Frank Lloyd Wright

Quotations

The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.

New York Times Magazine, October 4, 1953

If you foolishly ignore beauty, you’ll soon find yourself without it. Your life will be improverished. But if you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.

Freedom is from within.

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

I believe totally in a Capitalist System, I only wish that someone would try it.

It is a great monument to the power of money and greed…a race for rent.

on New York City

Truth against the world.

Wright family motto

Individuality realized is the supreme attainment of the human soul, the master-master’s work of art. Individuality is sacred.

No stream rises higher than its source. What ever man might build could never express or reflect more than he was. He could record neither more nor less than he had learned of life when the buildings were built.

Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstances.

An idea is salvation by imagination.

An expert is a man who has stopped thinking – he knows!

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Television is chewing gum for the eyes.

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Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.

I believe in God, only I spell it “Nature”.

As quoted in Quote magazine (14 August 1966)

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.

Quoted in A Living Architecture : Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin Architects (2000) by John Rattenbury

Early in life, I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change.

As quoted in The World's Best Thoughts on Life & Living (1981) compiled by Eugene Raudsepp

No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.

Frank Lloyd Wright, An Autobiography (1932)

Architecture is life, or at least it is life itself taking form and therefore it is the truest record of life as it was lived in the world yesterday, as it is lived today or ever will be lived.