Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.
The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.
A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.
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.
An idea is salvation by imagination.
Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change.
Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.
Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.
Space is the breath of art.
TV is chewing gum for the eyes.
Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.
Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.
No house should ever be on any hill or on anything. It should be of the hill, belonging to it, so hill and house could live together each the happier for the other.
If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.
Less is only more where more is no good.
An architect’s most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.
Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.
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.
Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.
All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable.
Art for art’s sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.
Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.
Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.
The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.
Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstances.
The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.
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.
Mechanization best serves mediocrity.
Respect the masterpiece. It is true reverence to man. There is no quality so great, none so much needed now.
I believe totally in a Capitalist System, I only wish that someone would try it.
New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed… a race for rent.
Life always rides in strength to victory, not through internationalism… but only through the direct responsibility of the individual.
To look at the cross-section of any plan of a big city is to look at something like the section of a fibrous tumor.
I hate intellectuals. They are from the top down. I am from the bottom up.