Frank Lloyd Wright, born Frank Lincoln Wright

Frank Lloyd
Wright, born Frank Lincoln Wright

American Architect, Interior Designer, Writer and Educator

Author Quotes

We have no longer an outside and an inside as two separate things. Now the outside may come inside and the inside may and does go outside. They are of each other. Form and function thus become one in design and execution if the nature of materials and method and purpose are all in unison.

We should have a system of economics that is structure that is organic tools. We do not have it. We are all hanging by our eyebrows from skyhooks economically, just as we are architecturally.

Well, now that he's finished one building, he'll [Le Corbusier] go write four books about it.

Wherever human life is concerned, the unnatural stricture of excessive verticality cannot stand against more natural horizontality.

Why, I just shake the buildings out of my sleeves.

You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledge hammer on the construction site.

You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having.

Youth is not an age thing. It's a quality. Once you've had it, you never lose it.

Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will.

I hate intellectuals. They are from the top down. I am from the bottom up.

I'm no teacher. Never wanted to teach and don't believe in teaching an art. Science yes, business of course… but an art cannot be taught. You can only inculcate it, you can be an exemplar, you can create an atmosphere in which it can grow. Well I suppose I, being an exemplar, could be called a teacher, in spite of myself. So go ahead, call me a teacher.

Mechanization best serves mediocrity.

Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.

The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.

The room within is the great fact about the building.

God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature, and it has been said often 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. If we wish to know the truth concerning anything, we'll find it in the nature of that thing.

I have been black and blue in some spot, somewhere, almost all my life from too-intimate contacts with my own furniture.

Imitation is always insult--not flattery.

Move the chair (or table). [Wright's response to a client who phoned him to complain of rain leaking]

Respect the masterpiece. It is true reverence to man. There is no quality so great, none so much needed now.

The heart is the first feature of working minds.

The scientist has marched in and taken the place of the poet. But one day somebody will find the solution to the problems of the world and remember, it will be a poet, not a scientist.

Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students, and turns them into prunes

I never design a building before I've seen the site and met the people who will be using it.

In 1943, many Germans went to the Wright household and held musicals.

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Frank Lloyd
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Wright, born Frank Lincoln Wright
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American Architect, Interior Designer, Writer and Educator