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Frank Lloyd Wright Quotes

An American architect.
(1867 - 1959)

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"Think simple" as my old master used to say - meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.

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

A free America, democratic in the sense that our forefathers intended it to be, means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call 'democracy' is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.

A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.

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

All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable.

An architect's most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.

An idea is salvation by imagination.

Architecture is life, or at least it is life itself taking form and therefore it is the truest record of life as it was lived in the world yesterday, as it is lived today or ever will be lived.

Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.

Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun.

Bureaucrats: they are dead at 30 and buried at 60. They are like custard pies; you can't nail them to a wall.

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

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

Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.

Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.

Freedom is from within.

Get the habit of analysis - analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind.

Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.

God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature, and it has often been said by philosophers, that nature is the will of God. And I prefer to say that nature is the only body of God that we shall ever see.

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