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No stream rises higher than its source.
by Frank Lloyd Wright

No stream rises higher than its source.
Whatever 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.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

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I know the price of success: dedication, hard work,
and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The thing always happens that you really believe in;
and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.
- Frank Lloyd Wright


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The truth is more important than the facts.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstances.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

An idea is salvation by imagination.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

 

The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Freedom is from within.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

"Think simple" as my old master used to say -
meaning reduce the whole of its parts
into the simplest terms,
getting back to first principles.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

An architect's most useful tools are
an eraser at the drafting board,
and a wrecking bar at the site.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Regard it as just as desirable to build
a chicken house as to build a cathedral.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Form follows function - that has been misunderstood.
Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The present is the ever moving shadow
that divides yesterday from tomorrow.
In that lies hope.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Give me the luxuries of life
and I will willingly do without the necessities.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Less is only more where more is no good.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Get the habit of analysis -
analysis will in time enable synthesis
to become your habit of mind.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

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

Nature is my manifestation of God.
I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The physician can bury his mistakes,
but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines -
so they should go as far as possible from home
to build their first buildings.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Study nature, love nature,
stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

A doctor can bury his mistakes
but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature,
and it has often been said by philosophers,
that nature is the will of God.
And I prefer to say that nature
is the only body of God that we shall ever see.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Television is chewing gum for the eyes.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

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

The architect should strive continually to simplify;
the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered
that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The architect must be a prophet...
a prophet in the true sense of the term...
if he can't see at least ten years ahead don't call him an architect.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Simplicity and repose are qualities
that measure the true value of any work of art.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet.
He must be a great original interpreter
of his time, his day, his age.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Lack of culture means what it has always meant:
ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

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

To look at the cross-section of any plan of a big city
is to look at something like the section of a fibrous tumor.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Bureaucrats: they are dead at 30 and buried at 60.
They are like custard pies; you can't nail them to a wall.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Life always rides in strength to victory,
not through internationalism...
but only through the direct responsibility of the individual.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Toleration and liberty are the foundations of a great republic.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

I feel coming on a strange disease - humility.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Tip the world over on its side and
everything loose will land in Los Angeles.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

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

Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance
and hypocritical humility.
I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The space within becomes the reality of the building.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50,
and a fool if he doesn't afterward.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students,
and turns them into prunes.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

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

A great architect is not made by way of a brain
nearly so much as he is made by way
of a cultivated, enriched heart.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use
and a finer sense of comfort,
expressed in organic simplicity.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

TV is chewing gum for the eyes.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Organic buildings are the strength
and lightness of the spiders' spinning,
buildings qualified by light,
bred by native character to environment,
married to the ground.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The Lincoln Memorial is related to the toga
and the civilization that wore it.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Space is the breath of art.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons
out of the hands of fools.
Let's start with typewriters.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

A free America... means just this:
individual freedom for all, rich or poor,
or else this system of government we call democracy
is only an expedient to enslave man
to the machine and make him like it.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.
- Anonymous (often attributed to Abraham Lincoln)

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

Where there is no accusation of "fault,"
there can be no anger.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
- Leonardo da Vinci

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore


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