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

but I was just borrowing it

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“Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.” – – Lionel Trilling [1905-1975] American literary critic, writer, teacher

Lionel Mordecai Trilling

Lionel Mordecai Trilling

“Heredity is a strong factor, even in architecture. Necessity first mothered invention. Now invention has little ones of her own, and they look just like grandma.” – – E. B. White [1899–1985] American writer, editor

Elwyn Brooks "E. B." White

Elwyn Brooks “E. B.” White

“Where do architects and designers get their ideas?” The answer, of course, is mainly from other architects and designers, so is it mere casuistry to distinguish between tradition and plagiarism?” – – Stephen Bayley [b. 1951] British design critic, cultural critic, journalist and author

Stephen Paul Bayley

Stephen Paul Bayley

“The secret to originality is carefully concealing one’s sources.” – – Charles Moore [1925-1993] American architect, educator, writer

Charles Willard Moore

Charles Willard Moore FAIA

“Style is something you can use, and you can be like a magpie, just taking what you want. The idea of the rigid style seemed to me then something you needn’t concern yourself with, it would trap you.” – – David Hockney [b. 1937] English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer – but lived in Los Angeles, California much of his life

David Hockney OM CH RA

David Hockney OM CH RA

“If there is something to be stolen, I steal it.” – – Pablo Picasso [1881-1973] Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright – but lived in France most of his life

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso