quotes about art, architecture and other important things

a collection of quotes that I gathered over the years through my reading.  I don't necessarily agree with all of the ideas and opinions expressed herein but those that either provoked thought or tickled were included.

June 2014 - studio of Glenn Williams Architect NCARB

keep it simple

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“To make the simple complex with the useless is both futile and nihilistic.” – – Carlo Aymonino [1926-2010] Italian architect


Carlo Aymonino

“You only have one idea in your life.” – – Frank Gehry [b. 1929] Canadian American architect

Frank Owen Gehry, FAIA

Frank Owen (Goldberg) Gehry, FAIA, CC

“Everything should be made as simple as possible.” – – T. S. Eliot [1888-1965] American British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and “one of the twentieth century’s major poets.”

Thomas Stearns Eliot, OM

Thomas Stearns Eliot, OM

“No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.” – – John Ruskin [1819–1900] English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist

John Ruskin in 1863

John Ruskin in 1863