Frank Lloyd Wright, born Frank Lincoln Wright

Frank Lloyd
Wright, born Frank Lincoln Wright

American Architect, Interior Designer, Writer and Educator

Author Quotes

My building will last at least 300 years.

Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.

The inappropriate cannot be beautiful.

The screech and mechanical uproar of the big city turns the citified head, fills citified ears--as the song of birds, wind in the trees, animal cries, or as the voices and songs of his loved ones once filled his heart. He is sidewalk-happy.

He exposes all the function on the top and puts the form below. It's as if you were to wear your entrails on top of your head. [about un-named architect]

I think Ms. [Marilyn] Monroe's architecture is extremely good architecture

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

Nature is all the body of God we mortals will ever see.

So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal.

The land is the simplest form of architecture. Building upon the land is as natural to man as to other animals birds or insects.

The sense of space within the reality of any building is a new concept wherever architecture is concerned. But it is essential ancient principle just the same and is not only necessary now but implied by the ideal of democracy itself.

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.

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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