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Buildings Quotes

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Jasper Fforde
“If it weren't for greed, intolerance, hate, passion and murder, you would have no works of art, no great buildings, no medical science, no Mozart, no Van Gough, no Muppets and no Louis Armstrong.”
Jasper Fforde, The Big Over Easy

Noël Coward
“I don't know what London's coming to — the higher the buildings the lower the morals.”
Noël Coward, Collected Sketches and Lyrics

Alain de Botton
“We depend on our surroundings obliquely to embody the moods and ideas we respect and then to remind us of them. We look to our buildings to hold us, like a kind of psychological mould, to a helpful vision of ourselves. We arrange around us material forms which communicate to us what we need — but are at constant risk of forgetting what we need — within. We turn to wallpaper, benches, paintings and streets to staunch the disappearance of our true selves.”
Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness

Alain de Botton
“We used to build temples, and museums are about as close as secular society dares to go in facing up to the idea that a good building can change your life (and a bad one ruin it).”
Alain de Botton

Victor Hugo
“Admirable, however, as the Paris of the present day appears to you, build up and put together again in imagination the Paris of the fifteenth century; look at the light through that surprising host of steeples, towers, and belfries; pour forth amid the immense city, break against the points of its islands, compress within the arches of the bridges, the current of the Seine, with its large patches of green and yellow, more changeable than a serpent's skin; define clearly the Gothic profile of this old Paris upon an horizon of azure, make its contour float in a wintry fog which clings to its innumerable chimneys; drown it in deep night, and observe the extraordinary play of darkness and light in this sombre labyrinth of buildings; throw into it a ray of moonlight, which shall show its faint outline and cause the huge heads of the towers to stand forth from amid the mist; or revert to that dark picture, touch up with shade the thousand acute angles of the spires and gables, and make them stand out, more jagged than a shark's jaw, upon the copper-coloured sky of evening. Now compare the two.”
Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Markus Zusak
“The city buildings in the distance are holding up the sky, it seems.”
Markus Zusak, Fighting Ruben Wolfe

“Architecture is the very mirror of life. You only have to cast your eyes on buildings to feel the presence of the past, the spirit of a place; they are the reflection of society.”
I. M. Pei

Dejan Stojanovic
“We built tall buildings, but we have not become any taller.”
Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

Tom Wolfe
“[H]e could see the island of Manhattan off to the left. The towers were jammed together so tightly, he could feel the mass and stupendous weight.Just think of the millions, from all over the globe, who yearned to be on that island, in those towers, in those narrow streets! There it was, the Rome, the Paris, the London of the twentieth century, the city of ambition, the dense magnetic rock, the irresistible destination of all those who insist on being where things are happening-and he was among the victors!”
Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities

Jared Diamond
“The Anasazi did manage to construct in stone the largest and tallest buildings erected in North America until the Chicago steel girder skyscrapers of the 1880s.”
Jared Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Thomas Hardy
“The yard was a little centre of regeneration. Here, with keen edges and smooth curves, were forms in the exact likeness of those he had seen abraded and time-eaten on the walls. These were the ideas in modern prose which the lichened colleges presented in old poetry. Even some of those antiques might have been called prose when they were new. They had done nothing but wait, and had become poetical. How easy to the smallest building; how impossible to most men.”
Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure

Leonardo Donofrio
“Rome and New York were impressive, but they knew they were. They had the beauty of a vain woman who had squeezed herself into her favourite dress after hours of careful self worship. There was a raw, feral beauty about this landscape that was totally unselfconscious but no less real...There was no pomp or vainty here; this was an innocent, natural beauty, the best kind, like a woman first thing in the morning, lit up by the sun streaming through a window, who doesn't quite believe it when you tell her how beautiful she is.”
Leonardo Donofrio, Old Country

Willa Cather
“Either a building is part of a place or it is not. Once that kinship is there, time will only make it stronger.”
Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop

Peter Zumthor
“Construction is the art of making a meaningful whole out of many parts. Buildings are witnesses to the human ability to construct concrete things. I believe that the real core of all architectural work lies in the act of construction. At the point in time concrete materials are assembled and erected, the architecture we have been looking for becomes part of the real world.”
Peter Zumthor

Alex Dimitrov
“I'll never get over the fact
that the buildings all light up at night,
and the night comes every night
and without regret we let it go.
We sleep a little and we live.
That's what we do.”
Alex Dimitrov, American Boys

Eraldo Banovac
“If you want to have a strong structure, build the foundations the right way.”
Eraldo Banovac

Munia Khan
“We live in a world where a hut made of clay is more durable than brick buildings, because poverty doesn't allow it to be reconstructed.”
Munia Khan

J.D. Vance
“...intricate stone carvings and wood trim gave the law school an almost medieval feel. You'd even sometimes hear that we went to HLS (Hogwarts Law School).”
J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Lois Farfel Stark
“We form a mental map, and then that shape, shapes us”
Lois Farfel Stark, The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times

Ann-Marie MacDonald
“I love the buildings. They're called skyscrapers. They're the closest thing to an ocean here. But it's an ocean that goes straight up, not flat out. They say that the body of water stretching away to the east of Manhattan is the ocean but it isn't. Not my ocean, anyway. It's weird because back home I just took it for granted, my grey-green sea. Now I have a granite ocean. It gives me the same happy-sad feeling I need sometimes. When I look straight up at the buildings I can feel alone in a good way. Not in that horrible way of no one knows me.”
Ann-Marie MacDonald, Fall on Your Knees

John Ruskin
“It does not much matter that an individual loses two or three hundred pounds in buying a bad picture, but it is to be regretted that a nation should lose two or three hundred thousand in raising a ridiculous building.”
John Ruskin

Lois Farfel Stark
“Like a spider in its web, a vibration anywhere
is felt everywhere.”
Lois Farfel Stark, The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times

Lois Farfel Stark
“We are what we build”
Lois Farfel Stark, The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times

Haruki Murakami
“It was––how shall I put it?––a painfully solitary building. Let me explain. Say we have a concept. It goes without saying that there will be slight exceptions to that norm. Now, over time these exceptions spread like stains until finally they form a separate concept. To which other exceptions crop up. It was that kind of building, some ancient life form that had evolved blindly, toward who knows what end.”
Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase

Lois Farfel Stark
“Our prism can become our prison”
Lois Farfel Stark, The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times

“Let's do it right. This is for the ages.”
I. M. Pei

“Tall buildings have always intimidated me,
but I somehow feel comforted, by an even taller tree.”
Akash Mandal

“The structure of life I have described in buildings - the structure which I believe to be objective - is deeply and inextricably connected with the human person, and with the innermost nature of human feeling. -Christopher Alexander”
Louisa Thomsen Brits, The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well

“A lift is a rift between floors.”
Anthony T.Hincks

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