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.
An architect’s most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.
Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.
Putini stiu ca F.L. Wright a scris A Testament.
An idea is salvation by imagination.
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.
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.
Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students, and turns them into prunes.
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
I feel coming on a strange disease – humility.
Less is only more where more is no good.
Life always rides in strength to victory, not through internationalism… but only through the direct responsibility of the individual.
Mechanization best serves mediocrity.
Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain.
No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.
No stream rises higher than its source. What ever man might build could never express or reflect more than he was. He could record neither more nor less than he had learned of life when the buildings were built.
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.
Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.
Organic buildings are the strength and lightness of the spiders’ spinning, buildings qualified by light, bred by native character to environment, married to the ground.
Respect the masterpiece. It is true reverence to man. There is no quality so great, none so much needed now.
Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.
Space is the breath of art.
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
The architect must be a prophet… a prophet in the true sense of the term… if he can’t see at least ten years ahead don’t call him an architect.
The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty.
The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.
The space within becomes the reality of the building.
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.
„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.
Well, now that he’s finished one building, he’ll Le Corbusier go write four books about it.