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Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts. Painting and sculpture are but images, are merely shadows cast by outward things on stone or canvas, having in themselves no separate existence. Architecture, existing in itself, and not in seeming a something it is not, surpasses them as substance shadow.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) U.S. poet.

When we build, let us think that we build for ever.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.

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

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) American architect.

Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders.

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.


No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.

Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British clergyman and author.

Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.

A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature.

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) French poet, writer and art critic.

An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.