145+ Best Frank Lloyd Wright Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, abundantly creative master of American architecture, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. He believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. His “Prairie style” became the basis of 20th-century residential design. Inspirational Frank Lloyd Wright quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Most Famous Frank Lloyd Wright Quotes

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

The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization. – Frank Lloyd Wright

The good building is not one that hurts the landscape, but one which makes the landscape more beautiful than it was before the building was built. – Frank Lloyd Wright

We create our buildings and then they create us. Likewise, we construct our circle of friends and our communities and then they construct us. – Frank Lloyd Wright

If you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life. – Frank Lloyd Wright

As we live and as we are, Simplicity – with a capital “”S”” – is difficult to comprehend nowadays. We are no longer truly simple. We no longer live in simple terms or places. Life is a more complex struggle now. It is now valiant to be simple: a courageous thing to even want to be simple. It is a spiritual thing to comprehend what simplicity means. – Frank Lloyd Wright

The human race built most nobly when limitations were greatest. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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

An idea is salvation by imagination – 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

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

A professional is one who does his best work when he feels the least like working. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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

Love is the virtue of the Heart, Sincerity is the virtue of the Mind, Decision is the virtue of the Will, Courage is the virtue of the Spirit. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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

Youth is not an age thing. It’s a quality. Once you’ve had it, you never lose it. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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

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

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

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

If it sells, it’s art. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Youth is a circumstance you can’t do anything about. The trick is to grow up without getting old. – Frank Lloyd Wright

You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Freedom lies within. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Imitation is always insult–not flattery. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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

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

The measure of a man’s culture is the measure of his appreciation. We are ourselves what we appreciate and no more. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world. – Frank Lloyd Wright

To me, young has no meaning. It’s something you can do nothing about, nothing at all. But youth is a quality. And if you have it, you never lose it. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Man is a phase of nature, and only as he is related to nature does he matter, does he have any account whatever above the dust. – 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

The longer that I live the more beautiful life becomes. – Frank Lloyd Wright

An architect’s most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board and a wrecking ball at the site. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Philip Johnson is a highbrow. A highbrow is a man educated beyond his capacity. His house is a box of glass — not shelter. The meaning of the word shelter includes privacy. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Space is the breath of art. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Life is truth… – Frank Lloyd Wright

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

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

“The measure of its nobility and its continuity is its depth of feeling and its sincerity. And if it has that quality, it stands. “”Toward a New architecture”” – Frank Lloyd Wright

There is no true understanding of any art without some knowledge of its philosophy. Only then does its meaning come clear. – 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

If you foolishly ignore beauty, then you will soon find yourself without it. – Frank Lloyd Wright

The only thing wrong with architecture is architects. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Bring out the nature of the materials. Let their nature intimately into your scheme. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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

How many understand that Nature is the essential character of whatever is. It’s something you’ll find by looking not at, but in, always in. It’s always inside the thing, and it makes the outside. And some day, when you get sufficiently proficient in understanding the use of the term, you can tell by the outside pretty much from what’s inside. – Frank Lloyd Wright

A civilization is only a way of life. A culture is the way of making that way of life beautiful. So culture is your office here in America, and as no stream can rise higher than its source, so you can give no more or better to architecture than you are. So why not go to work on yourselves, to make yourselves, in quality, what you would have your buildings be? – Frank Lloyd Wright

Each material has its own message. – Frank Lloyd Wright

A vital difference between the professional man and a man of business is that money making to the professional man should, by virtue of his assumption, be incidental; to the businessman it is primary. Money has its limitations; while it may buy quantity, there is something beyond it and that is quality. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Architecture is essentially Human; it is the Human spirit manifesting itself. For when a Man builds, there, you’ve got him; you know exactly what, who and how that Man is. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Building becomes architecture only when the mind of man consciously takes it and tries with all his resources to make it beautiful, to put concordance, sympathy with nature, and all that into it. Then you have architecture. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Nature is all the body of God we mortals will ever see. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds. Remy de Gourmont An idea is salvation by imagination – 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

“””I don’t know whether you are a saint or a fool”” said my lawyer. I replied “”Is there a difference?””” – Frank Lloyd Wright

The scientist has marched in and taken the place of the poet. But one day somebody will find the solution to the problems of the world and remember, it will be a poet, not a scientist. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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

Wood is universally beautiful to man. It is the most humanly intimate of all materials. – Frank Lloyd Wright

More and more, so it seems to me, light is the beautifier of the building. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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

Human beings can be beautiful. If they are not beautiful it is entirely their own fault. It is what they do to themselves that makes them ugly. The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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

It’s easier to make changes with a pencil than a wrecking bar. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession of his own earth – Frank Lloyd Wright

Space. The continual becoming: invisible fountain from which all rhythms flow and to which they must pass. Beyond time or infinity – Frank Lloyd Wright

The best friend on earth of man is the tree: When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources of the earth. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Beautiful buildings are more than scientific. They are true organisms, spiritually conceived; works of art, using the best technology by inspiration rather than the idiosyncrasies of mere taste or any averaging by the committee mind. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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. – Frank Lloyd Wright

The outside of any building may now come inside and the inside go outside, each seems as part of the other. Continuity, plasticity, and all the new simplicity the imply have at last come home. – 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

I attend the greatest of all Churches. I put a capital N on Nature, and call it my Church. – Frank Lloyd Wright

When we come to understand architecture as the essential nature of all harmonious structure we will see that it is the architecture of music that inspired Bach and Beethoven, the architecture of painting that is inspiring Picasso as it inspired Velasquez, that it is the architecture of life itself that is the inspiration of the great poets and philosophers. – 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

The best thing to do is go as far out as you can get… what you regard as ‘too far’ – and when others follow, as they will, move on – 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

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

A building should appear to grow easily from its site and be shaped to harmonize with its surroundings if Nature is manifest there. – 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

A building is not just a place to be but a way to be. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Art is a discovery and development of elementary principles of nature into beautiful forms suitable for human use. – Frank Lloyd Wright

You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledge hammer on the construction site. – Frank Lloyd Wright

I never design a building before I’ve seen the site and met the people who will be using it. – Frank Lloyd Wright

We should learn from the snail: it has devised a home that is both exquisite and functional. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Nature is the inspiration for all ornamentation – Frank Lloyd Wright

All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable. – 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 when the buildings were built. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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

Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun. – 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

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

A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. – 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

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

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

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

Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. – Frank Lloyd Wright

The Lincoln Memorial is related to the toga and the civilization that wore it. – 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

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

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

Why, I just shake the buildings out of my sleeves. – Frank Lloyd Wright

I feel coming on a strange disease – humility. – 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 have been black and blue in some spot, somewhere, almost all my life from too intimate contacts with my own furniture. – 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

We’re a nice team when all of us are moving. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Just 15 years ago it was farms and trees. Now we have the Family Circle Cup tennis match there with Venus and Serena Williams playing. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Meg McMullen had a really big second half for us. We need to have people step up like that and not have to rely on Katie and Lauren to carry the load every game. We’re coming to that point in the season where we need to develop some other options. – Frank Lloyd Wright

We realize people need to live somewhere but we don’t want to put ourselves in a position where we have 28 houses per acre. – Frank Lloyd Wright

We’ve been having some weekend public skates with anywhere from 300 to 400 skaters per session. It’s pretty crowded. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Well, now that he’s finished one building, he’ll Le Corbusier go write four books about it. – Frank Lloyd Wright

We didn’t do a very good job in the first half. We were very lax on defense and didn’t play with a whole lot of intensity. I thought we came back and did an excellent job in the second half. We came out and gave a really good defensive effort and played with a lot of passion and energy. – Frank Lloyd Wright

We averaged 43.5 points a game this year and they came up with 29 of those so it’s obvious how important they were. As the season wore on, we developed other options, but they were definitely the leaders. They received a lot of attention from the other team’s defense all year and they were still able to do well. – Frank Lloyd Wright

We wanted them to have to shoot over us. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Something bad happened. It doesn’t have anything to do with what they were doing. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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

This looks like a really good suburban project dropped into an urban setting. – Frank Lloyd Wright

It’s a question of disappearing into the background. We would suffer the loss of dilution. – Frank Lloyd Wright

That project has some challenges, … The good news is it has some of the only large contiguous spaces downtown. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall. – Frank Lloyd Wright

It was kind of a lackluster game. We did what we needed to do to win. – Frank Lloyd Wright

It helped us that they could both get to the rim, they were not one-dimensional at all. They also had to develop better court awareness to distribute the ball. We will really miss Katie next year at the top of our zone. She played so long, she really changed the other team’s passing angles. – Frank Lloyd Wright

The first weekend in March is usually the end of our busy season. But this year, with the way things are going, it may keep up a little longer. – Frank Lloyd Wright

The city has been incredibly capable of reinventing itself, with shorter and shorter cycles. – Frank Lloyd Wright

From time to time the continent shifts, and everything that isn’t fastened down slides into Southern California. – Frank Lloyd Wright

I wouldnt mind seeing opera die. Ever since I was a boy, I regarded opera as a ponderous anachronism, almost the equivalent of smoking. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Now, of course, architecture is a blind spot of our life in America today. How many millions of students go to the university to be educated? They come away conditioned, not enlightened, and they know nothing of architecture, although they have a department somewhere around — probably in the basement. – Frank Lloyd Wright

I know we can’t have a great architecture while it is only for the landlord. – Frank Lloyd Wright

I doubt if there is anything in the world uglier than a Midwestern city. – Frank Lloyd Wright

If you’re going to have centralization, why not have it! – Frank Lloyd Wright

Doctors bury their mistakes, Architects cover them with ivy – Frank Lloyd Wright

Take nothing for granted as beautiful or ugly, but take every building to pieces, and challenge every feature. Learn to distinguish the curious from the beautiful. Get the habit of analysis – analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind. ‘Think simples’ as my old master used to say – meaning to reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles. – Frank Lloyd Wright

The insolence of authority is endeavoring to substitute money for ideas. – Frank Lloyd Wright

I’ll bridge these hills with graceful arches – Frank Lloyd Wright

On this simple unit-system [of building blocks] ruled on the low table-top all these forms were combined by the child into imaginative patter. Design was recreation! …The virtue of all this lay in the awakening of the childmind to rhythmic structure in Nature – giving the child a sense of innate cause-and-effect otherwise far beyond child-comprehension. – Frank Lloyd Wright

The two most important tools an architect has are the eraser in the drawing room and the sledge hammer on the construction site. – Frank Lloyd Wright

I think Ms. Monroe’s architecture is extremely good architecture. – Frank Lloyd Wright

All I learned from Eliel Saarinen was how to make out an expense account – Frank Lloyd Wright

We should have a system of economics that is structure that is organic tools. We do not have it. We are all hanging by our eyebrows from skyhooks economically, just as we are architecturally. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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