work of the mind in circumstances for an occasion which, to which, for which, and which it may be supremely natural and simple and effective.

“The Nature of Art” December 19, 1954”

“Man in his upended street must know he is becoming a mere numerical item of convenience; on the way to being a thing. His inherent instinct for love and beauty is not only becoming suspect but, in spite of all intent, useless to society. He sees the human creature atrophy as he sees poverty of imagination in much “modern art,” so-called. But it was Walt Whitman himself who raised the perpendicular hand to declare: “It is provided in the essence of things that from any fruition of success no matter what, shall come forth something to make a greater struggle necessary.” This is what is now coming forth in our architecture as in our life.”

“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.”

“A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50, and a fool if he doesn’t afterward.”

“An idea is inevitably a coordination. It is a coming together of something that is separate or disorganized or incomplete. With an idea you begin to feel into the nature of that incompleteness.

“Nature and Idea” December 30, 1956”

“Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men.Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.”

“Life is truth…”

“The measure of its nobility and its continuity is its depth of feeling and its sincerity. And if it has that quality, it stands.

“Toward a New architecture” July 14, 1957”

“What is needed most in architecture today is the very thing that is most needed in life- Integrity. Just as it is in a human being, so integrity is the deepest quality in a building…if we succeed, we will have done a great service to our moral nature- the psyche- of our democratic society…Stand up for integrity in your building and you stand for integrity not only in the life of those who did the building but socially a reciprocal relationship is inevitable.”

“…there is no true understanding of any art without some knowledge of its philosophy. Only then does its meaning come clear.”

RELATED: 80+ Skeletor Quotes That Makes Him Evilest among the Evils

“A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.”

“A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50, and a fool if he doesn’t afterward.”

“A professional is one who does his best work when he feels the least like working.”

“An architect’s most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board and a wrecking ball at the site.”

“An idea is salvation by imagination”

“Art for art’s sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.”

“Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change.”

“Early in my career…I had to choose between an honest arrogance and a hypercritical humility… I deliberately choose an honest arrogance, and I’ve never been sorry.”

“Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.”

“Freedom lies within.”

“Give me the luxuries of life and I will gladly do without the necessities.”

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”

“If it sells, it’s art.”

“I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.”

“Imitation is always insult–not flattery.”

“Less is more only when more is too much.”

“Life is truth…”

“Love is the virtue of the Heart, Sincerity is the virtue of the Mind, Decision is the virtue of the Will, Courage is the virtue of the Spirit.”

“Man is a phase of nature, and only as he is related to nature does he matter, does he have any account whatever above the dust.”

“Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.”

“Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.”

“Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.”

“Philip Johnson is a highbrow. A highbrow is a man educated beyond his capacity. His house is a box of glass — not shelter. The meaning of the word shelter includes privacy.”

“Space is the breath of art.”

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

“Television is chewing gum for the eyes.”

“The best thing to do is go as far out as you can get… what you regard as ‘too far’–and when others follow, as they will, move on.”

“The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.”

“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.”

“The longer that I live the more beautiful life becomes.”

“The measure of a man’s culture is the measure of his appreciation. We are ourselves what we appreciate and no more.”

“The measure of its nobility and its continuity is its depth of feeling and its sincerity. And if it has that quality, it stands. “Toward a New architecture” July 14, 1957″

“The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines — so they should go as far as possible from home to build their first buildings.”

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”

“The truth is more important than the facts.”

“There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.”

“Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.”

“To me, young has no meaning. It’s something you can do nothing about, nothing at all. But youth is a quality. And if you have it, you never lose it.”

“You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having.”

“Youth is a circumstance you can’t do anything about. The trick is to grow up without getting old.”

“Youth is not an age thing. It’s a quality. Once you’ve had it, you never lose it.”

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.