Frank Lloyd Wright, born Frank Lincoln Wright

Frank Lloyd
Wright, born Frank Lincoln Wright

American Architect, Interior Designer, Writer and Educator

Author Quotes

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.

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.

He was too good for the job. [why he didn't vote for a particular presidential candidate]

I wouldn't mind seeing opera die. Ever since I was a boy, I regarded opera as a ponderous anachronism, almost the equivalent of smoking.

It is a terrific thing to get a building built that has the qualities of greatness in it.

New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed... a race for rent.

Space. The continual becoming: invisible fountain from which all rhythms flow and to which they must pass. Beyond time or infinity.

The Lincoln Memorial is related to the toga and the civilization that wore it.

There is no true understanding of any art without some knowledge of its philosophy. Only then does its meaning come clear.

Here I am, Philip, am I indoors or am I out? Do I take my hat off or keep it on?

If capitalism is fair then unionism must be. If men have a right to capitalize their ideas and the resources of their country, then that implies the right of men to capitalize their labor.

It is where life is fundamental and free that men develop the vision needed to reveal the human soul in the blossoms it puts forth. ... In a great workshop like Chicago this creative power germinates, even though the brutality and selfish preoccupation of the place drive it elsewhere for bread. Men of this type have loved Chicago, have worked for her, and believed in her. The hardest thing they have to bear is her shame. These men could live and work here when to live and work in New York would stifle their genius and fill their purse.... New York still believes that art should be imported; brought over in ships; and is a quite contented market place. So while New York has reproduced much and produced nothing, Chicago’s achievements in architecture have gained world-wide recognition as a distinctively American architecture.

New York is the biggest mouth in the world. It appears to be prime example of the herd instinct, leading the universal urban conspiracy to beguile man from his birthright (the good ground), to hang him by his eyebrows from skyhooks above hard pavement, to crucify him, sell him, or be sold by him.

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.

The-Shadow-of-the-Wall–Primitive Instincts Still Alive.

How is he made? Oftentimes bitter, sometimes sweet, seldom even wide-awake, architectural criticism of the modern wholly lacks inspiration or any qualification because it lacks the appreciation that is love: the flame essential to profound understanding. Only as criticism is the fruit of such experience will it ever be able truly to appraise anything. Else the spirit of true criteria is lacking. That spirit is love and love alone can understand. So art criticism is usually sour and superficial today because it would seem to know all about everything but understand nothing. Usually the public prints afford no more than a kind of irresponsible journalese wholly dependent upon some form of comparison, commercialization or pseudo-personal opinion made public. Critics may have minds of their own, but what chance have they to use them when experience in creating the art they write about is rarely theirs? So whatever they may happen to learn, and you learn from them, is very likely to put over on both of you as it was put over on them. Truth is seldom in the critic; and either good or bad, what comes from him is seldom his. Current criticism is something to take always on suspicion, if taken at all.

If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.

Less is more only when more is too much.

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