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ARCHITECTURE
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Houses are built to live in, not to look on; therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.
      - Francis Bacon, Essays--Of Building

There was King Bradmond's palace,
  Was never none richer, the story says:
    For all the windows and the walls
      Were painted with gold, both towers and halls;
        Pillars and doors all were of brass;
          Windows of latten were set with glass;
            It was so rich in many wise,
              That it was like a paradise.
      - Sir Bevis of Hamptoun,
        a manuscript in Caius College

For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; . . .
      - Bible, Ephesians (ch. II, v. 14)

And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.
      - Bible, I Kings (ch. VI, v. 7)

The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. CXVIII, v. 22)

Old houses mended,
  Cost little less than new, before they're ended.
      - Colley Cibber,
        Prologue to the Double Gallant (l. 15)

A Gothic church is a petrified religion.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Architecture exhibits the greatest extent of the difference from nature which may exist in works of art. It involves all the powers of design, and is sculpture and painting inclusively. It shows the greatness of man, and should at the same time teach him humility.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Silently as a dream the fabric rose;
  No sound of hammer or of saw was there.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. V, l. 144)

A man who could build a church, as one may say, by squinting at a sheet of paper.
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit
         (vol. II, ch. VI)

Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul.
      - Ernest Dimnet

Greek architecture is the flowering of geometry.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Moller, in his Essay on Architecture, taught that the building which was fitted accurately to answer its end would turn out to be beautiful, though beauty had not been intended. I find the like unity in human structures rather virulent and pervasive.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Gothic cathedral is a blossoming in stone subdued by the insatiable demand of harmony in man. The mountain of granite blooms into an eternal flower, with the lightness and delicate finish, as well as the aerial proportions and perspective of vegetable beauty.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Of History

Earth proudly wears the Parthenon
  As best gem upon her zone.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Problem

The hand that rounded Peter's dome
  And groined the aisles of Christian Rome,
    Wrought in a sad sincerity;
      Himself from God he could not free;
        He builded better than he knew;
          The conscious stone to beauty grew.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Problem

An arch never sleeps.
      - James Fergusson,
        History of Indian and Eastern Architecture
         (p. 210)

Architecture is frozen music.
  [Ger., Die Backunst ist eine erstarrte Musik.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Conversation with Eckermann

Rich windows that exclude the light,
  And passages that lead to nothing.
      - Thomas Gray, A Long Story

The poetry of bricks and mortar.
      - Horace Greeley

If cities were built by the sound of music, then some edifices would appear to be constructed by grave, solemn tones,--others to have danced forth to light fantastic airs.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

No workman steel, no pond'rous axes rung:
  Like some tall palm the noiseless fabric sprung.
      - Reginald Heber

No hammers fell, no ponderous axes rung,
  Like some tall palm the mystic fabric sprung.
    Majestic silence.
      - Reginald Heber, Palestine (l. 163)

When I lately stood with a friend before [the cathedral of] Amiens, . . . he asked me how it happens that we can no longer build such piles? I replied: "Dear Alphonse, men in those days had convictions (Ueberzeugungen), we moderns have opinions (Meinungen) and it requires something more than an opinion to build a Gothic cathedral.
      - Heinrich Heine,
        Confidential Letters to August Lewald on the French Stage
         (letter 9), translated by C.G. Leland

Architecture is the art of how to waste space.
      - Philip Johnson, in the "New York Times"


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